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Olojo festival Set to Showcase and Promote Rich Yoruba Cultural Heritage

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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.

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