Ile-ife is the home of Yoruba race.
The progenitor of the Yoruba race, Oduduwa is viewed in
Many lights that puts great importance to the beginning of the Earth.
While stories abound that Oduduwa was sent down by Olodumare to establish mother earth and populate another rich history talks of Oduduwa leaving Mecca and going east to settle in present day Ile-Ife. From a son and seven grand children, Oduduwa has become the father of the yoruba race with more than 50 million in Nigeria and another 20 million in the diaspora.
Ile-Ife’s rich history should be at par with other renowned histories that are today well celebrated. It has become the most diversified and most expansive monarchy in the world with brothers from the same descendancy living in harmony and sharing the same rich history without bloody fight for
Ile-Ife has more than 200 deities. Of all the deities, only the Ooni is in human form. There are celebrations in Ile-Ife for 364 days in a year.
The need to have a platform for all children of Oduduwa to celebrate a growing race becomes very paramount. The need to grow the language, culture and hold its place in the large comity of leading cultures of the world is important.
About Ileya Oodua
Ile’Ya Oodua is a festival determined to bring back home all descendants of the Yoruba race home to celebrate and pray for all Yoruba descendants and well wishers. It will be a collection of fun packed events and carnivals determined to serve as a platform to bring all Yoruba descendants and guests back to their roots as an home coming event that will culminate in enticing cultural displays.
The festival will be a one-week non stop event laced with cultural exposures, competitions, youth initiatives and trade opportunities. Ile’ Ya Oodua will be an annual event which will develop the tourist potentials of the ancient city and draw light on the various heritages across the region, and generate revenue for businesses in the state through the exposures of its many cultures in every region of the state.
Awaken all Yoruba descendants home and in diaspora to be one Bring all descendants of Oodua together to celebrate our progenitor Become the focal point of yoruba culture, people and race