If you are one of those who think Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi wears white attires because she is married to the Ooni of Ife, only paying homage to tradition and isn’t allowed to play with colours, then let the Queen herself correct that impression.
In a recent chat with Punch, the Queen of Ile-Ife talks about her style, staying in shape, Being married to the Ooni of Ife and more.
Enjoy excerpts from the interview below:
You wear only white attire. Does this have anything to do with your royal status?
Wearing white is significant to me on a personal level. I wear white not because I am married to the Ooni who also wears white. It is just coincidence. White signifies purity and I consider that to be momentous.
How do you stay in shape and maintain a flawless look?
I do everything in moderation. Even though I love good food, I am picky. My schedule does not allow me to exercise as much as I would love to but I try to restrain myself from doing things that would affect my physique. Above all, I just live.
How will you describe being married to the Ooni of Ife?
Before any other thing, being married to the Ooni of Ife means I am his support system in addition to being his spouse. It means taking the responsibility of being a voice for the voiceless. It also means an opportunity to be a part of history, and contribute positively to people’s future.
As a Benin woman, how well have you adapted to the Yoruba culture, particularly that of Ile-Ife?
The kingdom of Benin and that of Ile-Ife have a strong link that is established in history and can never be broken, so I have a strong Ife cultural background and there are no challenges there. The position of the Yeyeluwa of Ife as I am also known comes with a lot of responsibilities. The Ooni’s throne is highly revered and I do everything to create a balance between my responsibilities to my husband and my responsibilities to the women, youth and children who depend on me within and outside the palace