Why was the Oba covering his mouth? It was obviously a cultural act but what was the significance? Even his wives covered their mouths.
People talk on his behalf most of the time and whatever they proclaim becomes the Law with immediate effect.
A friend of mine who is a painter said he did a painting of the old Oba and it was rejected because it depicted him smiling. According to tradition, people are not supposed to see the Oba’s teeth so he doesn’t smile.
His wives covered their mouths as a sign of submission.