FROM THE PUNCH NEWSPAPER,NIGERIA
Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II, 1930-2015
Olofin Oduduwa. Iku Baba Yeye. Iku Alase,Ekeji Orisa. Orisa gbogbo Oba Yoruba. Oba Olori Alade. Jingbinni bi ate akun. Ekun Olori aye gbogbo. Kabiyesi, Ebora Ile-Igbo!
The above excerpt from the oriki (praise incantation) of the Ooni of Ife, draws attention to the supremacy of the Ooni among Yoruba monarchs, while also highlighting the deification, if not mystification, of the monarch in Yoruba tradition. Once enthroned, the new monarch is believed to have been transformed through various rituals into various roles, which he is believed to perform at various times. Various appellations are used to reflect these roles, including Kabiyesi, Ekeji Orisa, Ebora, Iku Alase, and Iku Baba Yeye.
These attributes recall a past when monarchs were truly revered and rated over and beyond…
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