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“Many religions started from here. It is the house of God” – Ooni of Ife Says of the ‘Osoosi’ Temple



The gates of the ancient city of Ile-Ife believed to be the source of mankind were thrown open Tuesday evening as people trooped in from all over the world to join the multitude people of the sacred town in celebrating Osoosi, believed to be the father of philanthropy and religious congregation for purity and sanity .

The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, during the festival proffered Yoruba traditional religion as a tool in solving the challenges of peace and love in Nigeria and Africa.

The festival was attended by dignitaries from different countries and continents in the world especially America and the Caribbean countries. He lamented that the neglect of tradition in the Africa continent contributed to Nigeria’s challenges.

For the challenge to be resolved, he said that people must develop positive attitudes towards the Yoruba and Africa traditions.‎

He said;

This is a landmark festival for us. Mankind started from the tropical Africa and it is the most populous. This is one of the historical landmarks to prove that everything started from the continent of Africa and Nigeria which is the most populous nation that belongs to the black race.

We are here at the Osoosi and Obatala temples to celebrate. Osoosi’s temple is where the gathering (religious) started from. Religion should be used to preach peace and unity. We must do what we preach and the foundation must be solid. The entire black race should see this as their culture and tradition. We have to propel it well.

We are not hiding anything. We are preaching peace, unity and peaceful co-existence which is the problem of many societies in Africa. Believing in the positivity of our ancestral religion will help to solve all these problems.

He narrated that most of the world’s religions have ancestral linkages, saying that religion must be a tool to defend the oppressed.

The Imperial Majesty explained that one of those things that made Osoosi’s temple unique was the succour that people get when they visit it.

He said;

The guardian that Osoosi used was called ‘Ka to ka ki ki ki, ka fi enu re so le‘ in which catholic and catholism came from. It is the congregation that led to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam; many other religions started from here. It is the house of God. What they do here is to take care of the less privileged people, the downtrodden, the oppressed, and people that are low in spirit and that has been happening up till date.

‎But when Westernisation came, all the cultures and traditions were bastardised. People were made to believe that they are not good things. What we do basically is nature driven and we want to showcase to the world that indeed everything started from here.

Osoosi came to this world thousands of years before Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) came. It is one of the early creations of God. We need to showcase our culture, nobody can do that for us. We need to let the whole world know.

He also likened the Osoosi’s feature of not bearing children to the Catholic pope’s restriction from marrying.

“Just as Osoosi destined not to giving birth to children, so also is the popes at the Roman catholic. There are many good things from the African religion and those in Rome can not dispute it,” he said.

On his part, the Obalesun Obatala Agbaye, Oba O.O. Daada, asked Nigerians to value their traditional and cultural heritage, describing the traditional religion as the most genuine and non-deceptive.

“Our culture is genuine, non-deceptive and it is the origin of every religion in the world.

The multitudes of the earth perpetually reach out to God (Olodumare) by congregating and supplicating, be it Christians, Jews, Hindus, Muslims African ancestral worshipers etc.

Osoosi, a skillful hunter and guardian of Obatala (the deity of purity and sanity), was a younger brother of Ogun (he God of Iron).

Osoosi had a slave called Ka to ka ki ki ki, ka fi enu re so le who painted Osoosi’s house white (efun) to depict God’s purity and entertained all and sundry with singing and praises to the Almighty Olodumare,” Oba Daada said.

Under Ka to ka ki ki ki, ka fi enu re so le, the house of Osoosi became rallying point of succor for the oppressed and the needy where daily fruits and food item were freely distributed. This was the origin of  Philanthropy and congregational worship of god on earth.” Oba O.O. Dada narrated .

He narrated further that before Osoosi transformed into a living stone, he had decreed that Ka to ka ki ki ki, ka fi enu re so le shall never marry nor have children, he prayed his house shall always host the multitudes as an everlasting abode of help and respite and that Osoosi name will forever be known throughout the world.

Oueen Diambi Kabatusuila of Kasai kingdom of the Democratic Republic of Congo, also at the festival lamented that people of African origin were not appreciating their culture.

She said, “I am here to rejoice with my brothers and sisters to show that all Africans are the same. It is important to support our ancestral culture, to revive it and to show that we have to teach our children to believe in their culture, because it is in the ancestral that we can find the solution to the problems Africa is having  today.”

Former MD of Daily Times and the Jaagun Oodua of Ile-Ife, Tola Adeniyi said this celebration of African religion is laudable, remarkable and capable of preserving our heritage as the source of mankind.

An archaeologist, Dr. Adisa Ogunfolakan, warned that Westernisation must not be allowed to erode the rich African culture saying that there are historical evidences that attested that Africa culture if practised would aid development.

Iyalode Yeyefini Ebunbolade from the United States said that she was proud to associate with African culture, saying her tribal marks were enough signal to state her origin even though she’s an American.

She added; “I am here to showcase the heritage and culture of the Afica. The origin of man is here. It is a honour of nature. Obatala is the diety that I hail from and I have also brought a group of princes”.

An American tourist Dr. Mike Lafason-Tim, while answering questions from pressmen said researches have started proving that the world actually started from the tropical Africa, saying that he and other black Africans are so proud of Ooni Ogunwusi’s cultural tourism.

“This is the origin of trans-congregational worship and humanitarian doctrine of world religions especially Christianity.

The word Catholic was traced to the greek “katholikos” which is likely derived from the Yoruba word “Ka to ka ki ki ki, ka fi enu re so le” as the Ooni has rightly told us and I believe him while the word “church” was coined from the Greek word “Oikos” which may have also originated from the Yoruba word “Osoosi,” Dr Lafason-Tim added.

Deputy Mayor of the city of Newark Ugo Nwaokoro corroborated Dr Lafason-Tim saying that the Americans are so much in love with Ooni Ogunwusi for uniting the Africans globally through his cultural tourism revolution which he has relentlessly executed in his just one year on the throne.

Osoosi being a deity of philanthropy and kindness, this year’s edition was climaxed with distribution of  gifts like  cash and food items by the Ooni who is the spiritual leader of the Yoruba race to about 1000 less privileged people who were mainly widows and the aged ones.


  1. Sugabelly

    January 19, 2017 at 5:40 am

    LMAO, how can this man say “Our culture is genuine and non-deceptive” when Yoruba men have made a career out of deceiving women?

    • Nahum

      January 19, 2017 at 7:20 am

      I want to chastise you but I will be lying if I did

    • Icrossmyheart

      January 19, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Sugabelly, I think many men, and women alike, have made careers out of deceiving each other. Eve in the bible deceived Adam, no?

      So going by Ooni’s claim, Eve may have been a Yoruba woman. Or she may have been inspired by Yoruba women. Since the individuals in this article are using ‘may’ ‘could’. Shows they themselves are not sure of what they are saying as long as they plant the idea in our minds that Osoosi MAY HAVE BIRTHED MODERN RELIGIONS. What do I know?

      ‘if you think education is expensive, try ignorance’

    • Icrossmyheart

      January 19, 2017 at 8:38 am

      But Eve was deceived by the snake, which many scholars equated to man. Snake often used metaphorically to represent the phallo of men. So men may have been deceiving themselves from time immemorial.

    • Ade

      January 19, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      And women have made a career deceiving men. Is it from makeup, hair extension, false eyelash, fake padded boobs/butt. Men don suffer.

  2. Nahum

    January 19, 2017 at 7:22 am

    Ooni of Ife, stop trying to prove the superiority of Ifa over others. Rather, focus on its uniqueness and how much it differs from the major religions. People want to understand the truth about these religions. Don’t water them down. Tell the truth about them and sell it’s beauty. People will come.

    • Anne

      January 19, 2017 at 4:26 pm

      Jesus is Lord.

  3. Susie

    January 19, 2017 at 7:23 am

    so Jesus is no longer his father? or?

  4. Icrossmyheart

    January 19, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Hmmmmm, how much did he pay these sycophants to collaborate his story? Coincidence does not a fact make.

    How can the temple of Osoosi be for the less privileged and yet he had a slave? Not a contradiction? Jesus Christ, Muhammed, did they have slaves? Rather they served for the greater good for their people. Or am I missing something?

    And if you read pvery well, many claim that Christianity stole if not copied everything about Hinduism and their many gods. And Hindu is much older than Christianity. Is the Ooni of Ife saying that Hindu, not a Christian religion, also from Osoosi? Hmmmmmm.

    This is why it is important for Nigerians to read so that, like colonization, we will not be oppressed and governed because of our ignorance.

    I understand thAt the Ooni is trying to promote Yoruba traditions and co, but stop glorifying it. Rather show how the culture is beautiful and unique and why it will do some good to follow it. Showing its superiority is likened to the white man telling us how great his Christianity is, which you have claimed is what is the root cause of our underdevelopment.

    Yoruba culture is rich and well practiced all over the world. But it was not the start of religion. How can it be? When the oldest human was found in the Southern part of Africa. Not in the West. Religion starts first with the belief. Belief begins usually when there is life. No life, no religion. Since Yoruba did not give birth to the oldest person found on the continent and not the oldest civilization (Egypt is) in Africa, how can it be the originator of Christianity?

    Any documentation to show the age of Osoosi? Thats how someone told me that he saw that people in Yorubaland, especially in Ekiti lived very long. He saw in the graves that people died at 103, 110, etc. Until I visited said graves and realized that the years the individuals were born and died did not correlate with the number of years they claimed they lived. We should be careful of mis-information.

    Please if anyone knows better, teach me. I am still learning.

    • Tosin

      January 19, 2017 at 6:33 pm

      Just for you I got from this page

      If you’re really interested, you could keep asking, keep asking, and have fun doing it.
      Also, study logic/argument a little more.

  5. Tee

    January 19, 2017 at 9:47 am

    An archaeologist, Dr. Adisa Ogunfolakan, warned that Westernisation must not be allowed to erode the rich African culture saying that there are historical evidences that attested that Africa culture if practised would aid development. At least the Ife people practice this religion and where is the development. Awon afoju!!! The blind leading the blind. Epele, while other country has researched their claim and have records to show, na oyinbo archaeologist dey help una and the little records are in their country museums. I see the development o!!! Even the work sef na story no concrete archaeological site to visit for proofs. Maybe una need to visit China, Israel and Egypt and see how it’s done. Spend money on research and findings, then you can convince Africans about your claims. Dr. Ugo, na wa o, even you. Hmmmm!!!

  6. Tee

    January 19, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Civilisation started here, no doubt. Oyinbo man no green una read and write, you blame the white man for everything. And Ethiopia and Egypt are still suffering from the curse of idol worship. Abi wetin dey those countries apart from past glory. White man don provide opportunity for everyone to read now and still no development in Africa, you read all their textbooks, and still use their technology after reading how to create one. You qoute their philosophers, scientist, archaeologist, chaiii and still go round to criticise them and play the ‘blame game’ for taking everything away from Africa. What have you done with your resources? Why do Africans prosper more outside Africa in terms of development? And yes, Dangote still need them and their technology to prosper and that goes for other African business men. Idol worship is indeed a curse. The white man denounced idol worship and human sacrifice and started using the Bible as foundation. They may not be practising as they used to hence all the challenges they’ve been exposed to over the decade but trust me,most of their enlightenment theory has its foundation in the Bible. China case can however be argued, though they stopped human sacrifice but didn’t necessarily practice the ‘Bible’ but copy people using that foundation, their growth and that of Korea can be attributed to the prophecy of the endtime. Oba Ogunwusi the time is ticking, the end is round the corner, we shall soon see. at least, our Bible talked about what the end will look like not Ifa, and it is glaring and with lots of evidences with recent happening around the world; from the Paris meeting, to the ‘peace talk’ of Pope to favour Palestine and Kerry changing mouth with Obama, to Israel and east Jerusalem and Palestine to North Korea and Putin threat. The signs are there and everything closing in faster than before. You still got time to worship the one and only God. REPENT!!!!!

    • TeenaMugu

      January 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Tee….Blah blah blah blah…..You are so brainwashed by your fake christian religion its not even funny….

  7. Chosen one

    January 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm

    Nahum, telling the truth about ifa would indirectly lead to trying to prove its superiority. As you can see from the responses a lot of people are ignorant of Yoruba history.

  8. Sul

    January 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Cant evn take dis seriously?

  9. Pandora's box

    January 20, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Nigerians are very quick to discredit our own history while accepting the doctrines that were forcefully fed us during colonization. Do we know why Asia is thriving better than us? Ita because they’re still in touch with their history. So what the ooni said is nonsense? Compare it to the story of the pregnant 14. Years old virgin who’s child had to die for the sin’s of the world to be forgiven. If you can belive that, why not our history? Which by the way is a proven fact unlike the first story.

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