The news and social media for over a month was about battle of words that involved the House of Odudua and the Benin Kingdom, which was initially ignited by the Alake of Egba.
He delved into very sensitive matters by rating the Nigerian King’s Oba’s and royals. Youths from both sides went to war of words debating, arguing and insulting each others why their own Monarch is the number 1 in Nigeria. Yet in all these nobody could have guessed that a damsel from the Benin Kingdom has stolen the heart of the Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja 11 until recently when it was revealed to the entire world, all of a sudden the War of words died a sudden death as the House of Oduduwa and Benin Kingdom unites in Marriage.
It was a colorful blend of two cultural heritages, as the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, was on Saturday betrothed to his new wife, Wuraola Obanor, at a traditional marriage held in Benin, the Edo State capital. The wedding rites were performed in the traditional Benin culture at the residence of the bride on Ewere Street, Etete, in Oredo Local Government Area of the state.Although the Ooni was not physically present, he was, however, represented by his father, Omooba Oluropo Ogunwusi.
The grand event was attended by relatives, dignitaries and friends drawn from the Ife dynasty and the bride’s family, many of whom were dressed in white and purple attires. The bride Wuraola was presented to the Ooni’s family by her father, Mr. Williams Obanor, at about 12:30pm, after her bride price was paid in the presence of her family.
In accordance with the Benin wedding rites, supervised by the Esogban of Benin Kingdom and other chiefs, she was placed on the laps of the Ooni’s father, after seven counts. She was also presented with gifts from her immediate family, including a local mortar, broom and a pot, while traditional dancers from Benin and Ife entertained the guests.
The father of the bride described the wedding as a historic event in the family of the Obanors.
He said, “I feel very happy. When you get a good thing in life you must be grateful to God because this is all the work of God. I never thought it could so because I never thought that, one of these days, I will become very close to the Ooni of Ife. Now that it has happened, I feel grateful to God. So, I wish her a happy marriage.”
He also urged his daughter to live peacefully and in harmony with her husband. “My message for her is that she has to be very polite, obedient and understanding, believing much in God. And whatever she needs, she will get it. If you have any problem with your husband, don’t let a third person to hear of it; go to him and both of you should resolve the problem together amicably.
“We have a lot of gifts for her. But in Benin, we don’t believe in giving a car or cash. We have what goes by tradition. That is, we have the local mortar, broom and the pot. These are some of the things we normally send and at least a box of cloths” he added.
The two families and their guests later proceeded to Edo Hotel on Okada Avenue, Benin, for a grand reception. The new bride and the monarch’s father were driven to the venue in a limousine.