Since the Prince has become a King , he is no longer called a Prince but Monarch, Royal Father , Kabiyesi, Oba ,Alaiyeluwa , Igba keji Orisa therefore his lifestyle has changed while he has to abide with many rules and forgo many things , taiwoabiodun.com writes
Respect:Ondo state governor bows to greet the Olowo-elect
Haaaa eewo ni o, Agbedo. Nba. No, no, Oba Alaiyeluwa igba keji orisa MUST not prostrate to greet ANYBODY again. Haaaa , eewo Orisa ni o,it is forbidden .He has prostrated for the last time to the Omolowos and Chiefs . Whether old or young , and no matter your position in the society an Oba must not prostrate for you.
The Ondo state Deputy governor bows too, it is compulsory
Picture above shows how the Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu bowed to greet the King-elect. The deputy Governor also did the same thing.Let the head of State come , he will bow down to greet the monarch if he cannot prostrate!.In fact his family members must now bow irrespective their status.If you are a Clergy man , or a Professor you must respect the throne and the crown, yes you must bow or prostrate to greet the King!
The Oba –elect had prostrated and greeted the Omolowos and the chiefs for the last time when he was announced as the winner.
Se e raye? See life! Before he became the Oba he was bowing down to his boss, the State governor Rotimi Akeredolu , now the reverse is the case!. That is tradition for you. Let the Head of state come to him, Olowo will not prostrate for him,That is our first class traditional King in Yoruba land.
In response to these greetings the Monarch would either shake hands with the highly rated personalities if he wishes or raises his fly whisk to acknowledge their greetings.
The moment he became an Oba , he will no longer prostrate to greet anybody even his own mother who is in her 90s must kneel down to greet him. Now the old and the young will prostrate (if men) or kneel (if women) down to greet him. Remember Ebenezer Obey’s song ” A ki k’Oba ni n’aro, idobale laa k’oba oo toto oo Oba Owo ooo’’( You prostrate to greet the King).
COVERING HIS HEAD
Before Prince Ajibade became Oba he was free to leave his head open and not wear a cap. But now as he has become a Monarch he can no longer leave his head bare open.And just any barber cannot barb his head
No cap here but now must cover his head always
again.He will rather call the Barber to his compound to cut his hair. He has become Alaiyeluwa , Kabiyesi Alase Ekeji Orisa ( second to God). It is believed that no one should see a Monarch’s head whoever does that will remain wretched for life. No wonder all Monarchs wear cap at least to cover their heads. While some even wear their caps in the church but few others would not believing that God should be honoured .
Oba’s words have become ase, thus whatever he says will surely come to pass and whoever he prays for or curses, all will come to pass.
It is mandatory for him to be wearing beads called akun or akon on his ankles or wrists and also on his neck .It is not just any beads any but special beads that befits his status.
The royal father must not just sit on any chair .His special royal seat is carried to wherever he goes as he must not sit on any chair in the gathering .Meanwhile he is now restricted as not all functions will he be going.
Yes, position has changed, wears his cap and the gov bows, it is compulsory
Haaa! Oba must not eat in the public , this is forbidden. Kai! Eeewo ni o. So therefore Olowo can no longer eat in the public places or go to the eatery to eat. This is a taboo for one should not see the King’s mouth or see how he puts a morsel of pounded yam or amala into his mouth.
Fly whisk and Beads: These are royal signs .He would be going about with a decorated beaded fly whisk (irukere) and beaded walking stick ( opa ileke) now, he would raise it up to respond to greetings. And he must not dance in the public except the traditional festivals like Igogo festival.
He will no longer go out alone as he would have his ”Guards’’ and his chiefs who will be adjusting his agbada and be saluting him while others would be blowing special traditional trumpets and showering panegyrics ( oriki) on him.
He is no longer the Ajibade Gbadegesin but His Imperial Majesty , the Olowo of Owo, the Ogunoye III. He has become Orisa.All hail the King!.