The Ooni-designate, Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi arrived Ile Ife yesterday to commence his journey into becoming the Ooni of Ife. This will include a 21-day exclusion rite where the Ooni-designate will go through some spiritual rites that will fortify and prepare him for his new role.
The town was in festive mood yesterday as different groups were seen at the toll gate of the town singing and dancing to receive the new 51st Ooni of the town who arrived at 2.45pm.
All the roads, schools and markets were closed for his arrival.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo accompanied the Ooni-designate to the ancient Ile-Ife town amid mammoth crowd at Giesi ruling house, where the head of Lafogido ruling house, Sooko Walomo Adeleke Adewoyin said the Ooni-designate will be first made Sooko before embarking on the traditional rites which would qualify him as a substantive Ooni.
His words, “Today, we are going to install Prince Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi as Sooko before proceeding for the 21 days traditional rites. For any Ooni, you must first be a Sooko before becoming an Ooni.”
Adewoyin, who was also the Deputy Governor of the state said, “the storm is over, the issue of going to court has become a thing of the past. The next thing for us now is to demonstrate our complete support to the new Ooni-designate and that is what my ruling house, Lafogido is doing now, we congratulate him.”
Also speaking, the Secretary of the Giesi ruling house, Prince Adekunle Adelowo Ogunleye said the entire Giesi ruling house was very happy over the development and added that other ruling houses have been felicitating with their son who has been selected to be the new Ooni after the transition of Oba Sijuwade Olubuse 11.
Meanwhile, the 21 days traditional rite for the Ooni-designate who has been installed as Sooko begins today at Ilofi in the ancient town.
During the traditional rites processing, the new Ooni-elect would neither be allowed to attend to any visitors nor his relatives, in order for him to concentrate with the traditionalists.

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