A Well known ‘Ifa Traditionalist, Playwright, Actor and Author’ Pa’ Yemi Elebuibon has stated that any man who goes ahead to sleep with the ex-queen of the Ooni of the Ife without conducting the appropriate cleansing might just end up dieing prematurely.
He made this known when speaking on the recent wreck of the Oni’s marriage to his former wife Olori Wuraola after 17 months.
While he noted that the Ooni is not the first Oba from yoruba land to have separated from his wife, stating that marriage breakups is not very common amongst yoruba Obas.
‘the wife of the Oba will be asked to consult Ifa and Ifa will give directions on how she will make the necessary atonement for her cleansing. In Yoruba tradition, a woman who has been married to a king cannot lay with any other man even if the marriage breaks up. But when the right atonements have been made, there won’t be problem’.
When asked on the kind of problems which an Oba’s ex-wife might encounter if she refuses to undergo the traditional cleansing rites, Elebuibon said:
‘for the woman, she might not really have a problem but for any man who sleeps with a queen or marries an ex-queen without the appropriate cleansing, the man may die prematurely, he may be struck with sickness or there might be retrogression in his life’.
According to him, for the ex-queen to re-marry she has to go through some cleansing along with her new husband, they both have to participate in some atonement processes so as to evade future problems.