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Moments From The Ooni Of Ife’s Traditional Naming Ceremony Of His New Born Prince Adesoji Aderemi

The Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, fulfilled his vow on Wednesday to name his new-born prince after his predecessor, Sir Tadenikawo Adesoji Aderemi.

The first eight day of the 3 week cultural rites was held at the Ile Oodua Palace of the Ooni of Ife for the naming of the new born princes and princess.

It started with the Ooni’s traditional movement from his private residence in the palace to the sacred Yeyemoolu well to offer prayers and traditional rites before moving through the different palace chambers; from Ile Ogun to Ile Odikeji and Ile Omirin, finally to Ile-Igbo to mount the oldest Odududuwa stool in Ile Igbo, where the reigning Ooni often sits whenever a very important event occurs.


A spiritual homage to the Isoros and other traditional rituals was given at Ile Igbo to formally welcome the royal child to the Ife Royal Court and to make its names known to the general public.

With items such as sugar cane, Aadun, honey, dried fish, money, pen, bitter colas, cola nuts, alligator peppers, snails schnapps, water, palm oil, doves and other Yoruba core prayer items, custodians of various deities known as ‘Oba Isoro, Obas and Ife High-Chiefs offered prayers in the traditional way.

After the prayers and sacrifices, through Araba Agbaye, head of Ifa priests worldwide, the Ooni consulted Ifa oracle before making the names of the baby public.

Names of the prince handed by Araba Agbaye to High-Chief Lowa of Ife, Chief Adekola Adeyeye who officially pronounced them to the anxious crowd are: Tadenikawo, Adesoji, Aderemi, Eri-Ifeoluwasimi, Adeiwa, Inioluwa, Ademide, Adegbite, Diekoloreoluwa, son of Ogunwusi.


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