Osun - The Ooni of Ife, a foremost traditional ruler in Yorubaland, South Western Nigerian, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, has passed away, Punch reports.
Oba Sijuwade died in London, United Kingdom Tuesday evening, at the age 85, Ile-Ife sources confirmed.
The late monarch was born on January 1, 1930.
He reportedly fell critically sick last week before he was flown to London.
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Oba Sijuwade inherited the Ooni stool in 1980, becoming the 50th monarch of Ile-Ife regarded as the source of the Yoruba people.
While he lived, one of the defining aspects of his reign was rivalry with the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, over supremacy claims.
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