Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, has charged Yoruba people to promote their culture wherever they find themselves, saying, any tribe that was not versed in its culture, would die in ignorance. He pointed out that Yoruba culture and tradition are compulsory for Yoruba people to learn and understand like ‘ABC’ being learnt in English language before you can proceed further in learning.
The monarch, who gave the charge during a press event heralding this year’s Olojo Festival, described Yoruba culture and tradition as a must to be practised and embraced by all Yoruba speaking people. He said: “Failure to admire it would surely destroy the labour of our past heroes. We are not idol worshippers, but we are using the celebration of the festival to acknowledge and give due honour to all our deities that have contributed immensely to human existence.
“Olojo festival symbolises celebrating the first day of creation and the beginning of existence in Ile-Ife, being the cradle of human race. The word “Olojo” implies reference to Olodumare, the creator and the owner of the day and that is why Olojo festival is being celebrated in Ife kingdom, the cradle of Yorubas.”