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“We only honour nature because we are all integral parts of it and do not worship idols” – Ooni of Ife on the Importance of Festivals and Deities

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Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has cautioned people against misrepresenting the importance of festivals and deities celebrated in the ancient city of Ile-Ife and all parts of Africa.

Ooni stated this when he spoke at the 2016 celebration of Oranfe, the god of fire in Ile-Ife, Osun State, on Wednesday.

He expressed regrets that many people failed to promote the positive aspects of the Yoruba and African festivals due to slavish mentality and over-westernization.

The royal father said that no one was immune from worshipping the nature, adding that no human being could survive without what the deities represented.‎

“Our people really need to be enlightened, a lot of these festivals have been misconstrued, misrepresented and demonised as if we are idol worshippers. We are not idol worshippers. We are rather believers in nature. ‎

I am not saying the commandments of God should not be adhered to, but we must know that all these deities are messengers of God.

They represent nature. Nothing can be done without nature regardless of our religion be it Islam or Christianity or even traditional.

We only honour nature because we are all integral part of it and do not worship idols. Some of the deities we worship have roots in the holy books.

We are also following the instructions of God needed for the sustenance of mankind as everybody, including powerful leaders rely on nature to survive,” he said.

He, however faulted the westernisation on the cultural belief of Africans in all parts of the world, which he said, was a major factor responsible for the increasing poverty facing the immeasurably blessed continent.

“Those who keep sensitising people against us that we are worshipping idols are not kind to history. I am proud to be associated with nature. Ife has 201 out the 401 deities and they are all relevant.‎

These deities are divine messengers of God sent for different purposes. One of them is Oranfe, the god of fire being celebrated here today.

It is a pity that all powers in the possession of black men are being used for battles and power tussles. It is from these unique powers that the west sourced technology and development from, and they are now using it against us.

We will continue to experience poverty all over the place if we don’t celebrate the good side of our culture.

Some of these deities also show the mysteries of God. God wouldn’t have made mistake in the creation of the deities, they are representatives of sciences being taught in schools.

It is very sad that the western world has messed up our psyche and inflicted slavish mentality on us making us to believe we are idol worshippers as our pitiable neglect of our own culture and traditions.

This is a major factor responsible for the poverty in the land. We left the positive sides and allow the west to implant the negative side in our brain,” the monarch added.

The Ooni wrapped up his food-for-thought speech by warning politicians not to force themselves on the masses, advising that “our politicians should learn to leave once they are seen as naked fires”.

Oranfe the god of fire is one of Yoruba’s 401 deities sent by God to establish the first world’s community called Ife Oodaye, and as one of the historical festivals in Ile-Ife, Oranfe is celebrated annually.

6 Comments

  1. Caly

    October 28, 2016 at 12:23 am

    Smart man!

  2. Bimpe

    October 28, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Amen! I love this oba.

  3. toeloosh

    October 28, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Gotta love this Oba. Imperialism which has afflicted Africa for centuries in form of slavery, colonialism and now neocolonialism has wired us to be outward thinking. Plus History has been distorted to favour the powers that be and Islam and Christianity also make us see our God(s) in other continents. When our God’s headquarters is in another continent, maybe that is why he forgets Africa sometimes. But trust the charlatans among us, they won’t see or admit that.

    One positive thing though is the success of our movie and music industries in Africa and beyond, it is hightime we reclaim everything and carry our other Africans along both inside and in diaspora. Nigeria has been My recommendation is this, quoting Jidenna, let us be the leaders in unifying the Diaspora. We are in the spotlight more than ever. Let us use it wisely.

    Big ups to Bella naija, I love the metropolitan and classic approach you bring to blogging. I learn something new on your site everytime I have the chance of visiting. Life hacks, business, relationship…name it. I am tired of reading of Kardashians and how one celeb is flaunting or showing off his building, car or eggplant like our sister likes to report. There is so much resources that the powers that be has dedicated into dumbing Africans down, and for us to move forward, we have to think collectively and educate one another.

    Peace, love and light. God bless us all.

    One love.
    One Nigeria.
    One Africa.
    Peaceful World.

  4. toeloosh

    October 28, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Gotta love this Oba. Imperialism which has afflicted Africa for centuries in form of slavery, colonialism and now neocolonialism has wired us to be outward thinking. Plus History has been distorted to favour the powers that be and Islam and Christianity also make us see our God(s) in other continents. Since our God’s headquarters is in another continent, I guess he has a reason to forget Africa sometimes. But trust the charlatans among us, they won’t see or admit that.

    One positive thing though is the success of our movie and music industries in Africa and beyond, it is hightime we reclaimed everything and carry our other African brothers and sisters along both inside and in diaspora. My recommendation is this, quoting Jidenna, let us be the leaders in unifying the Diaspora. We are in the spotlight more than ever. Let us use it wisely.

    Big ups to Bella naija, I love the metropolitan and classic approach you bring to blogging. I learn something new on your site everytime I have the chance of visiting. Life hacks, business, relationship…name it. I am tired of reading of Kardashians and how one celeb is flaunting or showing off his building, car or eggplant like our sister likes to report. There is so much resources that the powers that be has dedicated into dumbing Africans down and dormant, and for us to move forward, we have to think collectively and educate one another.

    Peace, love and light. God bless us all.

    One love.
    One Nigeria.
    One Africa.
    Peaceful World.

  5. Nunulicious

    October 28, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    But what is wrong with our deities?

  6. e mi ni

    October 28, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    serious deception…. If it is truly Jesus you worship then he has not called you to ‘honour’ nature in this way…. he may think what he is doing is harmless but he is opening the gateway to spiritual powers he may not understand…. you cant serve two masters….

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