The Ooni of Ife,Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has on Sunday began seven days seclusion to commenced the 2017 Olojo festival in Ile-Ife,Osun.
The seclusion of 7 days which began on Sunday to terminate on Saturday when the Arole Oduduwa is expected to appear to the public with sacred Aare crown,only worn once a year by Ooni.
Before beginning the seclusion,Ooni had visited ‘Ile mole’ a shrine in Moore for prayers and later moved to the seclusion where he would remain incommunicado till Friday evening.
Unveiling a betting company as the media sponsor of this year’s Olojo Festival,Ooni called on the media to assist in creating positive awareness about Yoruba traditional festivals.
Highlighting what he will be doing during the seclusion, Ooni told the newsmen in his palace that he shall together with the deities offer prayers for the entire country and its leadership as he would not be receiving visitors nor be seen outside to avoid unnecessary abuse of the sacredness of the period.
“Our ancestors will be appeased during the period and by the time I come out on Saturday for the grand finale, the seclusion rites would have been be concluded.
“It is a celebration of creation of the universe and many visitors from within the country and the diaspora will come around to celebrate with us. My duty is specifically to offer prayers and that I will do to the best of my ability.” Ooni said.
On the significance of the festival, the Spiritual Leader of the Yoruba race worldwide said Olojo is the celebration of first dusk and dawn and creation of the universe, with an assurance to work towards promoting further all notable cultural festivals in Yorubaland.
This year’s edition is expected to witness an unprecedented participation of foreigners the members of the black caucus of Pennsylvania House of Representatives and about 150 other black Americans have already indicated interest to participate in the Festival.
By Saheed Adeyemi,Osogbo