It’s Festival Time Again
It’s that time of the year again where we get to immerse ourselves in the cultural heritage of the Yoruba people.
The celebration of the Olojo Festival has started and Ile-Ife, said to be the cradle of human existence is filled with celebration.
The Olojo festival is very significant to the Yoruba race as the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II will wear the Aade Aare.
The Aare is an ornamentally embellished sacred and symbolic crown which the Ooni wears once in a year during the Olojo Festival’s cultural procession.
The sacredness and authority of this crown is traced to the first king that ruled the World, called NIMROD by the Hebrews but known as LAMURUDU by the Yorubas and ARAMPHAEL (Ora Ife Onile Ina) by the Arabs.
He is said to have ruled the whole world ruthlessly with the exhibition of the power of the Sun and FIre and without recourse and respect for OLODUMARE, the Almighty God.
Due to Nimrod’s confrontational attitude to the Almighty, God raised Oduduwa, the Deity of prayers (ti oba ina ja, o da ina, o ba oorun ja, o da orun), meaning he fought fire and conquered fire, fought sun and conquered sun.
Oduduwa is called Dua by the Arabs, Adura by the Yorubas and Adua by most ancient tribes of the world. He went on to fight, conquered, subdue and totally eliminated Aramphael who never wore the sacred Aare crown.
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