Entertainment & SocietyAra Denies Having Romantic Relationship With Ooni

Ara Denies Having Romantic Relationship With Ooni


September 04, (THEWILL) – Celebrated female drummer, Aralolu Olumuyiwa, a.k.a Ara, has opened up on the rumour that she is one of the concubines of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II.

It was alleged that the mother of one is one of the many ladies warming the bed of the traditional ruler. Her alleged romance started even before Olori Wuraola, one of the estranged wives of the traditional ruler became the wife of Ooni of Ife. She was rumoured to be the king’s choice before Olori Wuraola came into the picture in 2016. She was said to have gone on several trips with the Ooni so that they could be close to each other.

It was alleged that one of the reasons Ara was appointed as a cultural ambassador in 2016 by the African Women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) was so she would be close to her lover. Being a custodian of African tradition, any of the ambassadors of the AWIEF usually work with the Ooni to propagate the African culture.

During her reign as a cultural ambassador, Olumuyiwa worked with the Ooni and even represented him at different events on several occasions. Her ambassadorial role brought them closer such that the female drummer was practically living in Ile-Ife.

Many misconstrued their closeness as that of a romantic relationship. However, they were shocked after Olori Wuraola was introduced as the wife of the traditional ruler because they were expecting the artiste to occupy the position.

Despite the fact that the queen had settled in the palace, Olumuyiwa was still rumoured to have continued her romantic dalliance with the king. At a point, when the tale became unbearable, she had to relinquish her title as a cultural ambassador so that peace could reign.

When the queen’s position became vacant again in 2017, she was seen as a possible replacement for the highly exalted position until Olori Naomi occupied the position in 2018. Even when Queen Naomi left her matrimonial home, Olumuyiwa’s name was one of the names on the lips of people who were allegedly responsible for the collapse of the union.

Her relationship with the Ooni was revisited after her performance at the just concluded Olokun Festival which took place at Monarch Event Centre in the Lekki area of Lagos. She was the only female drummer that took center stage and performed almost throughout the ceremony.

Many attributed her presence to the fact that she enjoys a relationship with the Ooni who was the royal father of the day. Her alleged romance with the traditional ruler became a topic of discussion again and some insisted that certainly, there must be an affair between the two.

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Olumuyiwa has denied all that talk about being the Ooni’s concubine. According to her, what she shares with him is a father and child relationship and nothing more. She has never dated or had intimate feelings for the traditional ruler.

She described those peddling the rumour as mischief makers who are willing to go to any extent to damage the goodwill and reputation she had built over the years. She added that her role as the cultural ambassador in 2016 was the reason she became close to the traditional ruler as they had to work on several projects together. She also made it known that she has a cordial relationship with one of the estranged Olori Wuraola as against the widespread rumour that she was sharing the Ooni with the queen.




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