It is no longer news that flamboyant and controversial Iwo monarch, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi who ascended the throne of his fore fathers as the
It is no longer news that flamboyant and controversial Iwo monarch, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi who ascended the throne of his fore fathers as the Oluwo of Iwo kingdom in Osun State, over four years ago, has ended his marriage to his Jamaican/Canadian born queen, Chanel. In an Instagram post he made last week, the youthful monarch made the announcement as well as a disclaimer warning the public to disregard any business transaction or request with his 35 years old estranged queen, using the office of His Majesty.”
According to the press statement from the monarch’s spokesperson, Alli Ibraheem, the separation was borne out of personal irreconcilabe differences.
“This information is necessary for the attention of the general public to avoid representation on proxy and accordance of respect attached to the sacred stool of Oluwo to her. For personal irreconcilable differences, Chanel Chin ceased to be his Majesty’s queen. We equally enjoin the public to disregard any business transaction or request with her using the office of his majesty. We wish her the best in her new journey.”
Contrary to reports that the two estranged lovebirds met and got married in Canada, it was learnt that the couple were never legally married. Oba Akanbi, long before he mounted the throne, was said to have met Chanel in Lagos, Nigeria. The source claimed that Chanel was in Lagos alongside a friend of hers on the invitation of her (Chanel) boss — a certain Muyiwa, an indigene of Ile-Ogbo, a town close to Iwo, but based in Canada. Muyiwa, a businessman, was hosting a party in Lagos where all their mutual friends including one notable Lagos monarch and then Prince Akanbi were in attendance.
It was learnt that the popular Lagos Oba introduced Chanel to Oba Akanbi. As at then, Oluwo was said to be dating a certain older woman, a divorcee who used to work in the Judiciary. But with the coming of Chanel into his life, Oluwo had to dump the other woman. Also, Oluwo, at the time also had a wife, Olori Jumoke who was based in Canada with his older children. With the coming of Chanel, the monarch abandoned both Jumoke, his wife of almost 20 years, and the other woman while he made Chanel, the centre of his world.
But like a house built on quicksand, the one-time lovers are now estranged. Many are however wondering what could have actually gone wrong with the marriage many thought was made in heaven. There have been several tales about the estranged couple, however, many of these are exaggerated, a source told Spotlight.
Aside the bickering over the monarch’s alleged unending life of fun, Chanel was said not to be too comfortable with the myriad of controversies that mired her estranged husband’s reign as Oluwo. She was said to have been unhappy with the fact that Oluwo quarreled with almost all the friends and some notable personalities who stood by them prior to becoming the monarch —including Oluwo’s childhood friend, one Remi Morgan, who accommodated Oluwo for many years in his Bodija, Ibadan home while he waited to be named as Oluwo, as well as a notable Iwo High Chief who allegedly bankrolled his coronation and paid the hospital bills of Chanel when she gave birth to the couple’s only son, Oduduwa.
It was learnt that Chanel tried all she could to rein in her intractable husband with no luck. She was said to have become so desolate and lonely as she has no friend and hardly allowed socializing like other monarchs’ spouses. So Chanel bided her time very well as she waited for the couple to embark on their last trip to Canada in November. She was said to have refused to return with the monarch to Nigeria. It was after the monarch noticed that she meant business that he issued the press statement to announce their ‘divorce.’