Yemoja becomes the Apetebi ( woman ) of Orula. After Yemoja left Oshun’s Ile Tinibu she wandered sometime through the kingdom, and she reflected upon what had happened that day she left.
Deep in thoughts Yemoja became startled by a voice she had heard calling to her from the forest.
Yes, yes I hear you .. I will come .
Yemoja followed the voice she had heard in her mind. she followed the path deep into the Ile Nibu ( forest) Till she came upon a rather large Araba tree in the middle of the forest known as Iroko. There she knew she would find the owner of the voice from which was speaking to her.
There at the foot near the roots of the tree , Yemoja became surprised to see a man sitting on the ground with a table made from the Ceiba tree.
He spoke to her this time not in her head but from his lips.
Emine, Yemoja Osi Obini ( I Orula ,which you Yemoja to be my wife).
Yemoja looked upon the man and said to herself, why not stay with him, he looks so lonely and unloved by anyone, since he had never known anyone to show him love. It would be well for her as well and convenient for her this way she could learn the art of divining through Orula’s Oracle.
This would prove to be beneficial for her , she would be able to predict the events to come in the future. Without thinking she stayed by his side , not because of love but yet because she pitied him , therefore Yemoja knew this would not last long, besides he did not fulfill her as a man, nor did he have any wealth to speak of.
Her time with Orula was short but took advantage of watching his divine with the Ekuele( oracle of Ifa) long enough that she began to divine as well when her Ocu( husband) was not at home. The crowds came and would allow Yemoja to divine for them and she became known as great as her husband Orula in predicting the future .
One day while in the village Orula overheard the news of a woman who could divine the future and he had to see it for himself , so he followed the crowd that gathered . To his surprise the crowd lead him to his own Ile Araba ( home of the great tree of Orula).
Yemoja had been consulting when her Oku
( husband) entered the door , in surprise Yemoja tried to hide the Ekuele under her skirt. Orula’s pet dog entered first and caught Yemoja by surprise, then he entered the home, Orula angered by his Apetebi’s actions , told Yemoja to leave that he no longer desired her as his Obini (wife) .
( **this reaffirms, Yemojas hatred towards dogs and the reason her children should not have them in the home )
Yemoja was sure she had learned all she could from her Ocu , left him and continued on her path to her Alafin ILe Ocum (palace in the deep sea).
The time she spent with Orula was less than a year of the cycle of the seasons.
during this time she tried to keep herself busy in order to forget about her love of Arganyu .