Photos by Dare Fasube
Ife deities pass Oduduwa crown to new Ooni Ogunwusi as he observes spot-to-spot rituals across Ife
By Gbenga Olarinoye
OSOGBO—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 wearing Seseefun 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.
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.
culled from Vanguard Newspaper
The Ooni of Ife is one of the direct descendants of Oduduwa, famously the progenitor of the Yoruba nation.