By Tunde Martins
Contrary to rumours making the rounds in most media (not TheBoss Newspapers) that the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi is planning to unveil a new Olori in person of one Emmanuella Ropo, the Boss Newspapers can authoritatively report that the revered monarch is not making any such plans, more so, as the person involved is already a mother. The act, according to palace source, is a taboo.
Our exclusive source spat: Ooni can’t marry any woman who has already had a baby for other man.
Our source revealed that contrary to Ife tradition, the woman in question, Emmanuella, runs a kids related boutique and fun shop.
Investigations further revealed that whoever wants to be an Olori in Ife kingdom must be a woman with no string of motherhood attached. Emmanuella, unfortunately is reported to be a mother, and has been in more than two amorous relationships.
However, unconfirmed reports have it that she’s personally interested in having the monarch pronounce her a lover, but the Kabiesi doesn’t know her in person, and sources from Ife have said that the picture being paraded was just a privilege shot by itinerant phototakers,and does not preclude any relationship.
TheBoss learnt that the rumour is being peddled by some of her friends who have close relationship with her estranged lover, known simply as Femi. It was said that they actually orchestrated the scandal to frustrate Emmanuella’s future relationships after she allegedly jilted him.
Palace source told TheBoss during the Olojo Festival that the way things are at the moment, the monarch will unveil his Olori in no distant time, and at the appropriate time, taking into consideration that once beaten twice shy.
Emmanuella’s first marriage to one Joshua Adewale, an oil dealer, produced two girls, before she hooked one Femi and had her third child – a boy.
It is also on record that she had been spotted with a popular Abeokuta-based Fuji musician, Alhaji Sefiu Alao Adekunle aka Omo Oko, who lost his wife last December, as well as a senior customs officer whose daughter got married recently at Oniru, in Lagos, and one Engr. Toye, who is allegedly a friend of the Ooni.
Consequently, palace source maintained that the Ooni cannot get involved with her.