Traditional rites: New Owa-Ale returns to Palace after 21days on Ikare Hills

By: Ado Adeboye

After spending twenty one days with his ancestors on popular Hills behind his palace as part of his traditional rites, the new Owa-Ale of Ikare Akoko, Oba Adeleke Adedoyin, has returned to the Palace with fanfare and jubilation from his subjects.

The hill is where Ikare people derive their popular cognomen, “Omo Oloke meji, tako tabo” and history has it that some past Owa-Ale and their subjects lived on the hills before settling in their present location.

As part of second stage of traditional rites to ascend Owa-Ale’s throne, every new monarch must spend 21days on the hills to interface with his ancestors and to seek royal blessing for the community.

Oba Adeleke Adedoyin who stepped down from the hill at exactly 9am today at Okegbe quarter was given a royal welcome, as residents, elders and high chiefs of the ancient town trooped out in their numbers to dance with him to his Enuowa palace at Okorun quarter.

The new monarch whose selection was approved by the Ondo state Executive Council last month, had since been crowned the 18th Owa-Ale and prayed for peaceful coexistence and progress of Ikare, Ondo state and Nigeria at large.

Speaking on the significance of the rite, the Olokoja of Okoja, High Chief Idowu Ogunye stated that the traditional practice was paramount could not be circumvented for the progress of Ikare.

He further explained that the ancestors have prayed for Oba Adedoyin within the twenty one days he spent on the hill.

On his own part, the Olona of Okegbe- Ikare, High Chief Rafiu Okunade, underscored the fact that it is mandatory for newly appointed Monarch to leave the Palace for twenty one days.

High Chief Okunade confidently said the end of the second phase was an indicator that the reign of the new Owa-Ale would bring forth developments into the town.

In his simple reaction, the Asoju Oba of Ikare, Chief Olabisi Babajide, charged Oba. Adedoyin to use the influential royal stool to usher in higher institutions in order to mitigate societal decadence that has eaten deep the fabrics of the nation.

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