CELEBRATING OLOJO DAY
The whole town is agog with celebrations that morning, many merchants were on the streets announcing their presence in the town in support of the Olojo festival. Getting closer to the palace, roads are condone off with police cars and different security outfits controlling the traffic. Erected in the square opposite the palace where the statue of Oduduwa is stands a large stage with music equipment and the live streaming gadgets are been set up. The stage is the entertainment arena for the festival.
Another stage with steps is set up with stairs and chairs not too far off from the main gate of the palace. This is where the Ooni will seat with his guests while the different displays and parades of the different deities pay obeisance and display their performance to him.
Going into the palace ground, there is a tent for medical checkup for the elderly by the left hand side and different groups are streaming into the palace to greet the Ooni before he steps out with dance and drums.
At about 12noon, the Ooni step out of his residence followed by his Emese's, the palace aides and other dignitaries. He goes into a small building not too far off from his residence for about 10 minutes and from there onto the stage that is set up not too far from the palace gate. After settling down, the main parade starts with the recitation of adulation to the Ooni and explanation of the heritage and why Olojo day is celebrated by the compere.
This is followed by the parade of people representing the main group of the 401 deities found in Ile Ife. Some represented deities are Obatala, Moremi, Esu, Obaluaye, Orunmila, etc. There was fire display by Sango worshippers while two sects chants 'rain, rain' and the other group chanting 'sun, sun', suddenly the cloud changed like it wanted to rain, there was a little shower but it was predominantly sunny throughout the day.
This went on for about two and a half hour before the Ooni went back to his residence before going into Ileegbo where the last rites of passage is perfomrd before he wears the Aare crown. He is expected to exit the palace towards sunset.