This could be the REAL reason Oba of Lagos scorned Ooni of Ife

                              Could the reason for Oba Akiolu's snub, lie behind his ever-present dark glasses?

On April 25, 2017, a video which indicated Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Aremu Akiolu embarrassing the Ooni of Ife, , Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi at a public function surfaced online. The video which lasted for 27 seconds showed the Ooni of Ife arriving the venue of an event.  He traded plesantries with the Obi of Onitsha Igwe Alfred Achebe. Nonetheless, when he endeavored to welcome Oba Akiolu who was situated by the Igbo king, he was repelled. Notwithstanding, some exploration done by Onyema Dike of Sabinews has uncovered that the Oba of Lagos, may have not done it intentionally.

Apparently, the Oba of Lagos is visually impaired and may not have realised who had come to greet him especially as the person seemed to genuflect. To him,anybody bowing for him must be a subject.

This depends on a story distributed on September, 2, 2016 by The Nation, where the Oba recognized his visual disability, expressing that he had been experiencing Glaucoma for a long time.

The story reads in part: “Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu has called on Lagos residents to go for glaucoma screening to prevent blindness. “So, as a person living with glaucoma, I can say for anyone not to go blind, if you are being treated for glaucoma, be sure to take your prescribed glaucoma medicine every day. See your eye care professional regularly. "You can help protect the vision of family members and friends, who may be at high risk for glaucoma, especially those over age 40 and everyone over 60 years and people with a family history of the disease by sharing information as I am doing. “Please encourage them to have a comprehensive dilated eye examination regularly. Remember that lowering eye pressure in the early stages of glaucoma slows progression of the disease and helps save vision,” said Oba Akiolu. 

Also, an official of the Lagos state government who spoke to Sabinews on the condition of anonymity said: “Have you ever wondered why he always wears dark glasses even indoors? I once saw him leave the seat reserved for him to sit on another man’s lap at a public event. "I wonder why the palace has not acknowledged it by now and saved the Oba all the insults on social media.