AGENE AKHERE, Benin
The Ewere Street Etete in the Government Reservation Area of the ancient Benin City of Benin was a beehive of activities on Saturday as the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11 took a new wife, Miss Wuraola Otiti Obanor.
The royal families of the bridegroom (Ooni of Ife) and those of Obanor and Obayuwana for the bride performed the in-house rite for the payment of pride price, which marked the high point of the colourful ceremony.
Eminent personalities including top chiefs from Ife Traditional Council and First Class Chiefs from the royal palace of Benin Kingdom converged on Benin, the Edo State capital, to honour Oba Ogunwusi as he took his new wife amid pomp and ceremony. The Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye and his new wife, Wuraola at the grand traditional tying of knots, which attracted friends, associates and relations of both families, completed the traditional rite of payment of the bride price in line with the Benin traditional marriage rites.
Some traditional troupes from Osun and Edo states treated guests to various dance steps at the Obanor family residence in the capital city. The new bride, Wuraola, was presented to the Ooni family at about 12:30 pm and was made to sit on the laps of the Ooni’s father, Omooba Oluropo Ogunwusi, after seven counts according to the traditional marriage rites of Benin people in the South senatorial district of the state. The Ife monarch was personally present at the ceremony. He was represented by his father and elder brother, Prince Adetunji Ogunwusi, accompanied by the Ife Traditional Council, youth and women groups to the event.
Speaking to newsmen shortly at the ceremony, the father of the bride, Mr. Williams Obanor, described the union between his daughter and Oba Adeyeye as the handiwork of God. He said that he never knew his household and that of Ooni of Ife would be tied together the way it happened.
“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 be so because I never knew 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,” he said.
While wishing his daughter a blissful marital life, he added: “I wish her a happy marriage, adding that, “ My message for her is that she has to be very polite, obedient, understanding, believing much in God and whatever she need she will get it. If you have any problem with your husband don’t let the third person to hear of it, go to him and both of you should resolve the problem together amicably.”
Guests and friends of both families later moved over to Edo Hotel on Okada Avenue, GRA for entertainment.
Some of the dignitaries at the reception included former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Femi Pedro who was the chairman of the occasion; Chief David Edebiri the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Oba Ademola Ademiluyi, the Lawarikan of Apoje kingdom, High Chief J. A. Awe, the Arade of Ife, Chief Gabriel Igbinedion and a host of others.