On Thursday, 20th August, 2015, the Ademiluyi Royal Family of the Lafogido ruling house held a well-attended meeting to kick starts the onerous process of fielding representatives to vie for the throne following the demise of Ooni Okunade Sijuade II of the Ogbooru ruling house whose near 35 year reign came to a glorious end early this month. A minute silence was observed for the repose of the late Ooni before the commencement of the meeting which took off with an opening prayer.
The incumbent President of the family, Professor (Prince) Adetunji Ademiluyi, relying on the authority of the Baale, Prince Adewewe Ademiluyi who doubles as the Baale of the Otutu lineage of the Lafogido ruling house said to the hearing of everyone present that it was the turn of the Lafogido ruling house to bring forth the next Ooni of Ife as the last one from the ruling house was Ooni Ademiluyi Ajagun who sat on the throne between 1910 and 1930 who ruled after the grandfather of the departed Ooni, Olubuse I and that the other three ruling houses – Giesi, Ogbooru and Osinkola should not contest with them for the throne. The qualification of the Princes was that they must be male descendants of the family and that the male sons of female children were barred from contesting in line with the traditions of Ile-Ife which is regarded as the spiritual home of the entire Yoruba nation both at home and in the diaspora.
The family will present candidates first to Otutu and then to Lafogido for screening.
Available forms should be obtained by the interested princes from the Lawarikan of Apoje, Prince Ademola Ademiluyi in Ile-Ife, the Secretary of the family, Prince Adebambo Ademiluyi who is resident in Lagos and on the website of the family, www.ademiluyifamilyfoundation.org.
Prayers were then offered for the continued peace and prosperity of the kingdom of Ife, the kingmakers, local government leadership and the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola.
Sixteen members indicated interest in obtaining the nomination forms after they were all confirmed to be male descendants of the family. The nomination process still remains open and is subject to further review which the family will make deliberations upon and communicate to the members of the public.
The names of the Princes who have made known their intention are Prince Adenekan Ademiluyi, Prince Adekunle Ademiluyi, Prince Adegboyega Ademiluyi, Prince Adekanmi Ademiluyi, Prince (Dr) Adefemi Ademiluyi, Prince Ademola David Ademiluyi, Prince Adetunji Ademiluyi, Prince Adetumbi Ademiluyi, Prince Vincent Adetunji Ademiluyi, Prince Adebunmi Ademiluyi, Prince Adeniyi Ademiluyi, Prince Abiodun Ademiluyi, Prince Abiodun Ademiluyi Adegbola, Prince Adebowale Ademiluyi, Prince Adepoju Ademiluyi, Prince Adeoye Ademiluyi.