Mixed reactions has trailed a video of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, being covered by his palace chiefs as he steps out of his car.
According to the Ife tradition, the Ooni (King) mustn’t bow to anyone.
As such, when the Ooni comes out of his car, it’s like he’s bowing down, so they have to cover.
The tradition has been perceived as funny and strange to many as they questioned if the King isn’t bowing down to the chiefs who often cover him.
makas.bestie: This tradition strong oo
ola_00767: Even Jesus bowed down during his regime
irepbdg_: Those that circle him, are they not human being? Or they are exempted
therealjenniy: but he will bow down to those ones covering him
zinkanm: Show man
His Imperial Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the late Alaafin of Oyo, had been given a befitting celebration of life ceremony.
The Alaafin, the third from the Alowodu Ruling House, died in the late hours of Friday, April 22nd, at the Afe Babalola University Teaching Hospital, Ado Ekiti.
The ceremony caused a stir online when videos of the statue erected for the late monarch made rounds on the internet.
At first glance, many would think it was the Alaafin, but with a closer look, you could see that it was a statue erected for him.
According to a netizen, it is the tradition in Yorubaland that a replica of a king be made and placed in the palace for 3 weeks or more till the regent is picked and the statue is what is buried.
Some social media users took to the comment section to express their fears over the statue.
In 2020, The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, had gone into a seven days seclusion at Ile Mole, Iremo Quarters, Ile-Ife, as the ancient Olojo Festival kicks off.
For seven days, the Ooni of Ife was incommunicado and couldn’t grant an audience to anyone.
NAN reported that Ogunwusi left the palace in a white attire laced with colourful ancient beads.
The monarch disclosed that he would use the period to contact God for the total eradication of coronavirus and Nigeria’s peace.
“I am going into seclusion; I am going into fasting and prayer in the ways of our ancestors. We are gradually winning the war against coronavirus, and we must indeed be thankful because we are not superior to those countries being crippled by this pandemic.
“After the seven-day seclusion, there follows the climax of it, which is the procession of the sacred Aare crown with which we will pray for the entire nation and humanity”, the Ojaja II said.