Ooni Of Ife’s Death: ‘Abobaku’ Allegedly Runs For His Life

The death of Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade has brought up so many controversies.

First, it was his the truth about his death, then disagreement over curfew in the state and now the ‘Abobaku’. The Abobaku has been alleged to have ran away after the death of the prestigious Oba. If this tweet below is to be followed, it means the final rites on behalf of the deceased Ooni of Ife might be stalled.


According to Yoruba tradition, a king does not die alone. His burial rites include being buried with other people. This is when an Abobaku comes into the picture. An Abobaku lives his life for the king and he is buried alongside the king. In real tradition, just like there is a lineage that becomes king, there is also always a family dedicated to the ancient belief of dying with the king. An Abobaku also enjoys great benefits while he is still alive.

In a related development, governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state, spoke up on the death of the Ooni after his reported demise some weeks ago.

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