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Why I Snubbed And Didn’t Embrace Ooni Of Ife – Oba Akiolu Of Lagos

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Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu, the Oba Of Lagos, has defended his controversial reaction to the affectionate greeting of Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni Of Ife, at a public event, as seen in a viral video last week.

The Ooni of Ife is seen in the VIDEO, arriving at the venue of the event, which has Oba Rilwan Akiolu II, in attendance, seated among an unidentified monarch.

The Ooni walks over to embrace the monarchs, but as soon as he approaches Oba Akiolu, he looks away, only acknowledging the Ooni with the wave of a hand.

The embarrassed Ooni then quietly returns to his seat, and is seen chatting with an unidentified monarch.

The VIDEO clip was met with outrage on social media, with many describing Oba Akiolu’s action as disdainful and unbecoming of a Yoruba monarch.

It was gathered that when Punch reached out to the Oba of Lagos by telephone, he sounded undisturbed by the controversy surrounding the awkward greeting.

He explained that he was constrained by tradition from receiving and returning the Ooni’s greeting. He also said the widespread belief that he snubbed the Ooni was “their own thinking.”

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Speaking further, Akiolu said, “Anybody can imagine anything. There was nothing. The custom or tradition is like that in Lagos. We don’t hold each other; we don’t hug.”

When asked if the wide age gap between both traditional rulers had anything to do with the way he acknowledged the Ooni, the Oba of Lagos said, “Which age difference? A monarch is a monarch. There is no age difference.”

Watch the viral VIDEO below.


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