Niyi Akande, Osogbo.
Dr Akin Ogunbiyi on Saturday paid homage to Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II in commemoration of the 2019 Ọlọjọ festival held at Ile-Ife, Osun State.
He expressed delight and lauded the Ooni for promoting Yoruba culture, both within and outside Nigeria, and for being a worthy rallying point for Oduduwa descendants.
He implored Nigerians, especially Osun indigenes to follow Ooni’s lead and hold their culture in high esteem. He felicitated with Oba Adeyeye, people of Ife and the entire Yoruba race on the success of the historical event.
The festival was celebrated with pomp and pageantry as Oba Adeyeye in Aree crown dazzled and prayed for his subjects and tourists who thronged the ancient town to witness the festival.
Ọlọjọ ̣is a communal festival attached to the worship of Ogun in Ile – Ife.The festival is meant to commemorate Ogun, the god of iron, and Oranmíyan, who was said to be the son of Ògún and Oduduwa.
Ọlọjọ festival is celebrated annually. Literally, it connotes the “Owner of the Day”. Its significance is the unification of the Yoruba race.