Ooni of Ife dies 13 Months after best friend’s death

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Ooni of Ife and the late Ado Bayero

Foremost Nigerian traditional ruler and Ooni of the Source, Ife-Ife, H.R.M Oba Okunade Sijuwade died exactly one year and 52 days after the death of his best friend, Alhaji Ado Bayero the emir of Kano. While Oba Sijuade passed away around 5pm on Tuesday July 28, 2015, Ado Bayero breathed his last in the early hours of Friday June 6, 2014 at the ripe age of 83.

Oba Sijuade who was in the UK receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment died at the ripe age of 85. He passed away at Saint Mary Hospital, Paddington, and London, United Kingdom. He was reportedly flown out of Nigeria via Ibadan Airport, Oyo state-South West Nigeria in an air ambulance for treatment at the London hospital when his health reportedly relapsed and he died Tuesday evening. Although close sources said he might have passed away in the early hour of the day but news only frittered out in the evening.
Ooni of Ife with Ovation Magazine Publisher, Bashorun Dele Momodu
Both Sijuade and Bayero were best of friends in their life time and there was hardly one event Sijuade organizes that you won’t find Bayero attending and vice-versa. In fact despite the fact that their kingdom is far apart, one in the north and the other in the west, Bayero and Sijuade do find common trust in political opinion and there was hardly a decision taken by Oba Sijuade that will not get the endorsement of Emir Ado Bayero.
Sijuade was crowned as the 50th Ooni of Ife on December 6, 1980 and one of the prominent personalities who attended the event was the late Emir of Kano, Ado Bayero. Others were late Oba of Benin, Omon ‘Oba Nedo Uku Akpolopolo, the Amanayabo of Opobo and the Olu of Warri.
late Ado Bayero
Sijuade was born on January 1st, 1930 in Ile-Ife to the Ogboru ruling house. He was the grand son of Ooni Sijuade Adelekan, Olubuse I.
Ado Bayero on his own part ascended the throne of Kano on October 22, 1963 when Mohammadu Sanusi his half brother was dethroned and Inuwa who succeeded him reigned for only 3 months. Ado Bayero’s reign remains one of the longest in the history of Kano emirate.
While Sijuade spent 35 years on his father’s throne, Bayero spent 51 years on the throne of his ancestors. While Bayero had his own career background in the diplomatic sector as a former ambassador to Senegal, Sijuade cut his own career teeth at Leventis Group where he worked as a Manager before he became a Sales Director of the state-owned National Motors in Lagos.
The Ooni with one of his Oloris
Ooni of Ife
, Oba Okunade Sijuwade is one of the most prominent rulers in Yoruba land and he is being listed among the top 5 Richest Kings in Africa with an estimated wealth worth of $75 Million Dollars.
Famously known as Alayeluwa Okunade Sijuade, he was born on January 1, 1930 and died on 28 July 2015 at 85.
Ile-Ife or The Source is a traditional Yoruba state based in the town of Ife in Osun state-South West Nigeria.
Sijuwade is a Christian by birth and religion. In November 2009 he attended the annual general meeting of the Foursquare Gospel Church of Nigeria accompanied by 17 other traditional rulers. He declared that he was a full member of the church, and said all the monarchs who accompanied him would now become members.
At his birthday celebration two months later, the Primate of the Anglican Communion described Sijuwade as “a humble monarch, who has the fear of God at heart”
His death is expected to be announced by palace official and traditional chiefs in the next twenty four hours.
The Ooni of The Source, HRM Oba Okunade Sijuade Olubuse II (1930-2015)

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