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When Kings Mortgage Their Traditions

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When Kings Mortgage Their Traditions

You were already in your 40s, never a boy in any way and infact you were relatively much high up in the social ladder.

There was a Stool, not an ordinary stool but the very ancient stool of ODUDUWA in the very ancient city of ILE-IFE that is home to 401 DEITIES, the very heart of Yoruba civilisation and spiritual essence.

There is a vacancy on the same stool for Oonirisa, Oluaiye, Alase Igbakeji Orisa, the prime custodians of 401 DEITIES and you knew this!

You knew the huge responsibilities and the expectations, you weren’t a baby but an initiate.

You accepted the responsibilities!

You were taken through the various rites!

The things packed into ANY MAN that makes him an OBA, ANY OBA AT ALL, that makes him supreme custodian and authority next only to the deities and Gods themselves, the things that make an ordinary mortal man become OONIRISA, the things that bring every other mortals trembling before you, can’t be small and should only be imagined!

Olusegun Obasanjo, former President Balogun Owu who’s much older that your father prostrated before you!

Oba Ogbagba II , Awujale of Ijebu land was just 26years of age when Awolowo, Odole Ile-ife who was old enough to be his father, prostrated before him!

Then you got there and begin to misbehave like a mere child!!!

What nonsense!

You are the reigning Ooni who will marry and get divorced by the woman in less than 2years. What an abomination!!!

You are the one who will be telling strange and weird stories of records never known to Ooni Adesoji Aderemi that ruled for 50years before Ooni Olubuse II who ruled for 35years, both of them much older than you and much closer to our history than you!

You are the one who will be seen trailing after his wife to Christain crusade!

You are the one kneeling before a Pastor. Does the Pastor carry a greater anointing than you? Does Elizabeth II ever kneel before an Archbishop of Canterbury or any pastor for that matter? Did you read in that your wife’s Bible where any king of Israel knelt down before any Priest?

You are the one forever in the social media!

You are the one forever travelling up and down and always seen!

When do you rally the Yorubas along the lines of those things familiar to their ancestors?

I even wonder if you are ever in the Palace!

How can it be that Ooni Ojaja II who should preserve and jealously guard our heritage, language, culture, traditions, religion and spirituality will be in the fore front of those to desecrate them?

The Falconer throwing away his whistle, with what will he gather his falcons?

Adedamola Adetayo is a writer who is an expert in the Yoruba culture and traditions. He is based in Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria.

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