The newly crowned Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Sunday paid a historic visit to the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, who celebrated his 45th coronation anniversary.
The visit by Ooni was unique as he became the first Ife monarch to visit the Alaafin since 1937.
The visit was equally exceptional, especially with the rivalry over supremacy that existed between the Alaafin and Ogunwusi successor, Oba Okunade Sijuade.
About 100 Yoruba traditional rulers witnessed the historic visit,
At the Methodist Church, Apaara, Oyo, where the thanksgiving to mark the anniversary of the Alaafin’s coronation was held, there were mixed feelings among those who celebrated with Alaafin after it was announced that the new Ooni had reached Oyo to celebrate with Alaafin.
Ogunwusi arrived at the church to the warm embrace of the Alaafin, who shook hands with him as the congregation watched and expressed admiration for the historic union.
Speaking on the visit, Alaafin said it was the first by any Ife monarch since 1937. He also said that although he did not enjoy cordial relationship with the past Ife monarch, he related well with the other Yoruba obas, while also commending the Ooni’s move to reconcile all Yoruba obas under a strong umbrella.
On his part, Oba Ogunwusi said he recognised the place of Oyo monarch in Yoruba history, adding that a new dawn had fallen on Yoruba monarchs and the people.
After the service, the monarchs and other well wishers moved to the Alaafin palace where Oba Ogunwusi was entertained in a lavish ceremony. The two monarchs also had a private discussion in the inner chamber of the palace for about 20 minutes.