Omolara Olatunbosun, the mother of Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s first child, Princess Adeola, has refuted claims that the monarch has always been in the life of their daughter.
The monarch had recently recounted his experience having his daughter at the age of 19, adding that parenting comes with challenges. In a post shared on his social media handles on her birthday, October 18, the monarch described Adeola as his closest friend and great confidant.
“Profoundly, life taught me to exhibit an abundance measure of resilience, compassion, determination, and above all empathy which my daughter sought from me. We formed an unbroken bond, shared in our joy and challenges as my closest friend and great confidant.
She is and will always be a huge blessing to me and life successes. I celebrate you, Princess Adeola Ogunwusi for being the epitome of my strength and dignity. Your tenacity, doggedness, and unshakable optimism to be the best in life are unarguably lifelong lessons that I cherish in you.”the monarch had written
However, in a statement released, Olatubosun said there was no iota of truth in Ooni’s post.
She alleged that Oba Ogunwusi was not present in the child’s life, especially in the first 10 years. She mentioned that the only time the monarch saw their child after her birth was at a wedding and that she received no monetary support from him or anyone to take care of their child.
The statement read;
“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, neighbor, 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.
I was a pregnant teen, but he was nowhere to be found, and I bore the responsibilities for our child and paid the physical and social cost of raising her alone in my mom’s house. Yeye Ogunwusi saw Adeola for only five minutes at the hospital when she was born. The next time he saw her was when she was already four years old and ten years old respectively.
I got NO monetary or material support from him or ANYONE while raising my child. I could not have, because he was also just finding his way in the world.
Adeola started spending holidays with Yeye Ogunwusi and his then wife (Bukola Bombata) in Lagos when she was thirteen in 2007, and started living with them when she was fifteen in 2009. This was when he began any financial and personal involvement in her life at all.
All these years, I have kept quiet in the belief that all is well that ends well. I decided to be an adult in this situation for the sake of my daughter. I have also kept quiet since the first time he made this outrageous claim because I hate unnecessary publicity, and I wanted to keep my private life out of public glare.
However, it appears that Yeye Ogunwusi has taken my silence for stupidity.