Obit: The Ọni of Ifẹ, Ọba Okunade Ṣijuwade joins his ancestors – Tola Adenle

July 29, 2015


The passing is real, though Palace Sources at Ile-Ife, ancestral home of Nigeria’s Yoruba say the monarch remains alive until it is first announced from The Source but it is a fact that Ọba Okunade  Ṣijuwade, Olubuṣe II, passed away yesterday around 5.00 p.m.  according to close family sources.

Ọba Olubuṣe II ascended the throne in December 1980 from then Ọyọ State Governor Bọla Ige in a ceremony as colorful and flamboyant as the monarch following the death of Ọba Adesọji Aderẹmi.

Ọba Okunade Ṣijuwade inherited Ifẹ’s long-standing conflict with his town’s next-door neighbor, Modakẹkẹ, a conflict that seemed to  have gotten worse during his reign although things seem to have simmered down in the last few years.

He was also locked in a supremacy battle with the Alaafin of Ọyọ, Ọba Lamidi Adeyẹmi on who was the supreme cultural head of all Yoruba.  Like the ancient Yoruba fratricidal wars that left no winners, it was a nasty conflict that had no real victor, but when the creation of ỌṢUN State made Ọyọ-Alaafin an Ọyọ State town while Ile-Ife became an Ọṣun State town, a measure of peace and dignity through political solution returned.

Olubuṣe II took the propagation of Yoruba customs and history very seriously, travelling far and wide in the Diaspora, especially Brazil where a swathe of the country, Bahia, has many Brazilians of Yoruba ancestry through the slave trade; many practise Yoruba traditional religion like Yemọja. He also reverted to a crown that resembled what Ọni of the past wore.

An astute businessman and friend to top businessmen and royalty across the country, he was predeceased by his good friend, the Late Emir of Kano, Alhaji Ado Bayero.

He was a top socialite by the 1960s long before he ascended the throne and was favored by musicians like King Sunny Ade who waxed the memorable lyrics that contain the [socially] undeniable words:

Ti Ṣijuwade ba ti nna ‘wo/K’ẹni  k’ẹni má mà pa’riwo/Atẹwọ ọmọde ko ni jẹ ka gbọ t’agbalagba …!

[When Ọni Olubuṣe’s son starts to honor people at a gathering by pasting money on them as is common in Yoruba custom, others should keep silent; lesser people should not attempt to compete ..!”

The late Ọni Olubuṣe was 85 years old.  May God grant him eternal rest.


WEDNESDAY, JULY 29, 2015. 5:45 p.m. [GMT]



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4 Comments on “Obit: The Ọni of Ifẹ, Ọba Okunade Ṣijuwade joins his ancestors – Tola Adenle”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    Oba w’aja. Busy life he led.



  2. Timothy Otunla Says:

    That’s all? tao

    Sent from my iPad




    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Mr. Tao,

      Thanks for your contribution which I’m taking as non-allegorical: the essay is ALL I could write which, even if longer, Desr EEgbon would never be all I could REALLY write!

      Others like your good self who are truly zodiac sons, are welcome to contribute, as always.

      My regards,



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