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Ooni of Ife to be crowned today

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Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, will, today, Monday (Nov 23), be crowned the new Ooni of Ife.

The crowning, Daily Sun gathered, would not be made public as it is ex­pected to herald the official public inauguration sched­uled for December 7, in the ancient city.

The new Ooni began tra­ditional rites at Ilofi, a sa­cred place of spiritual ori­entation for a new king, on Thursday, October 29, af­ter his entry into the town, having emerged from the Giesi Ruling House.

He was expected to have left Ilofi on Thursday, No­vember 19, when the 21 days he was expected to spend there elapsed.

But, informed sources said a few more days were added to ensure that all rites were completed be­fore the coronation could take place.

A palace source ex­plained during a chat with Daily Sun that the new Ooni would be crowned in Ile- Oodua, adding that he would be entering the pal­ace for the first time as an Oba today.

The source disclosed that the coronation would not be made public according to the custom and tradition of the land.

“In line with customs and traditions of Ile Ife, the Ooni’s coronation will hold behind closed doors. Only the Isoros and Ife chiefs will be involved, but, I can confirm that it will be done inside the palace on Mon­day,” the source reiterated.

source: sunnewsonline

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