ILE-IFE, NIGERIA – The Olojo festival is regarded as the biggest festival on the culture calendar of Ile-Ife.
In the spirit of the celebration, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State represented by the deputy governor Benedict Alabi, made a promise to build the first Yoruba Museum and World Heritage Centre in Ile-Ife at the 2021 Olojo festival in Ile-Ife, saying the decision was in fulfillment of his administration’s commitment to promoting tourism in the state.
He further added, “when the project is completed, it will be a great tourism infrastructure for the pilgrimage of the Yoruba people across the globe.”
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Ogunwusi was at the Emese Court where he was adorned with the Are Crown and greeted with gunshots salute. He went to Ile-Nla (Big House) around 5:16 pm where they buried all the past Ooni of Ife to pray. He left Ile-Nla to Palace Gate and later to Oke-Mogun where the Osogun (custodian of Ogun shrine) joined the monarch for the last rite of the Olojo festival. He later went to the Aje shrine.
President Muhammadu Buhari, represented by Senator Jide Omoworare, the wife of the Ooni, Olori Silekunola Ogunwusi, the Deputy Governor of Osun – Mr Benedict Alabi, Kogi State Deputy Governor Edward Onaoja, Dele Momodu, many traditional rulers were among the dignitaries who attended the festival.