Friday, 4 September 2015
Ifa oracle set to choose next Ooni of Ife
The exit of Oba Okunade Sijuwade as Ooni of Ife has created a vacuum which would be filled by a worthy successor. The late Sijuwade emerged the 50th Ooni of Ife in December, 1980 and ruled the ancient city of Ile-Ife for 35 years.The next Ooni of Ife will, no doubt, emerge according to the dictates of the Ifa oracle. In Yorubaland, divination gives priests unreserved access to the teachings of Orunmila. Though, the respective ruling houses have indicated interest in occupying the throne as prospective candidates are not resting on their oars to emerge the next Ooni.
The kingmakers, have over time, been guided in the process of selecting the Ooni of Ife in the past. Guided by Ifa, the king-makers in Ile-Ife are expected not to go against the dictates of the divinity. The Ifá divination rites provide an avenue of communication to the spiritual realm and often times, the king-makers consult Ifa before it makes any pronouncement on who occupies the Ooni throne.Vanguard reports.