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Ever wondered about ancient Yoruba traditional religion? Read on…

The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II has described the ancient shrine of Olokun in Ile Ife as one of the greatest mysteries of God.

Ooni Ogunwusi accompanied by his queen Yeyeluwa Wuraola Ogunwusi stated this at the just concluded annual Olokun Traditional Festival held at the shrine located on Olokun street, Oke-Atan area of Ile-Ife globally accepted to be the cradle of Yoruba race. He explained Olokun as one of the 401 deities sent by Olodumare to occupy the pre-genesis esoteric world and Oduduwa’s stupendously rich wife was and still remains the goddess of the ocean that must be showcased to the world for the establishment of truth about the creation of mankind and tourist-economic potentials.

“In the beginning before the creation of man, God had sent 401 of his angels with different assignments unto the earth to form the very first society called pre-genesis world also known as IFE OODAYE.
Olokun was among the angels who are today Yoruba across the world, she was assigned to function as the goddess of the sea, she lived both spiritually and physically as a very wealthy wife of Oduduwa who was the god of prayers. God created both the heaven and the earth which included the oceans in His mysterious way, the ocean as one of His greatest mystery, which is the revelation of His spirit via “Olokun” which literarily means “the one who owns the sea” or the “goddess of the sea”.

Ooni Ogunwusi also said that God almighty left different signs in Ile-Ife to confirm our belief that the town is the source of all creation with the Olokun shrine where the mysterious Olokun well is located from where she transformed into the Oceans as one of the esoteric sings we see today that must be globally celebrated.
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He identified Olokun as very beautiful, hardworking, rich, generous and famous that she was always adorned in precious stones and ornaments during her time as a physical being on earth. He cited the precious stones and ornaments still being discovered in the seas today as part of the various ornaments she owned while physically on earth.

The event also witnessed by all the kingmakers and other Chiefs was climaxed with the special prayers offered by the Monarch and his wife by the side of the mysterious WELL for peace, and progress of Ife and the black race to the admiration thousands of people in attendance at the festival.

58 Comments

  1. jess

    May 1, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    I have a feeling the first wife is happy there is a second wife to do stuff like the above.

    • Kadara

      May 1, 2016 at 4:55 pm

      There is no first wife again they went their separate ways., sure she ran when she saw what was expected. This is the only wife and that’s why when people were saying how can he marry this girl , I was thinking see this jokers . How many women can do this job because yes it’s a job. By the way see this life. This girl was the one they were slut shaming before as if the Oba was a virgin , now theyve moved on. Very soon they will find someone else again and move on from Tiwa. We need to address why Nigerians need to slut shame women though and the worst part is fellow women are usually the most vicious attackers not knowing their own day will soon come. If that aide could call the SU looking House of Rep woman an Ashewo after slapping her it shows that in the eyes of these men all women are Ashawos yet many women will still join and be attacking each other .

    • forever bashing

      May 1, 2016 at 9:31 pm

      Eagerly ready to take any opportunity to swipe at Men. Everything on BN is not a gender issue.
      You and ginger need 2 take a sit.

    • Adeanon

      May 1, 2016 at 6:55 pm

      Indeed. Bukky you dodged a big bullet! Thank God for you.

  2. osa

    May 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    This my ego sister and her mouth. Lol

    • osa

      May 1, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Edo

  3. Yum

    May 1, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Uneasy truly lies the head that wears the crown. The rituals and diabolical things that come with this royalty mumbo jumbo is quite unimaginable.

    • Bimbo

      May 1, 2016 at 5:20 pm

      When you are frying turkey for Christmas that one is not ritual celebration? Simply Google the origin of Christmas? It is a pagan tradition ! When it is our custom you people will spoil it because Europeans have borrowed you religion then you will come and start screaming how somethings are unafrican? This is african tradition! Let those who appreciate it enjoy it. It is the prodigal child who points at his father’s house withh his left hand. Pls take several seats. Excuse yourself!

    • Yum

      May 1, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Mistakenly liked your post. The question you should ask is in whose honour are these ‘ritualistic celebrations’ you cited performed? Now christmas to the best of my knowledge is in honour of Christ and there were also feasts and celebrations in the bible as well. So my concern isnt with these celebrations in themselves but the motive behind them. Notice i used the word ‘diabolical’.

    • Mama

      May 1, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      Madam Bimbo
      Why mix your African Tradition with European Religion??? Why twist the Bible to justify your idol worship??? If Olokun is your god serve it without twisting the story of creation to satisfy your depraved mind!!!

    • The Abimbola

      May 2, 2016 at 2:28 am

      Why do we have the same name, Madam Bimbo? When next you want to chat such bs, please use your 2nd name.

    • Bimbo

      May 2, 2016 at 3:50 am

      Mama, pls go and read about the Saturnalia festival which eventually morphed into Christmas! Which story of creation did I twist? Since you brought it up how did cane and Seth populate the world???
      Yum, the purpose of this festival is exactly the same as Christmas – to honour a yoruba god! It’s no different from honouring jesus – every people have their own creation story and for your information – most of the themes are surprisingly similar. What gives the Christian story any more legitimacy than the ile- ife story. Meanwhile , you know the trinity is man made! Read up on that if you will.
      The British knew that too colonise a people completely you had to replace their own gods with yours – and they did a fantastic job ! Africa is truly and completely colonised!

    • Verite.

      May 2, 2016 at 11:21 am

      @Bimbo, mistakenly ‘loved’ your comment trying to click the reply button, which BN did not put. Your misinformed and half-informed comments including your wrong spellings below show clearly you are not knowledgeable about true Christianity neither about God’s Word, the Bible, which CLEARLY, you have not read. If you had taken the time to actually read it, and with a calmness of spirit not demonstrated in your comments, you will find abundant evidence in the Bible of the Holy Trinity of God. God is NOT man-made. The Divine God-Head is NOT man-made. The Trinity of God is NOT man-made. I adjure you not to blaspheme. I do not know what you have read and are telling people to “”read up on””. It doesn’t matter who said/is saying it, even preaching it, who wrote it, there is only and shall ever always be one authority on God, and that is God Himself, in His Word. Right from the very first chapter of the very first Book of the Bible to the very last chapter of the very last Book of the Bible, abounds proof and evidence and declarations of the Trinity of God. You, “”read up on that if you will.””
      Please.
      I may have “”mistakenly ‘loved’ your comment”” but God did not and does not mistakenly love you in sending His Son to shed His blood for your sins so that if you receive His free gift of salvation, you may have eternal life, and HE and you may live together forever throughout eternity.

  4. Christy

    May 1, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    Ehen so what else is new with these folks

    Satanic demonic rituals passed down from generation .

    Wouldn’t touch “them” with a ten foot ppoke

    I plead the blood if Jesus on these devilish group

  5. olori

    May 1, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    Can the Olori speak yoruba? I thought she’s Edo.

    • sandra

      May 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

      she’s Edo but was born and lived the first few years of her life in Ile Ife i think

    • Bayo T

      June 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm

      So you believe the lie Yeye sold to us ,?

  6. Mama

    May 1, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Na wah for open rituals and idol worship!!!! Please these pagans should stop calling the name of Almighty God when they are worshipping their dead gods.
    Only a Bini girl will do this… No normal right thinking God fearing woman will be openly serving Olokun.
    Now it makes sense why his first wife baled out!!!
    BN: DO NOT screen my comments. I am entitled to my opinion.

    • Ewa

      May 1, 2016 at 6:06 pm

      Do you know what people are doing in the privacy of their homes? Speak for yourself o…

    • truth hurts

      May 1, 2016 at 7:05 pm

      Funny how people who have no idea about the yoruba ways open their rectum and spew such arrant nonsense. I pray to your God, Olodumare and the other gods out there that you receive sense this season. For the record, there is nothing wrong with what he is doing. He is simplifying their customs so that his people will carry it on and those interested can join, just like the white man/jihadists(in the north)came in, killed ur uncle’s n aunts , carried them away as slaves and still forced you to worship their own version of God.

    • Bimbo

      May 2, 2016 at 4:10 am

      Exactly. Be following a religion that endorsed the slavery of your people. Stupidity of the highest order.

    • OC

      May 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      What exactly do you mean by “Only a Bini girl will do this”. Talk about hasty generalisation

    • Eliot

      May 1, 2016 at 8:18 pm

      What do u mean only a Bing girl will do this !!!!!!……stop judging others because no body made u a judge…….

    • Dragon E

      May 1, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      And who are you to judge? You have your Almighty God and they have theirs, what makes you think your God is better than theirs. Y’ all have been brainwashed by Europeans, in the bid to look and sound ‘educated’ , you neglect your culture and reject every thing African.

    • Priye

      May 1, 2016 at 10:51 pm

      That’s the part that really offended me. My LORD God is NOT their god. Nigerians have a way of mixing Christianity with Islam and Christianity with straight up idol worship just to not offend people. It’s really disgusting to watch from a distance. ‘Chose ye this day whom you shall serve, as for me and my house, we shall serve the LORD through His Son Jesus
      This is the same person that invited men of God to pray for him. Abeg, I tire for all this mixture.

    • Rose Okwy

      May 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm

      Why not?, We were surviving and thriving before Christianity ever came in. The problems now is that we have forgotten our culture so bad that things are falling apart and the center is no longer holding. We cannot throw away our culture because the white man came with his, why is white always right? Christianity is not our religion. I love our culture but abhor the parts that relegate women to the back, calls for human sacrifices and definitely the belief in witchcraft which has destroyed a lot of African families. Other than that which are pretty serious issues I LOVE MY CULTURE including its religious rights. Christianity also has her issues too many to name, can we start with the inconsistencies/contradictions in the bible? anyway….

  7. swagg1

    May 1, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    And you wonder why Nigeria is backward and still living in the dark ages. Fetish and voodooism is not way to promote community development. Just saying.

  8. Noname

    May 1, 2016 at 7:03 pm

    No be me talk am say olokun don marry orisha. This is a real divine marriage. He picked her well and she will play the role well.

  9. Ibikun

    May 1, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Wetin be this? my spirit can never agree to this kind of work. I only know jesus and can worship no other despite my sins. Three gbagans for the olori (with various names)!!! E be like say this thing dey for your body since… It even fits you sef.

  10. dddd

    May 1, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    MY people do not be deceived by their propaganda,The claim frying turkey is a ritual, and this is African tradition. let me categorical say this what wants blood wouldn’t accept red oil. I can choose to eat fish on Christmas,can they choose to throw a black dove or black pigeon instead?.can they choose to throw a turkey instead ? the answer is NO.from this picture i can write an essay about the meaning of the birds and why it is white and what is stands for.Christ is the only way the truth and the light,why choose to serve other gods when you can serve the GOD of gods?.Anybody that says its our tradition to serve this gods is either a worshiper,possessed or ignorant.I have been a part of the life for a long time, done rituals upon rituals.So i categorically say that when push comes to shove,which i have seen a lot of times it is GOD we used to still count on. so until you have been very spiritual i advice not to fall for propaganda!!.who nor go nor know! The earth belongs to the lord and everything in it.

    • Bimbo

      May 2, 2016 at 4:06 am

      Christ is not the ” only way” pls. There are approximately 3000 religions and all of them feel just as strong as you do about their God! You obviously cannot write an essay about the meaning of the white doves since you obviously do not know what they symbolise! If you knew you would have mentioned it already. What benefit do you have as a christian that an atheist, Hindu or, jew does not have? You do not have any proof your religion is the right one @ uv just been brainwashed as so many other people have been.

    • dddd

      May 2, 2016 at 3:09 pm

      @bimbo see you, be arguing there , you want me to now tell you what it means hahahha.if you that curious insteasd of admiring from afar go to the shrine and start worshiping the idols or gods, after you don baff rive, buy enough dove and pig and you start to experience something our eye will clear lol

    • onegirllikethis

      May 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm

      Dear Bimbo, I pray for you this day that you will have an encounter with the only true and living God, that He will reveal himself to you and show you the light of His salvation. I pray that you will become a disciple for Christ and that through you one day, many souls will be won for the kingdom. God bless you Bimbo, you strike me as someone with a strong heart, i pray that that heart will turn for Jesus and that the Lord will use it for His Glory.

    • Bayo T

      June 10, 2016 at 9:34 pm

      This Bimbo is already lost. I pray the spirit of God would find you.

  11. naijamess

    May 1, 2016 at 8:07 pm

    At Mama, there is nothing wrong in believing or serving the gods, Africa is bless specially Nigeria which is rich in culture. Go to Cuba they worship Olokun which has origin in Nigeria, go to British museum you will see alot of Nigerian craft and history and the whites adores them. So if you believe in serving juju continue and if you are christian continue without spoiling those that believe and serve the Olokun.

    • onegirllikethis

      May 2, 2016 at 6:51 pm

      So the fact that Cubans also worship Olokun makes it okay and acceptable? Matthew 4:10. “You shall worship the Lord your God and Him ONLY you shall serve”. People, please i beg of you, do not be deceived, there is only one true God and his name is Jehovah. Satan is seeking relentlessly after your soul, do not give in to false doctrines in the name of tradition and culture. Your only true culture is the lifestyle of a believer which the Bible clearly describes. God Bless You.

  12. Eliot

    May 1, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Bini girl

  13. ElessarisElendil

    May 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    But release doves aren’t indigenous to west Africa (correct me if I’m wrong), seems to me introducing modernity kinda demeans the essence of tradition.

    Monarchs still aren’t worth our tax money………..especially in a “republic”.

  14. uber

    May 1, 2016 at 8:38 pm

    @ mama, but your opinion isn’t needed in this issue or has anyone called the ‘god’ you worship into scrutiny?
    Leave those who worship deity be cos those who are whole need no doctor and if you want to preach, there are better ways

  15. Lala

    May 1, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    Anyone who has been to Brazil (Bahia specifically) and gets into a normal taxi will see a keychain hung on the mirror with all the names or the Orisha’s dangling (God of thunder, war etc. They actually schooled me). For me as a Yoruba Nigerian, I was amazed to see them openly and strongly embracing the raw essence of what they left Africa/Nigeria with being religion, food (akaraje) and other things. Whether we like to admit it or not, this was our religion before the whites came and ‘brainwashed’ us otherwise. Whilst intrigued, I’m not a believer in this as its sorta scary stuff (am I brainwashed?) but one can’t deny that we were advance in our understanding of physics and the workings of the world as we were in craft and construction (Egyptians) back then also. Whilst its foreign to me now, I won’t knock it. It is a part of our culture/history that should be embraced (to what extent … I don’t know).
    My concern is with these new age oba’s/yeye’s. firstly the selection process, are we following tradition in their selection? Something seems off. Yes this is a job but if this is the root of Yoruba people/land then the people chosen to lead should be suited as such. I will leave it there.

    • ElessarisElendil

      May 2, 2016 at 12:51 am

      Brainwash: pressurize (someone) into adopting radically different beliefs by using systematic and often forcible means.

      The Europeans didn’t brainwash nobody, people that were oppressed under the old ways chose to abandon it, when the traditionalists saw the benefits of Christianity(western education+ “high level” employment) they joined the bandwagon. I’ll admit the comments here are cringe-worthy but let’s not twist history.

      Example, the North didn’t join the bandwagon………look at them now. No the Wangarawa who introduced Islam didn’t brainwash them either, they were concrete benefits at the time.

    • Ella

      May 2, 2016 at 2:25 am

      Sweets, it’s not brain washing, they brought the gospel of Christ, it’s now up to us to seek a relationship with God and not follow religion, if ppl want to follow the gods it’s up to them, but please let’s stop all this brainwash moves mehn

  16. rita

    May 1, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    what do you mean ‘only a bini girl would do this’ ? don’t be stupid here please. As if any woman who has the chance to marry a whole Oni will not do the same. Gerrahere with your tribalistic self.

    • The Abimbola

      May 2, 2016 at 2:30 am

      I get what you mean. Although I think her comment was/is offensive, I believe she said that as most Nigerians have the impression that Edo people are fetish; not sure why.

  17. Damseldami

    May 1, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    Why does the olori wear white? I never seen her pictures in any colour but white. Is it tradition?

  18. Letty

    May 2, 2016 at 1:55 am

    There are many more women to come after her and willingly share the diabolical duties…such is the nature of these evil shenannigans…this ooni has more wives to come..only in Africa

  19. Ella

    May 2, 2016 at 2:22 am

    I am a Christian just for the records ,

    Some of you Christians here just bashing anyhow, it’s not a Christ like behaviour, the gospel of Christ is love and the way some Christians just judge, Bruv some of you are only Christians on Sundays or when you want to bash non believers. Show people love and that will attract them to Christ. Read your bible Jesus treated everyone the same. L. O. V. E.
    This olori never smiles sha!

    • Enough!

      May 2, 2016 at 11:00 am

      @Ella, YOU read your Bible. Yes, Christians ARE “”called to judge the world.”” Paul spoke openly against the idol-worshipping, worshippers and makers and tradesmen/sellers of idols and the goddess ‘herself’/itself at Ephesus. No, JESUS CHRIST did NOT “”treat everyone the same.”” e.g.JESUS CHRIST often spoke out against the Pharisees and Sadducees; HE actually openly called them “”you brood of vipers”” i.e. serpents/snakes and children of serpents; HE called them “”snakes””; HE called them “”blind leading the blind””, “”blind guides””, JESUS CHRIST called them “”whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness.””; HE pronounced curses on them; seven, in fact; publicly. In case you don’t know, which clearly from your post, you don’t, a “”woe”” is a Divine curse to be followed by Divine judgment. JESUS CHRIST openly and publicly called Herod the king “”that fox””.

      People come on social media and announce that they are “”Christians””, then begin to make statements that are either half-baked or completely twist the Word of GOD. You demonstrate what The Word of GOD calls “”zeal without knowledge.””

      Is it better to see souls going to hell every day and keep quiet? because you are “”not judging””? Is it “”L.O.V.E.”” when you see souls deceived and perishing in darkness, and you know you have THE LIGHT, you know you have THE TRUTH, and you keep quiet, because when you “”L.O.V.E.”” a child, an adult, anyone, and you see them running into fire, you see them on the way/on the path of hell fire, you just keep quiet and “”L.O.V.E.”” them into the fire? Don’t you know that GOD has appointed you as a “”watchman””? Don’t you know that when you see these things and you do not speak, and they die in their sins, GOD has said HE will “”require their blood at your hands?””

      Open your Bible and actually READ and actually STUDY and actually MEDITATE on It, HABITUALLY, and ALWAYS, inviting THE HOLY SPIRIT to open your eyes and help you.

      In that same Bible, you will find:
      “”For GOD so LOVED the world that HE gave HIS only Begotten SON that whosoever believes in HIM shall not perish but shall have everlasting life.”” When GOD speaks of “”the world”” in HIS Word/the Bible, HE doesn’t mean the earth, HE means sinners (and that is all of us without true surrender to JESUS CHRIST). Now see the proof of GOD’s “”L.O.V.E.”” :
      The same JESUS CHRIST you mentioned says: “”Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent.”” Revelation 3: 19
      Again, from The Word of GOD: “”My son, do not reject the discipline of the LORD or loathe His reproof, for whom the LORD LOVES He chastises, even as a father corrects the son in whom he delights.””

      People try to speak, to warn, to admonish, to speak THE TRUTH, to bring THE TRUE LIGHT, to save souls from hell and eternal damnation, and yet, even some who claim to be “”Christians”” do what JESUS CHRIST proclaimed over 2000 years ago: “”O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing!””

  20. Lady T

    May 2, 2016 at 3:29 am

    I know you are a bini lady, what else can you say.

  21. Lady T

    May 2, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Kadera, if you have nothing to say can you let other reasonable people talk. First wife is always first dirge till eternity. So there is first wife some where.

  22. Mabel

    May 2, 2016 at 4:53 am

    What an absolutely beautiful story, I am utterly intrigued. Does anyone know if this Olukun Goddess is also known as Yemoja/Yemanja? Yemoja is always depicted as stunning and the epitome of black beauty and sensuality. African mysticism is just as valid and relevant as any other. Love the Dogon tribe and the Yoruba creation story. I will keep searching for more of these. The continent is so rich with culture and esoteric beliefs, and I freaking love it!

  23. Only one God

    May 2, 2016 at 8:37 am

    There is only one God. And there is nothing God frowns upon the most than associating partners with him. It’s a shame their seeking of wealth and fame has left both of them compromised at such a young age. May God forgive all of us and direct our paths

  24. Billionaire in grace

    May 2, 2016 at 9:23 am

    This is idol worship period.cos there is no other god who created the heaven and earth and the sea besides jehova almighty

  25. Alibaba

    May 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

    No real Temps bi dis oooooooo. She fits the role very well.

  26. Alibaba

    May 2, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Na real Yemoja bi dis oooooooo. I’m so happy for the first wife. She has her peace and her God. I beg, make I take my coffee.Na wetin she won do bi dis.

  27. Woman of God

    May 2, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Adebisi, Adebukunola nee Bombata I thank God for your precious life! Bless you forever for choosing to serve the Lord and not bowing down to any man made gods!. I rejoice with you once again. Indeed God is totally against idol worshiping!

  28. Sweery

    May 2, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Just so you know @Enough, you’re going to hell. You obviously are the worst self acclaimed righteous woman/man I’ve ever read. What makes you so sure you’re saved and casting other’s fate already. I’ve not seen one muslim’s comment here. You Christians need to take a learning sometimes.

  29. Adeori

    June 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Jesu ni ona, Otito ati Iye, enikeni to Ba gba, yio ri iye ainipekun. Jesus is the only way and God has made it clear that He hates idol worshiping! Everyone believing in Ifa, Ogboni etc just because one fine King is leading the boat should be ready to sink together. It’s never too late for you to have a reflection of your life and give your life to Jesus.

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