Ooni Ogunwusi Named Son After Ooni Aderemi,  To Unveil Crown Prince in 21 Days 

By Shola Akingboye – 26th November , 2020

Known for his words, the Arole Oduduwa, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ojaja II, on  Wednesday 25th, 2020 has lived by promise he made to name his newly born prince after his predecessor, Sir Tadenikawo Adesoji? Aderemi, the 49th Ooni of Ife, 3rd dynasty and First African Governor of the old Western Region in Nigeria, who  reigned from 1930 to 1980.

It would be recalled that the news of the birth of the prince has dominated the new media, even before the child was born, a sign many believes another Enitan (child of destiny) is born into the Ile-Oodua through Prince Aderopo Ogunwusi’s family, until such speculations were laid to rest .among admirers of the innovative Alayeluwa, the Adimula of Yoruba race, Oba Babatunde  Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, Ojaja 11.

Meaznwhile, according to the spokesperson of the Ooni Adimula, Igbakeorisa, Oba Enitan Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Comrade Moses Olafare, he noted that the day which climaxed the first eight-day of the three weeks cultural rites traditionally has been observed at the Ile Oodua Palace of the Ooni of Ife for the naming ceremony of the new-born prince.

Olafare noted that princes and princess started the traditional movement of the Ooni from his private residence, in the palace to the sacred Yeyemoolu well to offer prayers and traditional rites before moving through various palace chambers; from Ile Ogun to Ile Odikeji and Ile Omirin, finally to Ile-Igbo to mount the oldest stool of Oduduwa at Ile Igbo Where a reigning Ooni occasionally sits whenever there is a very important events.

At Ile Igbo, spiritual obeisance by the Isoros and other traditional rites were offered to formally welcome the royal baby to the Ife Royal Court and announce his names to the general public.

Custodians of various deities known as ‘Oba Isoro’,  Obas and Ife High-Chiefs offered prayers in the traditional way with items like sugarcane, Aadun, honey, dried fishes, money, pen, bitter colas, cola nuts, alligator peppers, snails schnapps, water, palm oil, doves and other Yoruba core prayer items.

After the prayers and sacrifices, the Ooni consulted Ifa oracle through the Araba Agbaye, head of Ifa priests worldwide, before making the baby’s names public.

Names of the prince handed by Araba Agbaye to High-Chief Lowa of Ife, Chief Adekola Adeyeye who officially pronounced them to the anxious crowd are: Tadenikawo, Adesoji, Aderemi, Eri-Ifeoluwasimi, Adeiwa, Inioluwa, Ademide, Adegbite, Diekoloreoluwa, son of Ogunwusi.

The statement further revealed that the birth of the prince on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 was greeted by three phases of 21day traditional rites according to the dictates of  Yoruba cutoms before it was rounded off today within the premises of Ile Oodua Palace of the Ooni.

The Lowa Adimula of Ife who presented the baby’s names to the public said the traditional rites which started a week ago will be concluded after 21 days from birth, saying It has become important for people to understand the culture and traditions of naming princes following the legacy established by Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, the progenitor of Yoruba race.

 

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