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Ife Celebrates Araba Ile Ifin Festival

By Sodiq Lawal

The ancient city of Ile Ife was agog on Wednesday as Priests, traditional worshippers, tourists, Chiefs and the residents of the town storm Ifa Temple to felicitate with Olusese Araba Agbaye, Oba Adisa Aworeni, for the Araba Ile Ifin festival.

The Ile Ifin festival is a part of the Yoruba traditional religion .It is performed in continuation  of Ifa festival through spreading water which serve as blessings to the traditional worshippers.

The festival came to a landmark when an Ifa priest spread the water to individuals who came to the festival and they were all struggle for the water to touch their body.

Ifin festival is usually an annual celebration performed within the months of June after the celebration of the festival.

The festival is believed to help foster unity in the community and enhances economic prospect.

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In an exclusive interview with Ife City News,  the Olusese Agbaye Oba Adisa Aworeni  hailed the massive turning out for the celebration of the festival.

Olusese said the culture is a very huge export potential and must be encouraged by everyone.

He assured that worshipping Ifa with the Ifin festival would boost the economy of the community.

He commended the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi for his commitment in enhancing the culture and traditions of Yorubaland by  resusitating the ignored deities in Ile-Ife.

He called on residents, dignitaries, chiefs and traditional worshippers to support the tradition adding that there is need to strengthen the mission of Ooni Ogunwusi by awaken the Yoruba culture and traditions.

Meanwhile, the Ejiogbe Temple Ajimukin Yeye Omoloju Agbonmiregun  felicitated with Olusese Agbaye on the occasion of Ile Ifin festival, praying for him to see more on earth.

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An Ifa practitioner, Aworeni Awojoke implored Yoruba indigenes to pay serious attention to cultural heritage.