By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has named his newly born prince after his predecessor, Sir Tadenikawo Adesoji Aderemi.
Oba Ogunwusi had pledged to name his prince after the 49th Ooni of the 3rd dynasty and First African Governor of the old Western Region in Nigeria, Oba Tadenikawo Adesoji Aderemi who reigned from 1930 to 1980.
After the prayers and sacrifices, the monarch consulted Ifa oracle through the Araba Agbaye, head of Ifa priests worldwide, before making the baby’s names public.
A release signed by the Director, Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Moses Olafare said that the names of the prince handed by Araba Agbaye to High-Chief Lowa of Ife, Chief Adekola Adeyeye who officially pronounced them to the anxious crowd are: Tadenikawo, Adesoji, Aderemi, Eri-Ifeoluwasimi, Adeiwa, Inioluwa, Ademide, Adegbite, Diekoloreoluwa, son of Ogunwusi.
The birth of the prince on Wednesday, November 18, 2020 was greeted by three phases of 21day traditional rites according to the dictates of Yoruba cutoms before it was rounded off today within the premises of Ile Oodua Palace of the Ooni.
The Lowa Adimula of Ife who presented the baby’s names to the public said the traditional rites which started a week ago will be concluded after 21 days from birth, saying It has become important for people to understand the culture and traditions of naming princes following the legacy established by Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, the progenitor of Yoruba race.