The remains of Oba Okunade Sijuade – Olubuse 11, will be committed to mother earth today Friday, August 14, 2015.
The paramount ruler of Ife, one of the biggest towns in Osun State also widely regarded as the cradle of the Yoruba race, reportedly died on the night of Tuesday, July 27, 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that Oba Sijuwade who became the 50th Ooni of Ife on December 6, 1980, passed on in a London hospital at the age of 85.
His departure was officially announced on Wednesday, August 12, by the Ife Royal Traditional Council, in accordance with tradition.
According to Yoruba tradition, a king does not die alone. His burial rites include being buried with another people. This is where an Abobaku comes into the picture. An Abobaku lives his life for the king and he is buried alongside the king. In the authentic tradition, just as there is a lineage that become 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.
At well over six feet of kingly physiognomy and uncommon Midas touch, the late Oyinlola exuded royalty from every pore of his body, so much so that Uli Beier could not think of sufficient imagery to capture his impression of Oyinlola than ‘Every Inch a King’. In turn it was from Beier that the authors of the Oyinlola biography borrowed the title. As students of English literature and versatile general readers may know, the holder of the original franchise of the vintage expression was William Shakespeare-in one of his classic drama series, ‘King Lear’. Of the late Ooni Sijuade, we might equally say ‘every inch a king’.
Mourning the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, President Muhammadu Buhari today in Abuja urged the departed monarch’s family, friends, associates and subjects to be consoled by the knowledge that he lived a very fulfilled life, and has left worthy legacies for his successors to build upon.