Amidst condemnations in some quarters, the Oluwo of Iwo Kingdom, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Olawale Akanbi, has justified his style of allowing his wife (Olori) to wear crown.
The Iwo monarch had stunned a section of traditionalists with his style shortly after he was crowned the Oluwo in 2015 by at times putting on skimpy English attires with his wife while putting on traditional crown.
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The monarch also made it mandatory for his wife to be traditionally entitled to wearing crown, a development many described as a sacrilege and strange to Yoruba tradition.
But reacting, Oba Akanbi said those who are opposed to his wife wearing crown are mere chauvinists who are averse to women enjoying their rightful rights and privileges in the society.
According to him, the use of crown by wives of Yoruba kings was legendary and could be traced to the cradle of the race.
“Those condemning the wearing of crown by my wife are mere sadists who believed women place is in the kitchen in an emerging modern world where women across globe are doing great exploits, most times, even more than their male counterparts,” he said.
If you look at the Yoruba symbol, the Ori Olokun, you will see that there is a crown on the head. This is the symbol of the wife of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race. That is where I take my cue from. If you cross check the lifestyles of the ancient Ooni of Ife, you will find that their wives were wearing crowns. That is where I picked my style. I am not going against the tradition as some may think,” he stressed.
The Oluwo who said this when honoured and hosted by the Yoruba Broadcasters Association, YBA, in Osogbo, Osun State capital, affirmed that Iwo kingdom, which he presides over, has direct link and share same custom and tradition with Ile-Ife, believed to be the cradle of Yoruba race