85-year-old Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade, the great Ooni of Ife, is dead. He passed on yesterday in London.
He was the fifth Ooni of Ife, ascending the throne on December 6, 1980. As the Ooni, he was by far one of the most influential traditional rulers in Nigeria. Whilst he presided over the Ife territory, in Osun state, his influence went far and beyond.
We expect that the kingmakers would name someone to succeed him in due course.
May his soul rest in peace.