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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi got his first child with Queen Naomi Silekunola in November. The good news of the King's newborn was a very happy situation for the people of Ife and the Yoruba's at large. Coming after the news that the Oba got a new prince it was made clear that the king can not set his eyes on the newborn because it is forbidden for the Ooni to set his eyes on a newborn. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Base on this information that has surfaced the internet BBC Yoruba went on to investigate and get to find reasons the Ooni of Ife cannot set his eyes forth on a newborn even his prince.
On the course of this findings the Agbesin Adimula of Ila Orogun, Chief Fagbenle Adebayo granted an interview with the media house and explain why the King cannot see his own new-born. Chief Fagbenle Adebayo also made it clear that he is also a kingmaker in Ila Orogun. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The Chief said that it is not the Kings alone that are bound not to see a new-born. The chief added that Kingmakers are also forbidden to see newborn.
The chief said the reason the Ooni of Ife can not see a new-born is that it is the Ifa(Oracle) that is involved in making kings who they are. The chief added that the tradition needs to adhere to by the King and not seeing a newborn is something that the Yoruba tradition forbade the kings from seeing.
He disclosed that the prince was not born in the Ooni's palace but the neighbouring town's Federal Medical Centre Owo. Chief Adebayo made it clear that the Ifa forbids kings from doing lots of things and not seeing a new-born is also one. He said it is not just the Ooni that this applies for but other kings in Yoruba land. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
He made it clear that the King can not see the newborn's hair too. He said this will last for six months. The chief added that the Ooni of Ife is a custodian of tradition and that why he will adhere to the tradition of the land.
NEWS SOURCE; BBC YORUBA
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