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Oduduwa festival opens new year in Ife calendar

It was pomp and pageantry as the celebrations in honour of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba, got into full swing with eminent dignitaries in attendance.

The Oduduwa festival is symbolic for re-enacting the covenant between the progenitor and the protege, between Oduduwa and the Arole.

The arena for the celebrations is the Oduduwa shrine where sacrifices are made in honour of the warrior who founded Ile-Ife many centuries before the birth of Christ.

While addressing the cheering crowd, Ooni Ogunwusi who is the natural head of the entire House of Oduduwa worldwide described the descendants of Oduduwa a section of which is called Yoruba as uniquely different people created by the Most High God.

“Take a close look at our people, their conducts and lifestyle anywhere in the world, you will agree with me that we are uniquely different. No matter where we find ourselves, we are pace setters and that is the value we must continue to uphold.

“What we need to add to our uniqueness is love, let us love ourselves and others in order to record more wins. I am confident that if we live in love and unity, we will soar above whatever challenges that Praising the Oonirisa for his exemplary commitment to the preservation of culture and tradition, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adam said the Arole Oodua & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, is the only monarch with the seal of Oduduwa, expressing that he holds the foremost African traditional ruler in a very high esteem as his father.

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“As the Arole Oduduwa, all descendants of Oduduwa must bow in respect for the highly respected throne because he is the father of all. I respect him so much because he is my father and I will continue to do so.” Gani Adam explained.

While acknowledging the Ooni for his relentless efforts towards uniting the descendants of Oduduwa, Aare Adam expressed his joy over what he described an improved level of unity in Yorubaland which he said was fully displayed in the formation of the South-West Security Network, also known as Operation Amotekun recently.

“Let me commend Kabiesi, the Oonirisa, the Alaafin of Oyo and other prominent Obas, leaders of socio cultural organizations, civil society groups and individuals for supporting the crusade for Operation Amotekun.

“The events that played out during the crusade for Operation Amotekun clearly indicated that the Oduduwa blood truly flows in our veins.”

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