The Ooni of Ife and Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi II on Saturday played host to the Oba of Benin, Uku Apolopolo, Oba Ewuare II at his Ile Oodua Palace in Ile-Ife.
The occasion was an opportunity to showcase the best of traditions and culture of Benin and Ile Ife Kingdoms.
From music to appearance of palace messengers, it was clear that Ife and Benin Kingdoms have a lot in common, even as various cultural troupes from Ile Ife and Benin added colour to the historical visit.
In his address, Oba Ewuare, noted that his visit to Ife was to foster better understanding between the two kingdoms, even as he called for emphasis on what unites the Ife and Benin Kingdoms and prayed in the name of Oranmiyan for long life and prosperity for Ooni of Ife.
“I feel very much at home here, I pray that the spirit of our father Oranmiyan will always be with you as you manage this very sacred throne of Oduduwa very admirably”.
While declaring, that Ife and Benin Kingdoms belong to the same family, Oba Ogunwusi presented an artefact to Oba Ewuare II which showcased hunting as the traditional profession of the descendants of Oduduwa.
He then added during his speech that the gains of the visit would be built upon, to foster more cordial relationship between the two kingdoms
Prominent traditional rulers and notable indigenes of Ife, who joined the Ooni to receive the Benin monarch included the Orangun of Ila, Oba Wahab Oyedotun, Alara of Ilaramoko Ekiti, Former Minister of Water Resources, Alhaji Isola Awotorebo, Former Nigerian Ambassador to Cuba, Senator Segun Bamigbetan Baju, Obasewa of Ife, Chief John Odeyemi, Hon. Rotimi Makinde and Princess Toyin Kolade
Ooni Ogunwusi later led his guest and his entourage to the Government House, Osogbo for a dinner reception organized by the Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
(Story And Photos By Dele Momodu @delemomoduovation)
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