By Sodiq Lawal
The beautification of Oranmiyan shrine in Ile –Ife by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has increased patronage of the tourists during festival period and in normal days.
Mr Lawrence Omidiora, who acts as a tourist guide for the shrine told Ife Ife City News during an exclusive interview at the at the Oranmiyan Shrine in Arubidi quarter of Ile-Ife.
He said the shrine has been enjoying more cultural awareness as countless numbers of tourists do visit it every day.
He added that, since the renovation and unveiling of the shrine by the Ooni of Ife, patronage at the shrine has been impressive.
“We are involved in celebrating Oranmiyan over time because we have absolute belief that it worth being celebrated , we have verifiable fact and a staff and shrine that actually serve as an evidence that he existed and everything been said about him can be proven as indicated by the Opa Oranmiyan at the Oranmiyan shrine here and that is really why we want to project it to the entire world far beyond the way it is being done before we are out to raise the consciousness of the entire world to the fact that Oranmiyan is one of the world legend who originated from Ile -Ife in Nigeria Africa and do exploits during his life time”.
“We have been celebrating Oranmiyan on our own way in Ile Ife for ages. The festival of Oranmiyan is being done yearly to announce the commencement of Olojo festival when the Ooni of Ife wears Aare crown which was first wore by Oduduwa. Three possible dates for Olojo festival can only be presented to the Ooni during the celebration of Oranmiyan festivals”
“We decided that Oranmiyan festival should come to the fore once when we notice the basterdization and demystification been wrapped around the place of glory and the historical significance of this great deity to Ile –Ife.”
He commended Ooni for promoting Yoruba culture and traditions saying “ I am happy to say that policies of our Ooni have assisted in maintaining the cultural identity and strengthening emotional, cultural, and spiritual bonds of Ile –Ife as the source of Yoruba race.