Ooni of Ife wears ‘100kg’ Aare crown for first time

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The ‎Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, put on the sacred Aare crown on Saturday in Ile-Ife, Osun, for the first time amidst jubilations and local gun salute by the natives. Oba Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, performed the symbolic trip from Ile Oodua, his palace to Oke Mogun shrine, to mark this year’s Olojo Festival,

being the first time he would participate in the festival as Ooni.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Olojo Festival holds annually in Ile Ife, to mark creation of the universe and “Are crown” a special crown made of 151 items.
It is worn only during the celebration of the festival and was adorned by Ooni.

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Decked in all white apparel, Oba Ogunwusi, had been in seclusion for 5 days.

He left his residence for Oke Mogun around 4: 30p.m for the final rites, before he wore mystic “Are” crown.

At exactly 5 p.m. Oba Ogunwusi, emerged with Are crown holding a white dove, amidst prayers and several gunshots which began with the journey to Oke Mogun and Idi Aje.