In a ceremony devoid of the usual fanfare, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, recently welcomed his new wife, Mariam Anako, who hails from Ebira ethnic group in Kogi State, into the palace.
Until her marriage to Ooni, Mariam is said to be working as an administrative manager in an oil and gas firm that is also into engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning.
Her parents were based in Ilorin, Kwara state. She lost her dad at a young age. She was raised in the home of former Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Dikko. Her mother is a retired police officer.
Her elder sister, Medina Anako is a lawyer, businesswoman, and also Special Adviser on Intergovernmental Affairs and Kogi State Diaspora Focal Point Officer (DFPO) to Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State.
Mariam’s elder sibling, Mrs Raliat Abdulrahman nee Anako is a Special Adviser to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Rt. Hon Femi Gbajabiamila.
The couple had their introduction ceremony on February 19,2022 before the low-keyed marriage.
In a series of videos, which went viral, the Ife monarch and some chiefs showered prayers on Mariam while she was on her knees.
Mariam becomes the Kings new Queen after his last union with Prophetess Naomi Ogunwusi was dissolved in December 2021.