By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Ooni of Ife and Arole Oodua, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11 on Tuesday formally received the Crown Prince, Tadenikowo Adesoji Aderemi, after 21 days of his birth according to tradition.
Oba Ogunwusi then released his picture to the general public.
A statement signed by the Director, Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Comrade Moses Olafare, said the Prince came in a motorcade to the entrance (Enu Geru) of the Palace and received by the Agba Ife led by Obalufe of Ife, Oba Idowu Adediwura.
Others who received the crown prince are the Modewa led by Lowa Adimula of Ife, High Chief Adeola Adeyeye, and Emeses led by Sarun Oriowo Oyeyemi.
The prince along with his mother, Queen ShilekunOla Ogunwusi (YEYELUWA), the families, friends, and Oba Ogunwusi’ associates were all ushered into the Ooni’s Palace from Akure.
According to the statement, “The Prince and his mother first stopped at Ile-Nla within the palace courtyard where the families and relatives of Ogunwusi Royal families and friends were awaiting the arrival of the baby.
“From there they proceeded to Emese’s court, where the Prince was finally handed over to Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi who came out through the sacred ILE IGBO in accordance to the full culture and tradition of Ile-Ife as always observed whenever a reigning Ooni receives his newly-born prince into the palace after the necessary rites of 21 days.
“After receiving his son from the mother, Ooni Ogunwusi accompanied by relevant spiritual aides swiftly took the baby straight into the inner chamber of ILE IGBO for the necessary spiritual confirmation to establish the blood lineage of Oduduwa our progenitor following the footsteps of his ancestors.
“The monarch later came out from ILE IGBO with smiles and majestic dance steps welcomed by thunderous shouts “Kabiyesi ooooo!” “Kabiyesi oooooo!” from the waiting crowd who watched with excitement and jubilation as Ooni handed over the Prince to his elated mother who danced with the baby in her hands to her apartment at the palace.”