A viral video featuring the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, donning the sacred Aare crown during the Olojo festival has sparked a wide range of reactions on the internet.
Amid the release of videos capturing the Olojo festival’s essence, reports have emerged, shedding light on the Ooni of Ife’s remarkable devotion. He reportedly observed a rigorous seven-day fast, abstaining from food during this period. Additionally, the Aare crown he wore during the festival weighed an impressive 50 kilograms.
The Olojo Festival, deeply rooted in tradition, is an ancient annual celebration held in Ife, Osun State, Nigeria. It stands as a significant event in Yoruba culture, serving as a tribute to “Ogun,” the deity of Iron, believed to be the first son of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba people.
The Yoruba term ‘Olojo’ translates to ‘The Day Of The First Dawn,’ symbolizing humanity’s gratitude towards God’s creation and the existence of humankind. Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has described it as a festival that celebrates the global Black community.
In the video, it was evident that the Ooni of Ife appeared fatigued as he grappled with the weight of the sacred Aare crown during the Olojo festival in the ancient town of Ife.
An Instagram user, identified as randyradiolover, offered insights into the significance of the sacred Aare crown, stating, “The sacred Aare crown is the sole physical emblem of authority inherited by the Ooni from his ancestors. It is believed to have been crafted from various items, including a cutlass, a hoe, and 149 other undisclosed objects. It is thought to carry immense power, and only the chosen one should and must wear it. Historical accounts suggest that when worn by the king, it renews his powers and bestows upon him a renewed strength to govern the people with integrity.”
Witness the video below:
Here are some reactions from social media:
moriamariam: “The crown weighs approximately 50kg, that’s incredibly heavy 📌 TRADITION ❤️.”
sahfresh__: “You can only wear that crown if you’re legitimately installed as the Ooni of Ife.”
official_speaker101: “Despite all the spiritual significance of the crown, there’s still a police guard 💂♀️. Who are we to believe? Pastors use convoys of soldiers to protect them, Ifa priests and native doctors are not safe either. We need more explanation about LIFE AND RELIGION.”
dattechguy: “I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s just acting because I don’t see how that crown could be that heavy. In fact, calling it sacred seems like a scam 😂.”
tonypally1982: “Yoruba culture is incredibly rich! Their open-mindedness allows even those who practice Western or Arabic religions to embrace it. At least, their culture doesn’t frequently accuse widows of causing their husband’s deaths.”
simplerajjjj71: “Some of you are making jokes, but the original crown is said to be overseas, and some say the British want to take it. Don’t play around with this crown; it’s not an ordinary one. Try to wear it, and you’ll see what happens immediately.”