The Ooni of ife, Adeyeye Ogunwusi ojaja II has denounced claims that Yoruba history is being distorted claiming that the history of the Yoruba race is too real to be distorted.
Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi was speaking at the celebration of obalufon festival, a festival for two of ife’s greatest rulers.
Obalufon Ogbognodirin and obalufon alayemore were father and son but they both ruled in Ife.
While Obalufon ogbogbodirin became the 4th Ooni of ife, reigned for several centuries before his transfiguration into an iron figurine, he was survived by his son obalufon alayemore who reigned for 400 years before his people sent him on errand where he was said to have set up many kingdoms like Lagos, ikorodu, remo, ido-osun and Efon alaaye among others.
The reing of both obalufons was said to have witnessed tremendous development in the mastery of arts and artifacts with great initiatives in bronze and teracotta artwork as well as trade and industrial relations, economy.
Efforts are said to being made by the ooni and other stakeholders to trace all the descandants particularly across over 80 towns and kingdoms which were established by the obalufon alayemore to trace their roots back to ife and obalara compound where it all began.
However, as much as the story of obalufon ogbogbodirin and obalufon alayemore, two of Yoruba’s most renowned rulers, like other aspect of Yoruba history continue to face its challenges, the Ooni of ife says Yoruba’s and indeed the black race must rise to tell their story as, according to him, the history of the Yoruba race and the black race as a whole can never be suppressed or distorted.
To commemorate the obalufon festival a new statue of the obalufon has been erected at the ile oodua palace of the Ooni in ile ife, Osun state.