A traditionalist, Chief Ifayẹmi Ẹlẹbuibọn, popularly called the Baba Araba of Oṣogbo, has warned Nigerians against going for the wives of the late Alaafin of Oyo, until they complete some rites.
Recall that 83-year-old Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi lll had died on Friday during a routine check-up at the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti.
Oba Lamidi had 13 wives while he was alive.
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The monarch was well known for his love for light-skinned women. Their pictures with the late king were often seen on social media as he was very proud of his wives.
However, the wives will only be available to other men after their mourning period ends and all rites are completed, Baba Araba of Oṣogbo told BBC.
He explained further that the monarch’s wives are free to remarry but this could only be after the Alaafin’s prestige has been removed from them.
However, he stated that the wives are left for the next king and he can marry them if he desires.
Earlier, Quest Times reported that sources from the palace said the wives of the 45th Alaafin of Oyo are now available to suitors without undergoing cleansing rituals.
Although it is believed in Yoruba tradition that the wives of monarchs, either separated or still married, are not at liberty to lay with other men until atonements have been made, palace sources told Peoples Gazette that the late Alaafin’s wives may now move on with their normal lives.