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Alaafin set to celebrate Oranyan festival

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IBADAN — Unperturbed by the controversy that trailed the celebration of Oranyan, a Yoruba legend, last year, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi has concluded arrangements for the second year celebration of the Yoruba deity.

The celebration of Oranyan last year triggered fresh discord between him and Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade.

The two leading Yoruba monarchs engaged in a battle of wits over who had the ancestral authority to celebrate the Oranyan festival.

While the Ooni insisted that he was the one recognised by Yoruba history to mark the Oranyan day, Alaafin remained adamant, saying he possessed the royal authority to celebrate the legendary Oranyan.

While speaking with newsmen in Oyo town, yesterday, ahead of the activities marking the festival, Ayo Ladigbolu, the deputy chairman of the planning committee of the festival hinted that the Oyo State Progressive Association of North America Incorporated was ready to establish the Oranyan World Heritage Centre and Institute in the ancient town.

Ladigbolu,  flanked by the Basorun of Oyo and the chairman of the committee, Yusuf Akinade Layinka 1 and Oyo Mesi, said, “this is a most encouraging and challenging development, which will serve as a booster to the morale of those of us who see Oranyan Festival as a labour of love to this generation and to posterity.

“It is our clarion call to all, especially the sons and daughters of Yoruba to imbibe the attributes of Oranyan as listed above and which qualify anybody to be described as ‘omoluabi.’

“Whoever embraces the values and exhibit them is qualified to be a true descendant of Oranyan.”

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