Some students in the Awo Hall of residence of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun state, Wednesday, mimicked the “Oro” ritual currently going on in the town. The ritual is one of the passage rites marking the ‘ascension to the world beyond’ of late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, Olubuse II.
The students, who clothed themselves in white shrouds, their faces and parts of their body covered in white powder and were seen carrying some effigy, in a manner that mocked traditionalism. In Yoruba mythology, Oro is a tempestuous god that lives in the forest. Its emergence is usually spurred by strange occurrences and it is typified by shrill cry. It is forbidden for women to sight an Oro procession or the deity itself, which consequence is death.
Oba Okuande Sijuade is believed to be dead, an ascription forbidden to Yoruba in telling the death of a monarch. He was believed to have passed on in London, U.K, but his chiefs denied so. Newsbreak.ng correspondent said branches of the trees in the Ooni palace have been cut off and the town deserted, following an announcement by the Ooni’s chiefs on the emergence of the Oro ritual. Sources told Newsbreak.ng that places like Ede Road, Ife-Ilesa Road, Mayfair, Lagere, Ondo Road, Sabo, Road 12, among others, shorn of any form of movements. It is not the same at the outskirt of the town, as people went about their normal businesses.