Dignitaries across the country and in diaspora converged on Ile-Ife, the cradle of Yoruba race, at the weekend, to join the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, at the grand finale of this year’s celebration of Olojo festival.
The event which climaxes with a week-long programme of activities to celebrate the festival was witnessed by top government functionaries at Federal, State and Local Government levels, traditional rulers across Yorubaland, politicians, scholars, top Nollywood actors, members the Odu’a Peoples’ Congress, (OPC), tourists across the globe and indigenes of Ile-Ife among others.
The Traditional Chief celebrant, Oba Sijuwade, wearing the sacred “Are crown” was received with thunderous ovation at 5.15 pm when he stepped out of seclusion to the waiting hands of thousands of people who had throng his palace to witness the event.
It would be recalled that the monarch had customarily gone on a five day seclusion during which he was not expected to interact with mortal being, see the sky or eat but seek the face of God on behalf of his subjects.
Oba Sijuwade rode in a black open car to Oke-Imogun where he performed the necessary rituals with people struggling ecstatically to catch a glimpse of him wearing the “Are crown” that is worn once in a year and offered prayers to God with the belief that whatever was asked was already granted.