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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.



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  1. THE GENEALOGY OF OONIS OF ILE IFE: The first Ooni of Ile Ife was Oduduwa, but he was succeeded by some Ile Ife Elders as Oonis in the absence of his direct descendants at Ife to succeed him. But, Prince Oranmiyan, the Founder of the Obaship Dynasty in Benin, after the collapse of the earlier Ogiso Dynasty in the old Edo Kingdom. Prince Oranmiyan then did found Oyo Alaafin and Was also the first Osinle of Oke-Ona, now headed by HRM Osinle Adedapo Tejuosho. After founding these three Kingdoms cum Dynasties, Oranmiyan did return to Ile Ife, upon his return to Ife, he took over the Throne of Odududwa from one of the Ile IFE Elders who had succeeded Ooni Odududwa one after the other. That particular Ooni that Oranmiyan took over from was Ooni Obalufon Alaiyemore. This deposed OONI Obalufon Alaiyemore, left Ile ife and found another Kingdom called Efon Alaiye, and he became the First King of Efon Alaiye. Ooni Oranmiyan consolidated his ascension on the throne of Ooni Oduduwa and had a Son called Lajamisan, who succeeded his father, OONI Oranmiyan, as OONI Lajamisan. Ooni Lajamisan had two sons, Lajodogun and Lafogido, and these two brothers succeeded OONI Lajamisan their father on the throne of Odududwa. This, OONI Lajamisan was succeeded by His sons, Ooni Lajodogun, then OONI Lafogido. These two great grand Children of Ooni Oduduwa,, grand children of Ooni Oranmiyan and children of OONI Lajamisan, founded the two Initial Royal Houses of Ile-Ife. The Lajodogun and Lafogido Royal Ruling Houses. But, the OONI Lajodogun Royal Ruling House, got divided into three independent Royal Ruling Houses, which are Oshinkola, Ogboru and Giesi Royal Ruling Houses. So, the undivided Lafogido Royal Ruling House and the three newly independent Royal Ruling Houses are the four Ruling Houses we have at Ile Ife, (The contemporary Ile Ife Four Royal Ruling Houses are Lafogido, Osinkola, Ogboru and Giesi Royal Ruling Houses). It is from these four Ruling Houses that all Oonis of Ile Ife, since Ooni Oranmiyan ascended the Throne of OONI Odududwa, till the present Arole-Odududwa, Olori-Alade and Ooni of Ile Ife, H.I.M Babatunde Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 2nd. All Oonis of Ile Ife have their Genealogy traced down to Ooni Odududwa, via Ooni Lajamisan and Ooni Oranmiyan.

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