Following the demise of Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, a lot of questions have been asked as to what will be the fate of the late monarch’s wives (oloris). But an Ifa priest in Oyo, Ifayemi Elebuibon, has cleared the air on what the Yoruba tradition has for the royal wives when it comes to remarrying.
During an interview on Monday, April 25, Elebuibon said the queens could either remarry after burial rites for late Oba Adeyemi are concluded or remain in the palace to be inherited by his successor. Moreover, according to the spiritual mediator, the oloris could only remarry after fulfilling traditional sacred rites of atonements and disassociating themselves from the palace.
He noted: “At present, they will be mourning the departure of their husband. After the ceremonies of the right of passage, those who wished to stay back in the palace can stay, the new oba will come and take care of them, and those who wish to remarry can go and remarry. “The new monarch would inherit them as part of his inheritance to the throne.” Added to the above conditions, the priest mentioned that the queens are not allowed to marry any member of the royal family.