Why Alayemore Described Ooni Of Ife As ‘Oduduwa Re-incarnate’

ooni-of-ife-adeyeye-ogunwusiThe Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), has been described as the Oduduwa re-incarnate by the the Alayemore of Ido-Osun, Oba Adedapo Aderemi.

Oba Aderemi praised the Ooni for celebrating Obalufon Ogbogbodirin the father of his own ancestor Obalufon Alayemore.

He made the observation on Thursday at the unveiling ceremony of Obalufon Ogbogbodirin Statue and grand-finale celebration of Obalufon Festival, 2016,  at the Ile-Oodua palace in Ile-Ife.

Oba Aderemi, who is also the secretary of South-West council Obas told the gathering that Obalufon Ogbogbodirin as a hero gave birth to another hero Obalufon Alayemore who had founded several of today’s Yoruba towns including Ido-Osun.

“Yes they are both heroes worthy of this celebration. My progenitor, Ooni Obalufon Alayemore, succeeded his father Ooni Obalufon Ogbogbodirin, he founded my kingdom Ido-Osun, having been driven out by Oranmiyan who had just returned from his sojourns where had earlier gone to establish many Kingdoms, he forcefully succeeded him as Ooni.

“Apart from Ido-Osun, my father, Alayemore, also founded other towns like Ifon Osun, Ilara, Erin Efon-Alaaye and other towns in Ekiti before he came back here (Ile-Ife) to succeed Oranmiyan making him the only Ooni who was crowned twice,” Oba Alayemore said.

Indications Of Oduduwa Re-incarnation

He commended Ooni Ogunwusi for preaching peaceful co-existence among the Yoruba traditional rulers, acknowledging him to have visited Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi twice within a year of his reign not minding his status as the father of all Oduduwa children all over the world.obalufon-statue-in-osun-state

Oba Aderemi stated further that within a year, Ooni Ogunwusi had transformed Ile-Ife beyond any imagination, adding that the Ooni’s giant strides in infrastructural development, agricultural revolution, cultural tourism, empowerment for the youths, the aged and widows among others were enough indications of Oduduwa re-incarnation and will remain appreciated by the entire Yoruba race.

“This is unprecedented. I am not surprised that Ooni is reforming these deities’ statues because the previous Oonis from Oduduwa were also known for unprecedented giant strides, let me remind you all here that his great-grandfather, the Ojaja I, was responsible for the first documentation of the history of kingship system in Yoruba around 1883.

“I must also commend the humility of his leadership. Despite the fact he is the spiritual leader of Yoruba race, he has been travelling to meet other Yoruba monarchs in their various palaces without claiming any supremacy” he stated.

The traditional ruler lauded Ooni Ogunwusi for his development and unity of Yorubaland and human race, to the extent of taking his peace and unity campaign to foreign countries such as UK, Ghana, Australia, USA, Germany, Canada and the Caribbeans for impactful partnership.

He averred that ‘Ooni Ogunwusi is Oduduwa’ and has come to complete the unfinished work of his ancestors as the current father of all Yoruba traditional rulers, maintaining that the new Ooni was selected by trinity so as to civilise his community and to bring into remembrance the past glory of Yoruba land.

According to him, no fewer than 401 deities existed globally, but Ife took 201 in which Ooni is the only existing living deity among them all for which he deserves to be duly honoured and respected.

Also, the Obalara of Ifeland, Oba Olugbenga Fadoyin, commended Ooni Ogunwusi for celebrating the past powerful ancestors that showcase the existence of humanity.

Fadoyin said that Obalufon was a great hero who used all his life for the safety of Yorubas adding that the work of art started from the cradle of Yorubas in his time as Ooni of Ife.

Detailed Historical Account

On his part, the Obalufe of Iremo-Ife, Oba Idowu Adediwura, applauded Oba Ogunwusi for promoting Yoruba culture and uplifting work of his forefathers.

Adediwura urged indigenes of Ife and Yorubaland to support the African foremost monarch so as to take Ife and Oodua race to its promise land.

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A group of traditional leaders at the unveiling of the Obalufon Ogbogbodirin statue

In his remarks, the Ooni thanked the traditional rulers and other guests who witnessed the occasion, stating that Obalufon played a pivotal role across the world which calls for his celebration at all time.

He gave a detailed historical account, saying Obalufon Ogbogbodinrin was created in his special way by God and lived a very special life particularly in the area of arts and fabrics.

“Ile Ife has been a city state with unprecedented socio-economic significance and a sophisticated kingship system (Oduduwa Monarchy model) thousands of years before Christ. Obalufon alayemore was the fifth Ooni of Ife and the son of Ooni Obalufon Ogbogbodirin the fourth Ooni, they were from the lineage of Osangangan Obamakin the Second Ooni of Ife.

“Obalufon Ogbogbodirin reigned for centuries and was transfigured into a metal figurine as he ages, thus becoming a deity and holds the spiritual classified codes for Ooni’s long reign.

“His son, Obalufon Alayemore’s reign was marked with the first ever renaissance recorded in human history (pre-dating the Carolingian renaissance of 8th -9th century) evident in the artifacts and ancient technological exploits that was credited to his historic tenure.

“He was the grand patron of arts, science and technology with kin value for intellectual excellence and artistic intricacies, urbanization, economic revolution, standardization of career paths, conflict resolution, wages and salary system”.

“Obalufon Alayemore was also deemed to have established many other towns and cities like Ido Osun, Efon Alaye, Erin and many more.

“Obalufon Alayemore created new city plan for Ile-Ife with construction of several temples and building of city walls which economically enhanced cosmopolitan state of Ife. Bronze casting and all forms of alloys and metals crafts, glass beads and other jewels got to its peak of refinement during his reign further making Ife a commercial hub.

“Obalufon Alayemore was transformed into a stone effigy when his reign was ended by conspiracy associated with traditional and political complexes.

“Obalufon shrine till date plays an important role in the Installation of the Ooni, as Aare crown must be blessed in his shrine before it could adore the head of the new Ooni”. Ooni Ogunwusi stated,” Oba Ogunwusi told the gathering.

The Ooni had earlier described the unveiling of Obalufon statue as another remarkable day in the history of Ife, Yoruba and the entire black race, saying that all the ancestors needed to be celebrated, having gone through their history when they were alive.

He charged the Yorubas to always promote their culture and heritage which he said were the next solution to economically move Nigeria forward.

Buhari, Alafin Of Oyo Discuss Militancy In Niger Delta, Insurgency

Alafin of Oyo and Muhammadu Buhari on Niger Delta Avenger militancy and Insurgency in north east President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday held talks with the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, behind closed-doors at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city.

Addressing reporters after the meeting, the Alafin said they deliberated on problems facing Nigeria, including the militancy in the Niger Delta and insurgency in the northeast.

According to him, President Buhari has requested that traditional rulers in Nigeria should convey their advice on problems in the nation in writing.

The Alafin said one major diplomatic point the president scored recently was the visit of the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry.

“America does not usually send top officers for such visits if they have not used certain parameters to gauge the country’s performance,” he stated.

President Buhari had told Mr Kerry at a meeting that his administration would institutionalise the anti-corruption war to ensure it would last beyond his current tenure in office.

On the outcome of the Thursday meeting, Oba Adeyemi decried what he called huge resources that were lost to the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers and commended the Federal Government for stopping them from the invasion of the south-west, especially Lagos State.

He expressed joy that the Federal Government responded immediately to wipe out the threat.

The Alafin further told reporters that normalcy had since returned to Ikorodu and Arepo areas of Lagos State and Ogun State where militants’ criminal activities were beginning to surge.

Nigeria’s crude oil output had dropped by 700,000 barrels per day to 1.56 million bpd, as a result of attacks on oil installations largely carried out by the Niger Delta Avengers.

The group has, however, agreed to stop attacks on the facilities, while it will hold negotiations with the Federal Government.

ASUU’s Postures Are Unintellectual – UNILAG Lecturer

A Senior Lecturer, Department of English, University of Lagos, Dr. Adeyemi Daramola, has discredited claims in the media that lecturers in the institution have resumed work against directives of the ASUU.

While appearing on the breakfast show, ‘Sunrise Daily’, he said “May I correct that impression, and I will be glad if Channels Television would take it today that we really don’t have a faction at the University of Lagos, what we have is a group of young intellectuals; young in the sense that (they believe) we (ASUU) are not pragmatic enough, (and) who have alternative positions about all the matters that concern ASUU.”

Daramola, who also confirmed being one of the leaders of the said group with alternative views, stated that since the commencement of the strike on July 1, there was no meeting of ASUU held in the school that he did not attend. “I have said it crystal clear that please publicize our position, we’re not fighting for ourselves, we are fighting for the nation. So there was this lack of communication between members of ASUU, University of Lagos branch and the national executive.

“You won’t believe it that it is because some of us (the group) planned to hold a meeting on Monday, 2 weeks ago that ASUU UNILAG branch woke up and started calling meetings almost every day. The alternative point of view is that “ASUU is not communicating; ASUU has assumed – and they don’t like to hear this, what I call an oracular position.”

“The ASUU problem is a kind of product from a linguistic perspective that I belong, and there’s what you call a process; the two have to go together.”

“I am not a government spokesperson….We actually need to revitalize the university system but ASUU is not going about it properly. Look at it, ASUU are intellectuals but to me their postures are unintellectual in many ways.

He cited the request made to ASUU by the government and Nigerians that ASUU should think and provide an alternative to strike as an example, berating ASUU as intellectuals for having not called series of meetings to address that challenge.

“You won’t believe it; I’ve got two ideas about a university system whereby there will be no strike.”

Sharing his ideas, he suggested the setting up of a pressure group made up of eminent Nigerians like the Sultan of Sokoto, the Oba of Benin, Alafin of Oyo and other Nigerians who have made their mark in governance, military and the private sector to engage the government in negotiations on behalf of the Union rather than going on strike.

Speaking passionately, Daramola also berated the university administration for running a system whereby students are not aware of what the lecturer bodies are doing, stating that student representatives should be part of every organization within their universities.

He argued that if truly the students are well trained and the lecturers are truly doing their jobs, they should be able to liaise with students, and “if they believe in what we are doing, if we are really fighting for them, why can’t they be made to go to the National Assembly – students that are properly organized?”

He said that giving the students academic instructions is insufficient if they don’t train them for leadership. “Many universities in Nigeria don’t have Student Union, it’s very sad. We aren’t giving good leadership to students; not in terms of products but in terms of process.”

He expressed sadness over ASUU’s quietness on the continuous complaints from the students and public about lecturers selling hand-outs and giving marks for money, “only to have strong muscles to fight the government. So they aren’t purposeful in their leadership”.