By Chris Onuoha
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, has expressed with satisfaction the multiple impacts of the Elerinmo of Erinmo-Ijesha, Oba Michael Odunayo Ajayi Arowotawaya II, in the short period of ascent to the throne of his ancestors.
Ogunwusi made his first visit to the ancient city of Erinmo as a special guest at this year’s Agidanyin festival, along with other traditional rulers.
The monarch, who released white doves at the entrance of the city gate upon his arrival, as a sign of peace to the land, described the Agidanyin as one of the traditional historical festivals in the Yoruba land.
“Agidanyin is celebrated in memory of Erinmo’s great ancestor, Agidanyin, son of Obalufon Alayemore (3rd and 5th Ooni of Ife in history) who founded Erinmo in 1100 AD,” he said.
“Agidanyin was a great and courageous warrior who was actively involved in various wars, especially the numerous inter-tribal wars at that time.
“After Obalufon Alayemore installed his son, Agidanyinmosa, as ruler of Erinmo Ijesa, known today as ELERINMO, he also went ahead to found Efon and installed another son as Alaaye of Efon before returning to Ile-Ife to ascend to the throne. for the second time as the 5th Ooni of Ife ”.
Ogunwusi described Oba Ajayi as a pillar of the rich Yoruba culture, who will not compromise his heritage for nothing, calling him an iconic ruler.
In his response, the Elerinmo thanked God who he said had been his guide up to now.
He described the Agidanyin festival as a symbol for Erinmo Ijesha, and held that it is a festival of his ancestors that brings a bountiful harvest, an improved economy, and peace on earth.
He called on the youth of the community to engage in productive activities that ensure a better tomorrow and avoid acts that will bring shame.
Ajayi, mentioning the importance of the festival, described Erinmo as the “land of spiritual mountains with cultural diversity”.
According to him, the festival and the city whose mountains are said to be holy and spiritually sacred attract large visitors from all over the world seeking solutions to various problems.
The Agidanyin festival had started on Thursday, October 29 with Christian prayers.
There were also special Jumat prayers on Friday October 30, followed by a community medical outreach.
One of the most important events was the empowerment initiative sponsored by a non-governmental organization, the AnneGift Foundation, which delivered more than 200 modern agricultural equipment to farmers, social assistance and palliative for widows, the elderly and people with physical disabilities. Others include commissioning of 2 new modern drilled wells and training of more than 1,000 community members on small-scale business creation.
The event ended with a special thanksgiving service held at the Apostolic Church of Christ CAC, Oke-Isegun, Erinmo.