The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s baby mama and mother to his princess, Adeola Ogunwusu, has lamented over the alleged claim of single parenting done by the monarch several times.
The mother of Adeola, Omolara, in a released statement, claimed she has suffered in silence holding on to the information but she’s had enough.
Contrary to the monarch’s usual claim of single-handedly nurturing his daughter since she was born, Omolara said that information is false.
She claimed to have taken care of her daughter till she was taken to the palace for a holiday and since then, the monarch has been financially present in the life of his daughter.
Omolara said, “MY name is Omolara, and I am Adeola Ogunwusi’s mother. She was born in Akobo, Ibadan, in May 1994 as a result of a teenage relationship I had with Adeyeye Ogunwusi, now the Ooni of Ife, who was then also a teenager, neighbour, and family friend.
“The relationship was short and uneventful, but certain matters of late have forced me to break a silence I have held since 2015 when, shortly before his coronation, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi concocted a self-serving tale about his role in our daughter’s life.
“A couple of weeks ago, on his Instagram and Facebook pages, he once again wrote that he was a “single father” to my daughter — a mendacious claim that has no basis in fact, but has gone on for too long.
“I want to put it on the record now in public that there’s not an iota of truth to that claim, and I challenge him to prove me wrong.
“Yeye Ogunwusi was never present in Adeola’s life for the first ten years of her growing up which makes the “single father” narrative shocking, annoying and disrespectful to hear by all who know the truth of the story.
“I, Omolara, took care of my daughter physically, financially and emotionally, with the moral support of my mother and my siblings.”
Omolara said the Ooni saw the child for five minutes after she was born and that was it. She said the monarch only saw the daughter twice after that, when she was four and ten.
According to her statement, Adeola’s long encounter with the king was when she went to him for the holidays when she was thirteen.
She further challenged the Ooni to present a proof that he has been present in the life of his daughter from birth as he claimed.
“If Yeye Ogunwusi is proud of the daughter we have raised, he can say so without any attempt to minimize or denigrate the very foundation on which he’s now attempting to build, and from which he cowardly fled when the going was tough.
“For our daughter’s sake, enough is enough. For the sake of truth and justice, enough is enough.
“If Yeye Ogunwusi has any photos of him and our daughter, or the receipt of any expense he bore on her, before the age of ten, let him present them to the public right now,” she said.
Stating why she decided to bring the truth to the world, she said it’s for the benefit of their child and because of her efforts, which the monarch is trying so hard to bury.