The 201 deities in Ile-Ife certify Oba Ogunwusi as King; receives Oduduwa’s crown

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Viva Naija Oba Enitan Ogunwusi

Yoruba culture is still deep mehnnn. The long, detailed and enchanting rites and rituals that the new Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, has been made to undergo since his announcement, have proven that, despite our WiFi age, despite our oyinbo tekinoloji, our “somborri shao hallulyeahs“, our fohneh, Facebook and twirra and Co., the Yoruba culture will still revel from its deep-seated place and have it way, fully at that.

A mere look at the tired face of the Oba now, as opposed to the frosh Prince we were all introduced to some weeks back, further attests to the rigorous and religious adherence to the due processes stated in the cultural constitution of Yoruba culture, particularly in Ife.

...when the going was still frosh...????
when the going was still frosh…????

The 201 deities spread around the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, yesterday crowned the 51st Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, at Oke Ora, the spot where Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race, first wore the crown.

The event at Oke Ora, a community located between Ife and Osu town, took place around 1pm at Olokuta Hills, when the crown was invoked by Olojudo of Oke Ora, simply identified as Oba Sikiru.

According to some traditionalists who accompanied the monarch, Oba Ogunwusi could not wear the crown because it is worn only once in a year during Olojo festival which is just a few days away.

They added that the “Are Crown”, which is also called Ade Oduduwa, left Ife town on the demise of Oba Okunade Sijuade.

As early as 5 am, the monarch began the rites that would last all day by wearingSeseefun crown, otherwise called Ade Obatala, and began a spot-to- spot observance of rituals across Ife town.

The monarch, who was dressed in white lace material, was accompanied by members of Isoro cult, some Ife traditional high chiefs, and many indigenes of the town.

...a visibly tired but proud Oba Ogunwusi
…a visibly tired but proud Oba Ogunwusi

At Walode compound, Oba Ogunwusi entered an old building and was received by some women where he spent a few minutes before he departed.

When he emerged from the building, a ram was slaughtered and the blood of the animal was sprinkled on the floor.

Also at a junction around Ilode area, series of sacrifices were carried out and the traditionalists told drummers to announce the emergence of the monarch.

Activities in the ancient town were for several hours paralysed as most people particularly women stayed in doors while the various rituals were  performed.

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