“Patience And Valor Took Me This Far”, Wife Of Onijoko Of Ijoko, Ota, Olori Esther Ayinke Matanmi

“Patience And Valor Took Me This Far”, Wife Of Onijoko Of Ijoko, Ota, Olori Esther Ayinke Matanmi

The wife of Onijoko of Ijoko, Ota, HRH, Oba Adbulfatai Alani Matanmi has attributed her journey thus far in his husband’s house to patience and valor.

She said this while celebrating her 70th birthday and 53rd wedding anniversary to the Onijoko of Ijoko, Ota.

The event which commenced from St. Micheal’s African Church, Igbo Olori with a thanksgiving service has friends, brethren and families alike trooped in to celebrate the martyr.


The Bishop of Awori diocese RT. Rev. T. Ade-Fagbayi while delivering his sermon, described Queen Eshter as one who served God with all her time and possessions.

The event took a further turn as the celebration was taken to FATLAN hotels, Ijako, Ota where friends and families were hosted.


Speaking with Voice Of Awori lifestyle and entertainment correspondent, the Olori said she had witnessed a lot of things in her sojourn in life. Citing an instance of when one of her sons,  Ismaila Adetunji Matanmi died at the age of 35 years. She however thanked God for sparing her life and that of her other children to witness this day.


She advised her children, wives and daughters of Ota and Awori land to be patient in that patience owns the world.


Describing his wife, the Onijoko of Ijoko, Ota, Oba Matanmi said she is a good wife, very humble and patient to the core. He added that in their 53 years of marriage, he had not for once regretted that he got married to her. Nevertheless, he blamed her for allowing him marry more wives without even raising a dust for once. Adding that he sometimes feels uncomfortable with the relative peace she makes with her junior wives as he feels that their silence and peace may be an attempt to plot coup against him.


In a chat with one of her children, Prince Owolabi Matanmi, one of the candidates to the throne of Olota of Ota, he described his mother as a rare gem, who stood by him and his half brothers in trying times. He added that her relentless effort contributed to his personal development. While fielding question on what age will he be willing to let his mother join her ancestors, he said he wishes that she stayed with them for ever because her company means a lot to him and others in the family.


Princess Abolore Matanmi, one of the celebrant’s daughters described her mother a siege who has imparted her life so much. She said if she is opportune to be rich like Dangote, she would like to take her mother tour the globe as this is the only reward for the sacrifices she has made for them.


Prince Matanmi who is the second born of the celebrant, while speaking with our correspondent said his mother has no bad attitude he can mention of. He said his mother is such a woman that one can boast of in the society. In his words, ‘she is very quiet, gentle, and she is one in a million’.



Some of the dignitaries who trooped in to celebrate with Olori Matanmi includes; The Olofin Of Ado-Odo, HRH, Oba Lateef Akanni Adeniran, Hon. Balinga, Hon Ola Bello among others.


Aishat Yusuf

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