Princess Folashade Ogunwusi-Fadairo, the Ooni of Ife and elder sister of Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has disclosed that the traditional head of state has never supported polygamy.
Oba Adeyeye is wed to six different ladies, five of whom he wedded in 2022.
In a conversation with The Punch, Princess Folashade explained why her brother was compelled to marry additional women.
Although she acknowledged that the monarch may have found it difficult to accept polygamy, she insisted that it was not her place to meddle with his decision.
According to her;
“My opinion is that what you have to do, you just have to do it. Meanwhile, that’s his personal life, I can’t meddle in it. What I can say is that I don’t know if you were there during his wedding anniversary or so, if you heard the speech he made, it was very touching and it was something that personally he didn’t like but he had no choice, he had to do it. Where the Yoruba are coming from, polygamy is expected. And being the progenitor of the Yoruba race, inu e ni won bi wa si (we were born in it). For instance, my grandfather had eight wives, that’s paternal and my maternal grandfather had about seven or eight wives too. So, it’s something he had to do, although, I think he avoided it.”