In 1980, Sijuwade became the fiftieth Oni( King ) of Ife, one of the most ancient
Formerly, during his coronation, an Oni had to embrace the sword of justice,
and enter into his palace on a cloth stiffened by the dry blood of sacrificed
men and women.
Today the Oni is a rich businessman, with several vaste properties in Nigeria
According to legend, Oduduwa, the first king of Ife, was expulsed from Mecca
by the moslem party. In order to avenge him, Oranyan his great grandson, undertook
a punitive expedition which never made it, because of a quarrel with his brothers.
Vexed, Oranyan refused to return to Ife. He installed himself in Oyo, leaving
his treasures and fetishes with Adimu, his loyal servant. Adimu was the son
of a slave, spared from being sacrificed because she was pregnant.
With time, Adimu became the king of Ife, under the name of Oni, which is a
contraction of the phrase "omo olowoni", meaning the child of the
victim to be sacrificed.