By Sodiq Lawal
The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi on Saturday evening led multitude of tourists, priests within and outside Nigeria to the ancient shrine of the
deity in Moore, Ile – Ife to observe the annual celebration of Osara
Ooni who arrived the shrine in company of chiefs, priests amidst mammoth crowd was received by the deity’s Chief Priest, Oba Olosara of Ife, Chief IsolaOgunwusi.
Turns out extremely excited crowd were present to witness the festival.
Ooni Ogunwusi in his address described Osara as the Godess of Lagoon like Olokun the Goddess of Ocean sent by God alongside the other 400 spiritual deities.
The monarch said Osara was a loving wife of Oduduwa and a caring mother who always showed love not only to her children but also to all other children in the community.
He referred to Osara as the mother of the entire Yoruba lineage through Okanbi the son of Oduduwa.
Ooni added that Osara and Olokun were arch rival queens in the palace of Oduduwa which is why the two waters (Ocean and Lagoon) do not meet without turbulences.
Ooni after the necessary rituals at the inner part of the shrine believed to be the source of Lagoon came out with doves and a bowl of water to bless Ile- Ife and the entire Yoruba race.
As the monarch sprinkles the water, people were struggling for the water to drop on them as form of purification against diseases and prosperous living while the crowed followed Ooni from Moore to the palace.
Despite heavy downpour, hundreds of the worshiper not under shelter as the rains according to Ooni signifies blessing and abundant wealth
However, the chief priest urged the residents, visitors and the indigines who witnessed the festival to see it as a landmark success.
While praying in a tradition way, the chief priest admonished everyone to be a good ambassador of Yoruba.
The festivals also witnessed various cultural dances.