Struggling with Heritage in Yoruba Land

The year end 2019 Iju-Odo, Osooro Day festival which traditionally served as a day of ceremony and atonement turned an ugly day with strange tragedies and acrimonies.


The community event which held in the foremost Manuwa Memorial Grammar School, Iju-Odo was greeted by high and mighty in Nigeria among of whom are top state government functionaries, Oba Abodi of Ikoya land, Ret. Gen Olu Bajowa (Jagunmolu of Ikale Land), Oba Orofun of Iju-Odo, Rebuja of Osooro Land, Chief Gani Adams (Supreme Leader of Yoruba ethnic militia known as OPC), Police Chief Bode Ojajuni, and other notable traditional rulers.

According to Oba of Iju-Odo, His royal highness, Oba Orofun, this year festival turned to be the worst in the history of this great community because of the many strange occurrences which are signs that the gods and our ancestors are angry because of several defilements and sacrilege in the land.

He cited a case where a special traditional rite was to be conducted on account of an indigene who according to the tradition must not enter the land as a result of taboo and defilement to the gods was thwarted by families and the supporters of the chosen -Mr Okesola lasehinwa. The King went further to show appreciation to the Leader and members of the O’odua People Congress (OPC) who has been in the forefront of promoting the traditional heritage in Yoruba race.

Members of Iju-Odo Council of Chiefs flanked by the Local Government Chairman Mr. Prisola, Ret.Gen. Bajowa and others at the just concluded Iju-Odo Day Festival-December 28th, 2019

In response, The Yoruba war Lord, Chief Gani Adams reiterated that their members are committed to sustaining reinforcement of Yoruba ancestral doctrines anywhere they are settled around the country. He also made reference that since the day he received message from the Iju-Odo community elders to fetch the absconded man back to the community they have not relented. According to Chief Adams, if the chosen one is not in exile or dead, the OPC will do all within their powers to execute the will of the ancestors regarding this abominable situation. He then admonished the community and the Chief Priest to continue to consult the Oracle (Ifa) to find ways to appease the gods of the land so that continual misfortunes in the community can be abated.

The gathering was greeted with uncommon ominale masquerades which represents the spirits of ancestors which is originally seen at events like the burial or coronation of an Oba or High Chief.