OONI NAMED THE NEW IFE PRINCE AFTER HIS PREFERRED & FOREMOST PREDECESSOR
The Ooni of ife has named the new ife prince after his much preferred and well revered predecessor
The Ooni of Ife has named his new prince after the former western region governor and the 49th Ooni of Ife. In a ceremony that took place on the eight days of his wife delivery, the traditional rites of the naming took place in Ile Oodua, the palace of the Ooni of Ife.
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. The custodians of various deities which is 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. 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.
The birth of the prince on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 was greeted by three phasses of 21day traditional rites according to the dictates of Yoruba cutoms before it was rounded off on Wednesday November 25, 2020 within the premises of Ile Oodua Palace of the Ooni.
The Lowa Adimula of Ife who presented the baby's names to the public said the traditional rites which started a week ago will be concluded after 21 days from birth, saying It has become important for people to understand the cultural and traditional dynamism in naming the prince following the legacy established by Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, the progenitor of The Yoruba Race.