The revered Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, has emphasized that the history of the ancient city of Ile-Ife surpasses what is currently available within academic institutions.
This revelation came during a press conference held at his palace in Ile-Ife, in anticipation of the "International Conference on Ile-Ife and Yoruba Civilisation: The Nexus between Tradition and Modernity."
The Ooni praised the organizers of the event for their efforts, highlighting the significant role it would play in the proper documentation of Ile-Ife's rich history. He expressed, "As the 51st Ooni of Ife, in the third dynasty of Ife, I've noticed that there are many untold facts about the interplay of tradition and modernity. Our oral tradition remains insufficiently documented, with numerous facts and figures deviating from the original history of Kaaro-o-o-jiire."
In his quest to establish a lasting legacy for the entire Yoruba people, known as the Kaaro-o-o-jiire race, Ooni Ogunwusi stressed the need to acknowledge that their history goes deeper than what is found in academic institutions. He lauded the passionate team led by Prof. Siyan Oyefeso for their dedication to rectifying this historical gap.
The royal leader also shared intriguing insights, noting that Ghanaians trace their lineage to Aga-Ako in Ile-Ife, while Ethiopians are descendants of Oramiya in Okerewe, the Eredumi ruling house in Ife to this day. Furthermore, Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania have affirmed their migration from Ile-Ife, claiming to be sons and daughters of the source. These revelations, however, are absent from conventional archives.
Ooni Ogunwusi emphasized the global leadership role that Ile-Ife is assuming in documenting the three dynasties, with particular focus on Ife Oodaye and Ife Ooyelagbo. This international conference aims to delve deeply into their histories, examining the rulers and supernatural beings that shaped these dynasties.
Concluding his address, Oba Ogunwusi urged the indigenes to support the conference organizers in their mission to accurately document the history of their race. He emphasized the importance of this endeavor, stating that waiting for external sources to rectify historical inaccuracies would not suffice.