- The Ooni of Ife set the internet ablaze with his jaw-dropping revelation of the sheer weight and might of the ‘Aare crown’ when he donned it during the Ile Ife town festivities.
- With the assistance of a cadre of dedicated traditional worshippers, the monarch struggled under the crown’s weight, seemingly transported into a trance-like state, all in the midst of the electrifying Olojo festival, It was a scene that left Netizens’ jaws on the floor!
A sizzling video of Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, wearing the sacred Aare crown, has ignited a firestorm of responses across the digital realm.
In this majestic spectacle, the monarch, donning the illustrious crown, embarked on a regal journey through the ancient tapestry of Ife during the enchanting Olojo festival.
In the midst of this grand procession, the Ooni was seen teetering like a sailor on stormy seas, burdened by the weight of the resplendent crown. To his aid, two stalwart companions gallantly stood by, their support akin to the sturdy pillars of a sacred temple.
Sharing the video, Ooni of Ife wrote;
“Eternally grateful to carry the sacred crown of my forebears, a duty I do not take for granted. #0tisese #0dunOlojo #Olojofestival2023″
The likes of Davido, Adeniyi Johnson, Rita Daniels, and Gentle Jack showered the King with praise in his customary traditional fashion, offering heartfelt wishes for his longevity.
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The video sparked a veritable firestorm of responses from the online community, with certain individuals contending that the crown carries a colossal load of approximately 110 pounds, making it seem as though it’s as weighty as the weight of the world on a shoulder.
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The festival is celebrated in remembrance of “Ogun”, god of Iron, who is believed to be the first son of Oduduwa, progenitor of the Yoruba people. It is held yearly in October. It is one of the biggest festivals on the cultural calendar of lle-Ife.