Among the kingmakers in Ile-Ife are the Ejiro, the Obalufe and the Obaloran, who today are traditional rulers in their right courtesy Oba Okunade Sijuwade’s tenure as the Ooni of Ile-Ife.
Immediately after the death of Ooni, it is expected that the Sookolekun, who is the head of the Ife Princes, is saddled with the responsibility of informing the traditional council officially.
The traditional council will then carry out some cultural and traditional rites before the death of the monarch is announced to the public.
The council, after declaring the demise to the public, will now declare the markets in the ancient town closed and a seven-day mourning period declared.
It is expected that all the property of the late monarch must have been removed from the palace before the announcement of the death, as whatever was left of his property belongs to the palace immediately his demise was announced.