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Oba Akanbi & the former Olori If you look critically at the former queen’s (Olori) pictures atimes, especially at occasions or events that she tries to come to, where she follows her then husband that’s the Oluwo of Iwo, that’s talking about Oba AbdulRosheed Akanbi Telu 1, the self styled Emperor Telu, who also describes himself as the “alashe lori orisha” which translates to mean ‘the commander or authority over the gods’ and by extension the very representative of the Almighty (Arole Olodunare) to, you would have seen or noticed some sort of strain, like she was trying so hard to try to enjoy herself or blend in. Her face was always just too stern like she wasn’t really happy, it was as if she wasn’t having much fun, but was trying her best to just manage it all.

Her ex-husband was a loud person, who loves and seeks attention always. Best way to describe him would be to add the tag controversial. From the moment he came to our consciousness, it’s one unnecessary attention seeking news after the other, much to the chagrin of onlookers.

Can any actually blame her for not blending in as she should have? Not necessarily! The Prince then while leaving abroad met his wife and they got married in an environment that she could easily blend and adjust to. Maybe she knew he could be king one day and there was the initial excitement then. But it looked like the fun and the excitement soon disappeared after all and finally, the love, the spark and all which could make everything endurable soon withered away and the center couldn’t hold together no more, hence the parting of ways. Even their kids that could have made the whole thing even manageable, were never heard about. So maybe that could have added to the strain of the whole matter.

And in his very characteristic any how way of doing things, one of Nigeria’s most flamboyant kings, who loves it very loud for a purpose, the most in your face South West King in Nigeria, who seemingly is never afraid to say his mind as he deem fit has announced with as little emotion possible as he could muster, has said rather emphatically that his former Olori is no longer his wife and whomsoever does any business with her, does so at their own peril. It’s quite obvious from the wordings of the king that things might not have ended too well after all.

Hear him even if done via proxy-

Ms. Chanel Chin is an Ex-Queen of Oluwo. This is to inform the general public most especially friends and associates of the Oluwo of Iwoland, His Imperial Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, Telu I, that Ms Chanel Chin is an ex-queen of his majesty.

This information is necessary for the attention of the general public to avoid representation on proxy or 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.

Alli Ibraheem, CPS to Oluwo.

Obviously from the above, it’s obvious that the former Olori is now a ‘persona non grata’ in Iwo and environs and in fact Nigeria and it’s also quite obvious that she might have escaped from Nigeria already to her relief. To go start life anew. Curiously, there is only one picture of the former Queen on the king’s page and it’s the picture that comes with the announcement of the death of their marriage. So the former queen is as good as gone with history, the past!

Chanel Chin is the 35 year old daughter of a Jamaican reggae star by name Ludlow Chin who is also known known as Bobo Zaro. Oba AbdulRosheed met Chanel in Canada a few years back then and one thing led to another and they got married in 2016. There marriage has only lasted 3 years. Chanel was 32 when they met.

In an interview she had granted a Jamaican publication, the Jamaica Gleaner then, after she has gotten married and became a queen then, Chin had revealed that she is very honoured to represent Jamaica in such a big way.

‘My ancestors were taken away as slaves, but I have returned to Africa as a queen. One’s destiny cannot be altered. As a young child, I always wanted to come to Africa, but didn’t know how. I feel this is a great opportunity for black people worldwide to return to their home.’

She then added: ‘Our forefathers and ancestral mothers were cast away as slaves to never return, but I want Jamaicans everywhere to know that Africa is so nice. The culture and traditions are so rich and lovely. It’s truly something every black person should come and experience.’

She then further explained that as the queen of Iwo land, her responsibility is to always set a proper example for young girls and women in the community. She then went on to elebirate that, her dressing and outfits are to always be conservative and respectful.

‘No matter what I wear, my shoulders and full legs must be covered at all times. All of my clothes are custom made to match these requirements. 

But alas, things are no more the way she had envisaged. One hopes that her narrative hasn’t changed now for the negative.

The then Prince AbdulRosheed was a Canada based well heeled sharp businessman, who became the king of his homestead after the stool became vacant after the demise of the former King in 2013. The then Prince AbdulRosheed Adewale Akanbi Ilufemiloye ascended the throne of his forebears on November 9, 2015 making it 4 years on the throne already and he immediately adopted Telu 1 as his title. The Iwo stool has existed since 1415 till date.

After the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Oba Akanbi, would be the 2nd Yoruba royal father to divorce or separate from a former wife, so openly. And like the Ooni, we are expecting that Kabiyesi should also very soon announce that an Olori or some Oloris have been found to take the place of the former Queen Chanel.

Long live the king!!!!


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