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Thousands Gather to Celebrate the Annual Olojo Festival as Ooni of Ife Wears the ‘Aare Crown’ for the First Time

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Olojo Festival4There was jubilation in Ile-Ife on Saturday as the ‎Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, appeared to the waiting mammoth crowd with the historic and sacred Aare crown on his head which he wore for the first time since his enthronement late last year.‎

The crown, which is believed to weigh over 70kg spiritually, was always worn once a year by the Ooni, during which major gods in the city are appeased.

The Aare is a special crown made of 151 items, part of which is cutlass and hoe.‎ The crown is worn during the annual Olojo Festival in the ancient city.

The festival, which is a celebration of the creation of the first dawn, the first afternoon and the first night in creation of mankind, witnessed the presence of dignitaries, artists, traditional rulers and government officials.‎

As the Ooni walked out with the Aare crown, thousands of indigenes and non-indigenes of Ile-Ife were praying and hailing the king.

Dressed in all white apparel, Oba Ogunwusi who had been in seclusion for seven days, left his residence for Oke Emese (Emese court) within the palace premises, around 4PM to perform final rites before he wore the mystic Aare crown.

At exactly 5PM, Oba Ogunwusi came out with Are crown on his head and a white dove, praying for the peace and progress of the ancient city and the black race.

He subsequently proceeded amidst prayers and several gunshots to Oke Mogun (Ogun shrine) and Idi Aje two major ports of call during Olojo Festival where rituals and prayers were said for the peace of Nigeria and Yoruba race.

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On the procession of Ooni to Oke Mogun were former Governor of South West and Aare Tobalase of Ife, Admiral Akin Aduwo; Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Tredjo Sosa; former President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Gbenga Adefaye; a Special Adviser to Lagos state governor, Kehinde BamigbetanSenator Babajide OmoworareHon. Rotimi Makinde; Professor Adeyemi Aderibigbe; Leader of Oodu Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr. Frederick Fasheun; Minority Leader of Osun state House of Assembly, Hon. Safiriyu Akinwole; some royal fathers led by Ajero of Ijero kingdom, Oba Adewole Joseph, Ife chiefs, priests and members of OPC, as well as indigenes and tourists from different parts of world.

Before Ooni commenced the trip, his traditional emissaries known as Emese, who wore only shorts, wielding coated canes performed the symbolic sprint to Oke Mogun shrine three times to clear the route the monarch would take.

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The historic Olojo 2016, which started ‎on Monday  had witnessed many events among which are Gbajure Cultural Carnival; Ooni’s Football Challenge; inter-school debate; quiz competition.

Others are Ayo Olopon traditional game, Yoruba cultural entertainment night, music concert, Omodon (Sisi) Olojo Cultural pageant, and fashion show.‎ The festival will end on Monday with the grand finale Royal outing when the Ooni is expected to move round the town visiting some specific places especially his ancestral Giesi compound at Agbedegbe.

The festival was peaceful, as all and sundry were in celebration mood, praying for the progress and development of the Yoruba race and the country at large.

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14 Comments

  1. mo

    October 16, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    uneasy lies the head that wears the crown

  2. sista

    October 16, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    ..someone pls educate me, why is yuroba referred to as a race?

    • Ijebujesha

      October 16, 2016 at 4:45 pm

      A race is a group of people sharing the same culture, history, language, etc.; an ethnic group.You wouldn’t call Nigerians a race but you’d call Yoruba a race, the Igbos are a race etc..That’s why the joke is on dumb-skulls that say they are Nigerians before they are Yorubas or Igbos or whatever. That has to be the dumbest assertion I’ve ever heard.

    • Anon

      October 16, 2016 at 5:02 pm

      “That’s why the joke is on dumb-skulls that say they are Nigerians before they are Yorubas or Igbos or whatever. That has to be the dumbest assertion I’ve ever heard.”

      Really? Fair comment until you got to that bit I put in quotation marks. Do you realise they are two different things and most times intertwine?

      In the broader context when you ask someone where they are from, they say Nigeria. Works best outside of Nigeria. I am from Nigeria/I am a Nigerian. Then if you are familiar with the nation you then ask, what state/what part/what tribe?

      In the country, yes, I can go around saying I’m Igbo. Outside of it, it means nothing to most.

      For some people who say they are Nigerians first before their tribes, they are trying to show some nationalistic vibe. Isn’t that how OBJ describes himself? Zik did that too.

  3. xplorenollywood.com

    October 16, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Kaibeisi… 70kg spiritually that’s my weight, it must be very heavy ???… this is culture at its best, won’t mind a movie that marries all the tradition of the people of Ife would be a good one to watch.

    • Hilltop

      October 16, 2016 at 7:04 pm

      Please how do you calculate weight spiritually? ??

    • ATL's finest

      October 16, 2016 at 11:06 pm

      Lmao! Ok still don’t get it 🙂 Never have & never will.

    • Bella Gh

      October 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Hahahaha by spirimeter

  4. UNCLE GWE GWE GWE

    October 16, 2016 at 6:00 pm

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  5. Aremo Olalekan Elusakin.

    October 16, 2016 at 9:27 pm

    Kabiesi re o, Oonirisa! Waa segun ota, waa reyin odi. Waa de ade Aare yi pe pe pe ninu idera ati irorun. Kaabiesiiii o.

  6. JESU seun.

    October 16, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    What a blessed escape his first wife has had!

  7. Joke

    October 17, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Don’t go and worship your own head. Continue worshiping a fellow human being like you.

  8. Olaoluwa

    October 18, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    70kg crown?! It weighs more than me!….severe neck pain,i hope the tradition can cure that ?

  9. Oluwaseun

    November 29, 2016 at 8:40 am

    The crown looks light weight in the physical eyes but Spiritually it is not. Put it on without doing the Traditional rights and you will have yourself to blame.

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