Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the ooni of Ife, has said that “we will continue to experience poverty all over the place if we don’t celebrate the good side of our culture”, apparently referring to festivals and deities.
Speaking at the at the 2016 celebration of ORANFE, the god of fire in Ile-Ife, Ooni cautioned people to stop misrepresenting the importance of festivals and deities celebrated in the ancient city of Ile-Ife and all parts of Africa.
He said: “Those who keep sensitising people against us that we are worshipping idols are not kind to history. I am proud to be associated with nature. Ife has 201 out the 401 deities and they are all relevant.
“These deities are divine messengers of God sent for different purposes. One of them is ORANFE, the god of fire being celebrated here today.
“It is a pity that all powers in the possession of black men are being used for battles and power tussles. It is from these unique powers that the west sourced technology and development from, and they are now using it against us.