Ooni crowned in secret

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, was early this morning crowned in a secret traditional ceremony.

The monarch will enter the palace and be received by palace chiefs.

An informed source said he would meet the press at 10 am at the palace.

The source said Ogunwusi was crowned traditionally in a confidential ceremony between 3am and 5am.

According to him, there was nothing like coronation in the Ife tradition.

He said “experts” had enlightened those in charge of the process that there could only be an inauguration for the Ooni instead of coronation.

He added: “Ooni gives crowns to traditional rulers and he is not expected to receive one like others. His crowning is usually done in secrecy or confidence, not in the open.

“And traditionally, whoever is pronounced by the kingmakers and the government becomes the Ooni. He does not need to wait  till he undergoes rites and crowned before he is referred to as Ooni.”

 

The Nation

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