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Photostory Ooni of Ile Ife Coronation Ceremony

 

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Coronation fireworks the night before – Photo credit  Ktravula

Three days after the ancient city of Ile Ife was bathed in the splendour of the coronation of Oba  Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi as the 51st Ooni , and social media  continues to reverberate with the  grandeur of it all.

 

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Photo credit – Ife Club Twenty UK

 

The  magnificence of the coronation of a Yoruba first class (as the direct Oduduwa descendant kings are termed in English) king was  indeed a royal spectacle to behold

 

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Photo Credit – Ife Club Twenty UK

 

Invitees proudly showed off their invitation cards and/or VIP passes.

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Foremost Nigerian film producer Kunle Afolayan displays his invitation with a smug smile 🙂

Pomp, pageantry &  grandeur thickened the air  in Ile ife and all over the Yoruba homeland as ancient traditions were followed.

 

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Photo credit – Ife Club Twenty UK

 

 

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Photo credit – Ife Club Twenty UK

 

 

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Photo credit – Ife Club Twenty UK

 

 

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Photo credit – Ife Club Twenty UK 

 

 

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The Ooni flanked by the Governors of Osun and Lagos states – Photo Credit Ife Club Twenty UK

 

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Receiving state recognition . Photo credit  Ife Club Twenty UK

 

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Dignitaries Sultan of Sokoto, the Vice President, and The Governor of Lagos attended – Photo credit Ife Club Twenty UK

 

And at the event itself people made sure to take photos of themselves with friends at the ceremony.

 

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Mr Afolayan and friends

 

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A group of Yoruba actors and actresses at the event

For those of us watching from thousands of miles away social media was the  way to “attend” the ceremony through the lucky ones on ground

Array after array of gorgeously dressed ladies and gents (of course our favourite indigenous fabric made a grand showing on every head male and female in the flourish of craft-fully tied gele and proudly arched fila as well as delicately balanced iborun) as glittering daughters and sons  of Oduduwa and their well-wishers showed their loyalty to the newly crowned handsome young king who promises a new Yoruba land for all.

Quite a day to  be remembered for decades

Kaaabiyesi, kade pe lori, ki bata pe le se

Photos below courtesy Ktravula 

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The new king addresses the Yoruba world in his first interview after coronation

 

And  a list of Ooni from Oduduwa to the present Ojaja II

1ST      ODUDUWA

2ND     OSANGANGAN OBAMAKIN

3RD     OGUN

4TH      OBALUFON OGBOGBODIRIN

5TH      OBALUFON ALAYEMORE

6TH      ORANMIYAN

7TH      AYETISE

8TH      LAJAMISAN

9TH      LAJODOOGUN

10TH    LAFOGIDO

11TH    ODIDIMODE ROGBEESIN

12TH    AWOROKOLOKIN

13TH    EKUN

14TH    AJIMUDA

15TH    GBOONIJIO

16TH    OKANLAJOSIN

17TH    ADEGBALU

18TH    OSINKOLA

19TH    OGBORUU

20TH    GIESI

21ST    LUWOO (FEMALE)

22ND   LUMOBI

23RD   AGBEDEGBEDE

24TH    OJELOKUNBIRIN

25TH    LAGUNJA

26TH    LARUNNKA

27TH    ADEMILU

28TH    OMOGBOGBO

29TH    AJILA-OORUN

30TH    ADEJINLE

31ST    OLOJO

32ND   OKITI

33RD   LUGBADE

34TH    ARIBIWOSO

35TH    OSINLADE

36TH    ADAGBA

37TH    OJIGIDIRI

38TH    AKINMOYERO 1770-1800

39TH    GBANLARE     1800-1823

40TH    GBEGBAAJE   1823-1835

41ST    WUNMONIJE 1835-1839

42ND   ADEGUNLE ADEWELA1839-1849

43RD   DEGBINSOKUN          1849-1878

44TH    ORARIGBA     1878-1880

45TH    DERIN OLOGBENLA1880-1894

46TH    ADELEKAN (OLUBUSE I ) 1894-1910

47TH    ADEKOLA         1910-1910

48TH    ADEMILUYI (AJAGUN)

49TH    ADESOJI ADEREMI ( pictured below)

Ooni Aderemi Photo Credit  SI website

 

50TH   OKUNADE SIJUWADE ( Pictured below)

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51st         ADEYEYE ENITAN OGUNWUSI – The newly crowned King

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