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Ooni’s passage to be announced on Wednesday

Awara of Iwara-Ife, Oba Layi Adereti, yesterday disclosed that formal announcement of Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade’s death will be made on Wednesday.

The royal father, who stated this in a statement issued in Ile-Ife on preparation of burial of the monarch, who died at Saint Mary Hospital, London, few weeks ago, said Oro festival was the final rite of passage for the Ooni.

Since Oba Sijuade’s death was reported, Royal Traditional Council of Ile-Ife, a body comprising all traditional title holders in the town, has continually denied that the monarch had passed on.

However, Oba Adereti, who is also head of Oro Cult in Ile-Ife, said residents of the ancient town, whether male or female, must remain indoor during the Oro rite, which will take place between 9am and 4pm, Wednesday.

“This is an official statement from the palace of Awara of Iwara-Ife, who is head of Oro deity that on Wednesday 12th August, 2015, there would be official proclamation of the demise of Ooni of Ife.

“The proclamation will be made public during the Oro festival, being the final rites on the demise of Ooni of Ife. “Residents of the ancient town are therefore, urged to keep away from the streets between the hours of 9am and 4pm during which the Oro deity will be out.

“With the announcement, people are advised to stay in-door for the period the Oro will be out.”

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