Ooni Is Not My Father, I Only Needed His Attention- Man In Viral Video Makes U-Turn


Ooni Is Not My Father, I Only Needed His Attention- Man In Viral Video Makes U-Turn


A middle-aged man who claimed in a viral video that he is a son of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, has finally apologised to the foremost traditional ruler.

In the first video, the man claimed the monarch hid him with his mother with an instruction that he should stay discreet.

“Oba Enitan Ogunwunsi is my father. He hid me with my mother with a clear instruction that I must not reveal myself,” the man dressed in a white Agbada had claimed in Yoruba.

He further claimed that the monarch’s silence on his identity as a prince compelled him to make the video.

He gave a two-month ultimatum to be invited to the palace, or he will reveal more secrets.

Reacting to the video on Thursday, Moses Olafare, the spokesman for the Ooni in a statement said the man in the viral video had engaged in impersonation, noting that the matter had been reported to security agencies for further action.

However, in another video that surfaced online on Friday, the man was seen apologising to the traditional ruler.

The man said he had earlier seen the Ooni in a dream in 2022 engaging him in a discussion after which he gave him a wrist bead.

He claimed he had another dream involving the Ooni a month ago.

He said, “I have a reason for creating that video. In 2022, I found myself beside the Ooni in my dream, engaging in discussions. Initially, I was unaware that it was a dream because Kabiyesi gave me the bead on my wrist. However, when Kabiyesi raised my hand, that was when I woke.

“Upon waking, I was perplexed about how I had encountered the Ooni of Ife but later concluded that he is the father of Oduduwa land. Dreaming about him is not unusual or inappropriate. I have never dreamt about an Oba before; typically, I dream about governors, not an Oba.

“Three days after this dream, I travelled to Ile-Ife in an attempt to meet the Ooni. Despite all my efforts, I could not see Kabiyesi, and I departed in the evening after spending the entire day at the Ooni’s palace.”

He said since he was unable to meet the traditional ruler he resorted to creating the video as a means to attract his attention.

He continued, “I created the video after returning home from Ooni’s palace because I sensed there was a significance behind the dream I had about him. Additionally, I produced music with the hope that when Ooni sees it online, he may extend an invitation to me.