Ooni of Ife, Okunade Sijuwade, dies aged 85

Ooni of Ife

The Ooni of Ife, a foremost traditional ruler in Yorubaland, South Western Nigerian, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, is dead.

Oba Sijuwade died in London, United Kingdom Tuesday evening, at the age 85, Ile-Ife sources confirmed.

The late monarch was born on January 1, 1930.

Family sources say he died after a brief illness. He was reportedly flown to UK in an air ambulance after he became unconscious following his illness.

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The late Ooni was said to be a successful and wealthy businessman before he came to the throne in 1980.

May his soul rest in peace.

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