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Olojo Festival: Celebration Of Deities In Ancient City Of Ile-Ife

Gbajure! Gbajure!! Gbajure!!!  Ebo re a fin, etutu re a da………………….

These were sacred enchantments that often prelude the commencement of Olojo festival, as women from Eredunmi’s Compound enter into Ile Oduduwa to herald the arrival of Olojo festival, which can be described as the pot pourri festival of all deities in the ancient city of Ile-Ife.

Gbajure enchantment is often followed by Ikale, a week-long of non-drumming of any kind of traditional drums, because, Ooni, Arole Oduduwa, the progenitor of Yoruba race has gone incommunicado with the four hundred and one deities, who resided in the ancient city of Ile-Ife.

According to Ife myth, Olojo festival started with the third Ooni of Ife, Ogun and it is done in honouring Olodumare, the “owner of the day” it is to thank the’ supreme being’ for his abundance over the entire Yoruba nation and also seek his blessing ,peace, fruitfulness and longevity of the people.

No one determines the date when the festival should hold in the month of October, but Ooni himself will hear the sound of unseen drums wherever he may be and that it is time for him to enter into seclusion, so as to communicate with the deities in fasting and prayers without receiving any visitor or attending to the immediate family members as well.

During his seclusion as the representative of the living and link between the gods and the people, he supplicates, atones, and presents the needs of the people to the gods. This act made him the priest to his people, as well as the mouthpiece of Olodumare to his people. The seclusion of Ooni can be likened to that being observed by Benin monarch in celebration of Ague festival, this only reflects the link between Benin and Ile-Ife, as Oranmiyan was the son of Ogun and also Oba of Benin

The Thursday presiding the first Oke-Mogun, is Ilagun day and it is always a vigil affair with the chief host, Osogun, the priest in charge of Ogun, the god of Iron, whom other deities in Yoruba mythology believe paved way for other deities to have their ways to the earth, with other traditional chiefs offering sacrifices at Oke-Mogun shrine.

Friday, which is the first Oke-Mogun day, as early as morning, people throng into Ooni’s palace with Arole Oduduwa, sitting on the throne of his ancestors dishing out prayers to whosoever that visits the palace. It is often time of merriment and celebration for the opportunity of being alive that the Supreme Being bestowed on individuals to be alive, and celebrate the commencement of another calendar year, especially for the people of the ancient city of Ile-Ife. It is time of renewal as kiths and kins renew their love for each other.

It is also time of sharing as families exchange gifts. Among others, it is time to visit relations and make resolutions on issues bordering on individuals and the family at large. It is also a time to settle quarrels, so that families could forge ahead. Before the advent of Christianity, even till early 70’s, no true son or daughter of Ile-Ife would not come home for the festival, because of the opportunity it avail individualsto re-unite with his kins in order to deliberate on the progress of individuals and the community at large.

It is time when young ladies were betrothed to their spouses, to many it is time to report the oppressor to the deities. It also serves as time to plead with gods in supplication for those that seek for the fruit of the womb, good jobs and fortunes, because most of the sacred grooves were opened for whoever that needs their intervention, as the priests of those deities were often at hand ready for the people.

In the afternoon,towards the going down of the sun, Ooni will enter into Ileegbo and come out with AdeAare, the beaded crown believe to be won  by Oduduwa, after which the princes from all the ruling houses known as Sooko will pay obeisance to Ooni. So, also the traditional chiefs in order of their seniority will as well pay obeisance to Ooni.

At Ilenla, the Lokoloko’s who are the palace aides, but cladded in half camwood and white –chalk with canes in their hands pave way for the movement of Ooni to Oke-Mogun, followed by gun shots. Immediately, Aare crown is being sighted, prayers are often said by the people for whatever they desire, while Ooni would lead the procession of traditional chiefs and the people to Oke-Mogun, passing through specific routes.

At the shrine, the Ooni would perform a ritual dance with Osogunand at the end, they would both perform a ritual of sword-crossing, apparently an oath of comradeship. Thereafter, the Osogunperforms with chalk and camwood the traditional marking of all chiefs present, as this would mark the renewal of the chiefs’ allegiance to constituted authority represented by Ooni   himself. Next, the   Ooni   and Osogun descended to another shrine called OgunEreja shrine for another round of rituals. From there, Ooni would lead the procession to Oja-Ife, where he would perform another ritual at Aje shrine and prayers are offerred for the economic and prosperity  of the people, before returning to the palace.

On the second day of the festival, the Ooni is kept busy with various entertainments by the Emese, king courtiers in the minor courtyards located within the expansive palace.
The next day, which happens to be the third day of the celebration and the second Oke-Mogun day, the repetition of the event of the first day would hold but Ooni do not wear Aare crown, in addition Ooni visit Oke-Itase to pay homage to Orunmila and his family quarter which signify the end of the festival.

The significance of Olojo festival cannot be over-emphasised, as it is the festival that unites the people together. It is also a celebration of the deities and celebration of the God of the Universe, the owner of the day, for preservation of the Yoruba race with abundance of blessing creator have bequeathed on them.
So, to the visitors, who were visiting the ancient city of Ile-Ife for Olojo festival, avail yourself the opportunity the festival offers all and sundry. Let us celebrate in peace, wishing all happy celebration.

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26 Comments for “Olojo Festival: Celebration Of Deities In Ancient City Of Ile-Ife”

  1. OMO JESU

    JESUS IS LORD , HE IS THE ALPHA AND OMEGA
    HE OWNS EVERYTHING BOTH ON EARTH AND IN
    HEAVEN.
    ALL THIS YEYE FESTIVAL LIKE OLOJO IS A COMPLETE
    RUBISH AND USELESS.
    EVERY KNEE SHALL BOW AND EVERY THUNG SHALL CONFESS
    THAT JESUS JESUS JESUS IS LORD AND NOTHING ELSE.

    • Oluyemi

      No controversy JESUS is Lord! He is the Olojo (the owner of the day) Himself no other deity owns the day!

    • Anonymous

      Typical of our overzealous religious moron. What do you know about Jesus except what’s in the bible. The book that is the history of Jews people,based on myths and custom.

    • RIDA ALAKA

      THIS SIMPLY SIGNIFIES THE CATASTROPHE THAT ALREADY BEFELL AFRICA OVER THE TIME. YORUBA PAYS HOMAGE TO THE SUPREME GOD EDUMARE EXPRESSED HERE AS OLOJO SAME KNOWN AS YAWEH OR JEHOVAH WHOM JESUS HIMSELF VENERATED. HERE COMES A BLOCKHEAD CASTIGATING HIS HERITAGE. i FOR ONE KNOW AND UNDERSTAND JESUS MORE THAN YOU DO BECAUSE I LIKE HIS MASS- ORIENTED PRINCIPLES. HE’S A LOVER OF THE VULNERABLE AND THE PEASANTS UNLIKE YOUR PASTORS WHO ARE NO DIFFERENT FROM THE FARISEES RIDING IN JETS WHILE YOU WALLOW IN POVERTY IDIOTS!
      LONG LIVE YORUBA HERITAGE ! AT LEAST THE WHOLE WORLD KNOWS THE YORUBAS NOT AN IGNORANT LIKE YOU DEFILING ITS AGELESS GLAMOR.

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  3. Adubiaran Ajani ( Imoru Iwo)

    It is unfortunate that someone calls himself ” omo jesu ” when Jesu according to the Bible was never married, in which case omo jesu does not know who his father was and so he must be a BASTARD.

    Unfortunately for omo jesu he must have been an illiterate because ahead of Christianity other religions existed and are more humanly popuplated than his professed religion. This omo jesu is just one of those fundamentalists who are creating problem for the world and made the killings on both sides of religious divide to continue unabated.

    Unfortunately for him again he wants to tell the Buddhists, Shintoniites, Hindus,Moslems even the Jews who still live in Jerusalem where Original Jesus was born and who are not Christians and the combined total of these people are greater in number than his Christians population that they will not enter the Kingdom of God.

    The fool that he is will be surprised to see on the day of judgement that his profession of his Christian faith may not save him from being cast into perdition. If that faith alone will do then robbers, fornicators, assassins, liers, persecutors, the robbers in political gowns impoverishing Nigerians will sail through to paradise once they believe in the omo jesu’s belief that at the mention of the name of Jesus every knee shall bow.

    A very dark and dirty brain like omo jesu is one of the irascible folks creating disharmony in our community and a day in his life will come when the reality will dawn on him that every knee bowing at the mentioning of Jesus name or bowing at the shrine during Olojo’s celebration will be physical lying down but lacking in the ability to bow.

  4. Amaka Olu Adamu

    Olojo festival was first observed by Ogun, the third Olofin Ooni Adimula of Yoruba Civilization, to honor the Almighty God, Olodumare. Either you are follower of Christ, Prophet Mohammed or Traditional believers or other religion for that matter, Olojo festival is for all of us. All Yoruba speaking people worldwide come to the Cradle and celebrate Olojo with Black people High King, The Oonirisa Olofin Adimula Oluaye. Happy Olojo and many happy returns.

  5. Thou, I am a christian, and I cannot be judge anybody, is only God can judge and nobody have visited heaven come to earrh and told us how it’s look likes, my adice for Omo Jesu and Adubiaran and others to stop criticized or be determined the faith of others, only God can decide.
    Hence my advice for moslem and christian that they should stop criticizing themselves because they are the one causing religion commotion everywhere on earth. We cannot fight for God. But believe in what you know, consequently I greet Oluaye onirisa ebiti ki omo eni piri mole and all my peoples at the source and every cities of yorubas along with all yorubas race that happy celebrations and many happy returns.

  6. Bola Adepoju

    Ile O’dua agbe wa nitile toko Ase

  7. Bola Adepoju

    Ile O’dua agbe wa o nile, loko Ase! Olojo agbewao ase! Whether people like it or not this is the source of our ancestral spirit, it brought us peace and harmony that was before we get lost as people and now looking for something that was never in the first place

  8. A ku odun olojo in o, ife ni daru o, mo ki baba wa Oonirisa, o sunmo le, sunmo le ni, jigbin ni bi a te akun, wa reyin ota, a ni fi yée se asemo, kade pe lori, ki bata pe lese, iru kere a dokin ni, a ni fi yée se asemo o ase. iiife oye olori aye gbogbo. _ THE ADESIYANS OF WUNMONIJES COMPOUND ILE IFE.

  9. Prince Gbemiga Olubuse Omisore

    We the entire children of Her Royal Highness, Princess Maria Adetipe Saatu Olubuse of the Ogboru Royal Ruling Dynasty greet our father and King, His Divine Imperial Majesty, Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuwade Olubuse II, The Oonirisa Olofin Adimula Oluaye, a happy celebration of Olojo Festival year 2011. Ki Ade pe l’ori Olofin, ki Bata pe l’ese Oodua, Ki ase pe l’enu Oluaye, Igba Odun, Odun kan, ni ase Olodumare.
    For and on behalf of the family, Prince Gbemiga Olubuse Omisore

    • Olofa mo jo

      Prince, are thr Omisore’s related to the Sijuwade’s?

      I know there was one Olori married into their family who died a a great old age last year.

      Who is this Princess Maria Adetipr Saatu of the Ogboru ruling house? I thought the Omisore’s were from the Lafogido ruling house.

      Sorry for all these questions.

      • Prince Olubuse Omisore

        Yes, we all related, Princess Adetipe Saatu Olubuse was the daughter of Kabiyesi Ooni Adelekan Olubuse I, she has many children and one of them was the great, Pa Johnson Omisakin Omisore aka Baba Johnsonsakin. My father was a grandson of His Divine Imperial Majesty, Alayeluwa Oba Adelekan Olubuse I. It is also true that Omisore as a Family is from the Lafogido Ruling Dynasty.
        Thank you for your questions, God bless.

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  11. Bunmi adeyeba

    I greet his royal majesty oba okunade sijuade,jigbini bi ate akun,o sun mole sun moseni,ku odun ku iyedu aseyi sa modun,i size this oppotunity let OMO JESU,kw that is not the only one that is christian,you are not to be jurge any boby,only God no the best in this life,i know God will never make a mistake,he know that wil are African,he know what he gave us,olojo is part of it that God gave us,he’ll (God) never make a mistake.

  12. omo idu oladere(ARILEWOLA )

    A ku odun olojo,a seyi samodun amin oooo

  13. Prince Waleade Aderemi

    Children of ‘princesses’ had rights to the throne of the Ooni and would be wrong to label themselves prince and princess. Happy Olojo day. Representing the Osinkola(Akui) ruling house – Adewuyi, Aderemi and Adeyemo.

  14. Prince Waleade Aderemi

    Children of ‘princesses’ whose father are not direct ife Royals have NO rights to the throne of the Ooni and would be wrong to label themselves prince and princess. e.g the offspring of an Igbo or Abeokuta or non-ife royal married to an ife princess cannot be called a prince or princess. Happy Olojo day. Representing the male offspring of Osinkola(Akui) ruling house – The Adewuyi, Aderemi and Adeyemo.

    • AGBA IFE

      WALE ADEREMI ARE YOU AWARE THAT LUWO ,A LADY WAS OONI IN ILE IFE BEFORE ADEREMI OF THE “OKO ADERAWO MESS”. CONVERSION OF IFE PROPERTY FOR PERSONAL USE. ANYWAY MOST OF YOU GUYS JUST LIVE ON OLD GLORIES NEVER SCHOOLED LIKE ADEDAPO OF BLESSED MEMORY. ENOUGH SAID TO MR. MALE OFFSPRING WITH NO MALE BRAIN.

  15. Anonymous

    I luv u ile ife

    • Anonymous

      FROM: PRINCE OLUWASOLA OLOYEDE
      “IBA! AROLE OODUA, IBA!! ALAYELUWA OBAOKUNADE SIJUADE OLUBUSE, EKUN TAGIIRI GRERA’E NIJA, KUUKUKAN O-GBA GUNNUGUN, IGUN NI BABA EIYE KEYE. ODUNDUN S’ODE D’ERO
      OBA ATAYE RO BI AGOGO, OTITI NLA TII MILE BI OJO.

      OBA NLA TII GBADOBALE OBA
      OKAN SOSO AJANAKU TII MIGBO KIJI – KIJI
      OGBAMUGBAMU OJU ORAN KOSEE GBAMU
      ENI MI KUKUTE ARA RE LOMI”
      ADIMULA, IKU BABA YEYE, OONIRISA TI GBOGBO AYE NWARI FUN – UN
      KAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAABIYESI OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

  16. dedeji Adeyemo Sooko of Oshikola royal family Ile Ife

    it is important for pple to note the fact that Olojo festival is not in any way un-sacred but later turned fetish as a result of covetousness of greedy priests that demand extra ordinarily for prey beyond what divinity demand, hence, exhibition of fetish and actions that are not necessary during Olojo festival. What am saying in essence is that Olojo festival can be related with Thanksgiving and sacrifice over to God lead by Gods mouth piece and holy people leaders as Ooni is not just a king but god and spiritual head of holy city Ile Ife, and anointed great people Yorubas,. reminiscent of which can be find in I samuel 11:14-15, similarly Genesis 10:12, Exodus 20:24-25, Judges 13:19, I samuel 6:1-15, and some other chapters and verses in the Bible that support congregational or community Thanksgiving. Careful watch of Olojo festival will reveal that it comes up in harvest period yearly, this connote the fact that it is a festival ear marked to thank God yearly as sensitized by the highly blessed and successful Ooni Lakaaye (ogun). other comments reserved for the future.

  17. Anonymous

    MO KI KABIYESI OONIRISA OBA OKUNADE SIJUADE OLUBUSE KEJI FUN TI ODUN OLOJO EYI TI A SE KOJA ASEYI SAMODUN ILE IFE KO NI BAJE NI ASIKO YIN.AASE. PRINCE ADEGBOYEGA MUHEEB HASSAN GIESI DEBOYE ROYAL FAMILY IN ILODE AREA ILE IFE ODUA AGBE WA O.

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