The aborigines of Lagos and part of Ogun State, the Aworis who are direct descendants of Olofin Ogunfunminire an Ife prince, will be making a historical visit to the ancient city of Ile-Ife during this year’s Ileya Omo Oodua festival hosted by the Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II.

‘ILE’YA OMO OODUA’ festival is a one-week non-stop event laced with cultural exposures (which includes dance and beats), youth initiatives and trade opportunities and agreements amongst the Yoruba race numbering over 500million and in over 80 countries of the world. It is an annual event that brings very many descendants from the diaspora and draws light on the various Yoruba heritages across the region and the world. The diasporans who visit during the festival get to enjoy the ‘REBIRTH’ process whereby many of them become direct descendants of Oduduwa and receive Yoruba names. It normally holds every December during the coronation anniversary ceremony of the present Ooni of Ile-Ife.

According to the coordinator of the festival Mr Wale Williams, ‘this is the third instalment of the festival. You are aware Kabiyesi visited Brazil this year and the rich history of Yoruba in Brazil sees over 90million Yoruba descendants presently in Brazil. That proves that there are more Yorubas in Brazil today than in Nigeria. Kabiyesi is determined to forge peace, unity, cohesion and mutual tradings amongs the entire Yoruba race. This festival is just the tool to celebrate the achievements for the year’.

The revered king sent a special invitation to all descendants of Olofin Ogunfunminire across the world to come and celebrate their ancestor who is a proud prince of Ile-Ife. He was worried that little is being celebrated of a man who singlehandedly raced descendants who discovered Lagos, part of Ogun state and up to Badagry and extended. His belief is that the world needs to be educated that beyond the 7 offsprings of Oduduwa who received crowns and expanded into the world, there were other offsprings who were assigned other duties to expand the Yoruba race. Olofin Ogunfunminire is one. He was given a sacred plate and told to settle wherever the plate sank into the water. The plate was placed on water as it flowed, the followed. There were places the plate stopped and remained on the water for months before moving. These points became settlements until it finally sank in present day Idumota.

Speaking to the President of the Awori Resource Group (ARG), a very powerful association of the Awori descendants, Architect Tosin Akinyemi, he said ‘we know our history, we know where we are from, this invitation for us to visit on a special day termed Olofin day is long overdue. We thank our father the Arole Oduduwa who has officially invited us to honour our father, our ancestor. I assure you, we will all be there. It is going to be one big celebration.’

The festival is set to hold from December 4-8th 2018. Olofin day will be on the 5th of December. Information about the day says there will be a float and motorcade lining from the entrance of Ile-Ife (opposite Oduduwa University), chiefs, and people of Ile-Ife will meet the long convoy of people at the Mayfair junction to lead them to the palace of Oduduwa. It is there that the festival event will commence with many key programmes for the day. The event will chaired by Asiwaju Michael Olawale-Cole, a notable Awori descendant, foremost rotary president, former commissioner in Lagos state and a statesman.