Ile-Ife celebrate Aje festival

Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife

Markets in Ile-Ife, Osun State were closed on Monday because of the celebration of Aje festival by indigenes.

The markets are New Market in Odo-Ogbe area, Ejigbomekun, Ayegbaju, Itakogun, Fowobaje and Iloro markets among others.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) spoke with some residents and traders in Ile-Ife on their impression about the festival.

Mr Pius Omoworare, the “Babaloja of Oja tuntun” in Ile-Ife commended Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi for making the festival to come to reality.

Omoworare expressed delight at the celebration of the festival, saying indigenes had long been waiting for its celebration.

“We are happy with our new monarch, we all selected him and since his coronation, a new dawn has started in Ile-Ife with many transformations.

“We know that this festival will bring more profits as it will attract well meaning people into the town to boost its economy,’’ Omoworare said.

Mrs Bolatito Enitilo, who spoke on behalf of “Iyaloja of Ejigbomekun market” said that the Ooni had revived the festival as part of his effort of preaching peace and unity among the Yoruba people.

Many indigenes and non-indigenes, including those in the Diaspora were present at the festival.

Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi later went to Ile-Aje, to pray for the people of Ile-Ife, the Osun people, the Yoruba race and Nigeria in general.

Ile Aje, according to Ile-Ife mythology, was the first market created on earth and indigenes believe that it was the origin of all markets in the universe.

The Ooni was the first king to celebrate the festival since it was created.