She was aged 104 years.
Survived by her only surviving son, Prince Oluropo Ogunwusi, the father of the Ooni, and 12 other grandchildren, the late Queen Mariani who lost her second son, Prince Isaac Olufemi Ogunwusi, and her husband Prince Olaobaju Joseph Ogunwusi, in 1995 and 1998 respectively, died at exactly 4:30 am in her house in Ile-Ife.
The Director of Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Comrade Moses Olafare, who confirmed the incident in a statement, said that the late Queen Ogunwusi fondly called Mama Alaso might have had the premonition of her death as she had, in the last one month, been placing Ooni Ogunwusi’s picture on her chest either while sleeping or sitting always praying: “Olorun o ma seun o ti o je ki ala ogoji odun wa si imuse l’oju emi. Moti ti wa se tan latin pada s’odo re bayii o, ki n’ le so fun oko mi pe asotele odun 1974 ti sele o,” meaning: “God, I thank you for keeping me alive to witness a dream of over 40 years. I am now ready to return to you in heaven for eternity and will be able to tell my husband of this manifestation of our 1974 dream.”
A devoted Christian, community leader and loving mother, Queen Mariano is also survived by 11 other successful grandchildren, including London-based Prince Adegboyega Ogunwusi, a Lekki-based real estate magnate, Prince Adetunji Ogunwusi, Princess Folasade Ogunwusi Fadairo, Princess Adesola Ogunwusi Olojede and Princess Foluso Ogunwusi Kolawole.
Others include Princess Adebimpe Ogunwusi Daodu, Princess Lola Ogunwusi Oyeyipo, Princess Adebambo Ogunwusi Osunkoya, Princess Bunmi Ogunwusi, Princess Adedoja Ogunwusi Olorunfemi and Princess Toyin Ogunwusi.
Her remains will be interred during the final funeral activities fixed for 22nd and 22rd April, 2016, by the family.