ILÉ – IFÈ -the cradle of yoruba history. Situated in Osun state in south-western Nigeria is so full of history. It brought all the yoruba lessons I received in secondary school to life. Obatala, Orunmila, Oranmiyan, Oduduwa and Moremi are some of the mythical deities i got a chance to see their ancestral home.
First stop was the palace which houses the present king of Ile Ife ,Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II who is the 51st king .Our tour guide Mr. Segun didn’t leave any detail out. Almost everything at the palace has history, from doors to stones and even a well(the well used to be a Queen).
It is believed that many centuries ago people of authority didn’t die, they simply turned into trees, rocks , iron etc or flowed into rivers.
We then proceeded to see the statue of the heroine Moremi Ajasoro, then Oranmiyan’s staff.
This is the origi Ifa altar. It is a sign that there is a strong herbalist in that compound. Prayers are offered every Thursday at this alter and also during the new yam festival by the Ooni(king). The stone in the middle of the alter is believed the have existed 8000 years before the advent of Jesus Christ.
But thou, LORD, art most high for evermore. psalm 92:8 King James Version