Stella Dimoko Ooni Urges Nigerian Farmers And Herders To Close Ranks For Peace And Economic Progress At Annual Yam Festival


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Monday, August 05, 2019

Ooni Urges Nigerian Farmers And Herders To Close Ranks For Peace And Economic Progress At Annual Yam Festival

The Arole Oodua and Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II on Sunday played host to thousands of Ile Ife natives and guests from other parts of the country to celebrate the 2019 edition of the annual yam festival.

While addressing the multitude at his Ile Oodua Palace in the town, the Ooni who was flanked by his beautiful queen, Olori Silekunola Ogunwusi(Yeyeluwa) and Obalufe of Iremo-Ife, Oba Idowu Adediwura, told his audience which included farmers and traders priests across the land that peaceful coexistence is the secret to economic prosperity.

Ooni, the Co-Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) lamented that the country has suffered economically from the clashes between farmers and herders, he therefore charged the two groups to embrace peace as a tool to enhance productivity.

"Both farmers and herders are two critical stakeholders in food production, I want to advise them to use peace to boost productivity.

“The government has been trying and has even promised to step up the fight against insecurity in the country. So I call on all stakeholders in food production especially the farmers to be patience with the government’s approach towards stabilizing peaceful coexistence across the country.” Ooni said.

On the motivation behind the recent economic boom across Ile Ife markets, Ooni Ogunwusi described the ancient city as the one prominent for countless economic activities earlier before modern civilization.

“The abandoned ancient Oja-Ife market also spiritually known as Oja Ejigbom'ekun which is the first market in the world and others like the Itakogun and Ajifowobaje markets as well as Oja Tuntun have been revived to bring back the lost economic glories of Ile Ife.” The Ooni noted.

The African foremost monarch who is also the Spiritual father of all the Yoruba people worldwide closed his speech at the annual Yam Festival with prayers that Nigeria would soon defeat the insecurity menace currently facing the country.

He also prayed for economic progress and agricultural productivity while he symbolically sliced a tuber of yam which is a declaration that farm produce can now be consumed across Yorubaland, afterwh ich tubers of yam and other farm produce were shared among the excited participants.


  1. Who is the Olori looking at like that @first pix?
    Yoruba cultures can be so rich and colourful

  2. The Olori is wearing coloured dress

  3. This olori is so uninteresting.

  4. I respect the Yoruba ppl for carrying on the ancient African spiritual practices. African spiritually should never die because if it does it would truly mean that the entire continent has been fully conquered. While I am not a practitioner of their faith nor am I Yoruba culturally, I will pray that they persevere and continue to uphold the canons of our ancestors. I pray for the same with all indigenous African spiritual practices throughout the continent.

    1. Agreed, you are correct.

    2. spiritual practices to what benefits? witchcraft and all....yes this new yam festival might be harmless but what of all the demonic and harmful ones nko? dressing, music, dances, food, marriage rites yes if not mixed with anything fetish...then again what is the point of new yam festival? nothing. plant yams and let people eat when they are ready for harvest,simple

  5. Beautiful sky


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