Ooni of Ife wears ‘100kg' Aare crown for first time

According to reports, the ‎Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, put on the sacred Aare crown on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun, for the first time amidst jubilations and local gun salute by the natives.


Oba Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, performed the symbolic trip from Ile Oodua, his palace to Oke Mogun shrine, to mark this year’s Olojo Festival, being the first time he would participate in the festival as Ooni.

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News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olojo Festival holds annually in Ile Ife, to mark creation of the universe and “Are crown” a special crown made of 151 items.

It is worn only during the celebration of the festival and was adorned by Ooni.

Decked in all white apparel, Oba Ogunwusi, had been in seclusion for 5 days.

He left his residence for Oke Mogun around 4: 30p.m for the final rites, before he wore mystic “Are” crown.

At exactly 5 p.m. Oba Ogunwusi, emerged with Are crown holding a white dove, amidst prayers and several gunshots which began with the journey to Oke Mogun and Idi Aje.

These are two major ports of call during Olojo Festival where rituals and prayers were said for the peace of Nigeria and Yoruba race.

Are crown, which weighs 100kg, according to sources, last made the trip to Oke Mogun several years ago.

The late Ooni, Oba Okunade Sijuade, owing to his advanced age in last 3 years of his reign, did not wear Are crown even during the celebration of Olojo.

On the procession of Ooni to Oke Mogun were Ife chiefs, priests and members of Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, as well as indigenes and tourists from different parts of world.

Before Ooni commenced the trip, his messengers, who wore only shorts, wielding cane, performed the symbolic sprint to Oke Mogun three times to clear the route the monarch would take.

NAN reports that the festival was peaceful, as all and sundry were in celebration mood, praying for the progress and development of the Yoruba race and the country at large.



  1. When would our people stop idolatry and embrace the only almighty God? The gods they worship cannot talk nor eat, Infact if they must walk, they ve to be moved. I pray that God open your spiritual mind to know the truth before its too late.

  2. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth and life. No man comes to the father but by me. I’m not talking religion here. Be it Christianity, Islam, or idolatry, they are all the same. Only Jesus in your life makes all the difference.

  3. See how all these people are hypocrites. Tomorrow he will be in one Pentecostal Church making Thanks Giving Service and the so called Pastors and men of gods will be there accepting these traditional rulers representing our ancestral worshipers as worshipers who offers genuine gifts. Mathew 6:1-4. You can not dine on the table of God and on the table of Idols. So, the Pastor taking from all because they are never satisfied with money. So, they Idolizing powerful people and politicians everybody whom all know represents this system of things ruled by Satan the Devil. Hence, Religious leaders of the nations are identified as Babylon the Great, the Harlot who prostitutes between the worship of God and man.

  4. I doubt if really the crown is 100kg
    I do not see a man of the Ooni’s size carrying a 100kg load without being unsteady on his feet
    That apart, methinks the Ooni keep saying that Jesus and God of Isreal is his father
    How come he is now joining in the rituals at “oke Mogun shrine”
    I tell you what, our forefathers had already known the one and only God of the universe before the coming of the slave masters from Europe and Middle East, with the bible or koran in one hand and the gun or sword in the other, to demonise everything Africa
    Our forefathers called the God of the whole world Olodumare or Chukwu before the colonialists came with the doctrine of one sectional Israeli “God”

  5. What a good start. May his days belong on his father throne. Kabiyesi Oba ile gbogbo Yoruba kade pe lori ki bata pelese Obawa Ooni of Yoruba land.

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