Traditional religion

I’ll marry more than one wife – Teenage Ondo monarch

Oba Oloyede Adeyeoba, the Ojima of Okeluse in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State, has said as demanded by tradition, that he will marry more than one wife.

The 19-year-old Ondo monarch, Akinghare II, said this during an interview with The Punch on Friday.

Oba Adeyeoba who said he’s not planning to get married now until he’s matured enough noted that it is compulsory for him to marry more than one wife in accordance with tradition.

He said, “In our tradition here, it is very compulsory for a king to have more than one wife because the first wife, if she has a male child, will become the next king, and the second wife’s first male child will become what we call Eleki.

“If the first wife does not have a male child and the second wife has, it is the first male child of the second wife that will become the next king.”

When asked if he would also marry more than more wives, he replied, “Yes, it is compulsory.”

The monarch who further disclosed that he was enthroned at age 15, while in Junior Secondary School 3 said things changed ever since he emerged king of the Okeluse kingdom.

He revealed that he no longer bows when greeting his teachers and he’s spared when others are being punished.

“I did play with everybody, but when I became the king, there were some changes in the way I related to them. For instance, we used to play and touch one another’s heads before, but now that has stopped.

“Also, before, when I wanted to greet the teachers in the morning, I would bow, but now I don’t bow again.”

Speaking on his plans as King of the, he said, “My cardinal plan is to bring development to my community, to attract investors to this place and make it develop more.”

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