Oluwo of Owoland, King AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, has sent a letter to the Alaafin Ọyọ, Ọba Lamidi Ọlayiwọla Adeyẹmi, on his 80th birthday.
Similarly, the Oluwo also advised the Alaafin that, in the long run, he should make sure he change some of the cultures of the Yoruba people.
The Oluwo made reference to the Oloris at the palace and stated that they were the women’s heads, and they were supposed to be allowed to stay as long as the Yoruba queen by making them female kings.
Speaking with the BBC, Oluwo said it is in Yoruba folklore, that Olokun, the wife of Oduduwa, was crowned.
Oluwo said since it is wearing crown is synonym with king, it should be same with the Oloris.
He prayed that Ọba Lamidi Adeyẹmi will spend 50 years on earth and on his father’s throne.
Oba Akanbi is the only Yoruba Oba known to share the crown with his wife and people described the gesture as a desecration of the tradition.
The young monarch told DailySun in an interview that he was functioning according to God’s revelations.
He had explained, “I’m saying I was sent by God to make things right in what is called kingship and leadership and to show how the past, our history, was.
“My wife and I wanted to honour an event. It’s a great event. And that day when we were about to go, it was revealed to me: ‘Look at your side’ and I looked at my side and saw my wife.
“And it was said: ‘Look at her head; find a crown that you are not wearing and wear on her head the crown.
“That was how I gave her the crown. When God reveals something, I can’t refuse, I just have to do it, the same way Abraham was told to take his son, when he was already over 100 years old.
“Yes and also when I put the crown, God revealed to me that our progenitor normally crowned his own wife.”