Many Nigerians are wondering why the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu (74), refused shaking hands with the Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi (42) at a public event in Nigeria. The Obas are people who are supposed to be role models for others in Nigeria. Oba of Lagos as well as Ooni of Ife are both Yorubas.
The title “Ooni of Ife” is the most respected title among the Yorubas and it is often referred to as “king of kings”. Therefore, by refusing to shake the Ooni, the Oba of Lagos has showed disrespect not only for the Ooni of Ife but to Yoruba culture and the Yorubas as a whole. Read more articles about Nigeria here.