The Benin, Edo State-born businesswoman, Wuraola Zaynab Otiti-Obanor, has described as untrue a rumour that she indulged in infidelity in her relationship with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
She, however, confirmed that her marriage with the monarch was over.
The woman, fondly referred to as Olori Wuraola, made this known in a statement posted on her Instagram page on Wednesday.
The post, which went viral immediately it appeared on the social media platform, has finally put an end to wide speculations around the relationship between the former royal spouses who got married in March 2016.
Drawing attention to what she perceived as the habit of blaming the womenfolk when things go wrong, especially in relationships, in the statement, Wuraola called for an end to the culture of.
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“shaming and vilifying women with false stories of infidelity and nefarious behaviour.”
She noted, “The spreading of false information (through ‘sources’ that are too scared to be identified) is the mark of cowards and a cover-up for the guilty parties to justify their horrific actions. There is absolutely no truth to the false stories they told against me, regarding infidelity and infertility. What I can confirm is that the Ooni and I are no more. I inhale love and exhale gratitude.”
Still sore with her unnamed accusers, the queen continued, “We have seen this movie before: women being dragged in the press and blamed for everything under the sun. This behaviour is unacceptable. I urge those involved to be mindful of their actions for the Almighty God is always watching.
“The seed of slander is a cancerous plant that grows to eat away the souls of the planter. The throne is sacred and every attempt to tarnish the name of a queen, in defence or on behalf of a silent king, makes all those involved in this matter to look terrible.
“No matter how much time you have invested, no matter the use of media to silence and manipulate others, no matter the circumstance, slander, embarrassment, threats and lies; get out and seek immediate help”!
She ended the post by advising embattled women to stay dignified in all that they do and not to forget that life continues. She wrote,
“It’s not the end of the world, but the beginning of a new chapter and you must turn the page with grace. The world is watching. As I bid goodbye to this chapter, my wish to you all is to step into your lives – boldly and fearlessly – the way God intended and live not just by words, but through example. The best chapter in our lives is the one we are writing now. Thank you for your love and support.”
Efforts by our correspondent to speak with the Ooni on Wednesday proved abortive as sources said he was not disposed to commenting on the matter.
A source said, “ Nobody is ready to talk about the issue because Kabiyesi is not ready to discuss it. It is his private life, but Olori Wuraola is not present in the palace. There are some issues about their marriage, but I am sure the palace will speak about them at the appropriate time.”
Publisher of Ovation, Chief Dele Momodu, also noted that the former queen had granted him an audience on the situation of the royal relationship.
He addressed Wuraola in an online post, “Thanks for the honour of pouring out your immediate and future plans to me. Thanks for vowing not to disrespect the revered throne of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race.
“When marriages break up, it comes with painful stress and traumatic strain. The pressure can be lessened by staying positive.
It shall be well with you…”