The day which climaxed the first eight-day of the 3 week cultural rites traditionally observed at the Ile Oodua Palace of the Ooni of Ife for naming new born princes and princess started with the traditional movement of the Ooni from his private residence in the palace to the sacred Yeyemoolu well to offer prayers and traditional rites before moving through various palace chambers; from Ile Ogun to Ile Odikeji and Ile Omirin, finally to Ile-Igbo to mount the oldest stool of Oduduwa at Ile Igbo Where a reigning Ooni occasionally sits whenever there is a very important events.
At Ile Igbo, spiritual obeisance by the Isoros and other traditional rites were offered to formally welcome the royal baby to the Ife Royal Court and announce his names to the general public.
Custodians of various deities known as ‘Oba Isoro’, Obas and Ife High-Chiefs offered prayers in the traditional way with items like sugarcane, Aadun, honey, dried fishes, money, pen, bitter colas, cola nuts, alligator peppers, snails schnapps, water, palm oil, doves and other Yoruba core prayer items.
After the prayers and sacrifices, the Ooni consulted Ifa oracle through the Araba Agbaye, head of Ifa priests worldwide, before making the baby’s names public.
In a video sighted on Facebook, the monarch was seen taking his position with other members of the council as traditional chiefs carried on with the business of the day.
A portion of the video captioned the moment a high chief addressed everyone present and announced the name of the prince as Adesoji Aderemi.
Shortly after the name was announced, people present made their way down to the monarch’s palace where the proper merriment went down.
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As expected, more congratulatory messages also poured in for the royal family from well-wishers. Read some of the messages below:
Tunji Olawande said: “Deep culture… congratulations to Ooni and Olori on the arrival of our prince.”
Queen Omobola said: “Congratulations. Glory be unto Almighty God.”
Isiaka Akeem Ojodu said: “Congratulations to No 1 Yoruba Land for new Aremo.”
Mc Lovely Bhummy said: “Our culture and tradition is rich.”
Queen Omobola said: “Congratulations Oonirisha. Another twins in few months to come in the palace oo.”