The Oloju cultural festival is a celebration that is geared towards the promotion of yoruba cultural values, global peace and prosperity. It will celebrate the ancient magnificent splendour of ADE-AARE CROWN in the
public square, with exhibitions of Yoruba antiquities, display of cultural troupes, other materials of the culture and much more for all visitors and residents to enjoy
The festival will be held at convenient locations near the Palace(Ile-Oodua) at Enuwa in Ile Ife, State of Osun, Nigeria.
The Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adéyeyè Enitan Ògúnwùsì (Òjàjà II) is calling on all visitors far and wide to come and celebrate the official YORUBA NEW YEAR as pioneered in Ile Ife, Nigeria. He explains: “with my global outreach initiative which is creating a
new epic movement, I have been travelling out of my kingdom to visit other nations around the world to share our own stories, delivering academic lectures, recharting the leading role of Yoruba nation in the world and to reignite the immortal Yoruba spirit of enlightenment as the glowing fountain of knowledge that gave birth to the world civilisation”.Ooni said.
He further stated that “the existence of Ile-Ife as the source of humanity has been genetically studied and attested to by the scientific work of Dr. Etienne Papin and his 24 man-team at Institute? Pasteur in Paris, France. The studies corroborate the genetic existence of the
Yoruba collective in Nigeria at more than 100,000 years ago-with two distinct main groups, Khoe-San of South Africa splitting away at 87,000 years ago and Mbuti of DRC parting from Yoruba at 56,000 years ago respectively”. According to Ooni “OLOJO is notably the
foremost festival of the world. Its existence was a triumphant initiative from divinity to humanity as it was also the primal source to the creation of other festivals.
OLOJO celebrates the dawn of the first day of existence on earth, as described and referenced in many holy and
religious books when God said ‘let there be light’, and there was light. “I am keen to use the event as an opportunity for the world to come and experience our authentic cultural festivities.”The Ooni said. The Festival as a traditional and cultural event is attended by approximately 400,000, people every year, placing the event as the third largest biggest festival in the world after Rio Mardi Gras in Brazil with 500, 000
attendees and Holi in India receiving the most visitors at 2 million plus. The Olojo festival is unique as it centres on the once-a-year wearing of the ADE-AARE CROWN which is arguably is the oldest monarchic crown in existence; as it has been strictly maintained over millennia, with 51 successive Ooni’s wearing the same crown.