On the evening 7th January, people gathered at the city of Ile-Ife to celebrate the Oshoosi Temple, the father of philanthropy and religious congregation for purity and sanity.
According to the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, many religions started from the Oshoosi Temple as it is regarded as the house of God.
The Ooni said the Yoruba traditional religion is a tool in solving the challenges of peace and love in Nigeria and Africa, stating that people must develop positive vibes towards African traditions in order to resolve the challenges.
“This is a landmark festival for us. Mankind started from the tropical Africa and it is the most populous. This is one of the historical landmarks to prove that everything started from the continent of Africa and Nigeria which is the most populous nation that belongs to the black race,” said the Ooni.
“We are here at the Obatala Temple and also the Oshoosi Temple to celebrate. Oshoosi temple is where the gathering (religious) started from. Religion should be used to preach peace and unity.
“We must do what we preach and the foundation must be solid. The entire black race should see this as their culture and tradition. We have to propel it well.
“We are not hiding anything. We are preaching peace, unity and peaceful co-existence which is the problem of many societies in Africa. Believing in the positivity of our ancestral religion will help to solve all these problems.
The festival was attended by dignitaries from different countries and continents in the world including America. and the Ooni narrated that most of the world’s religions have ancestral linkages, explaining that one of those things that made Oshoosi temple unique was the succor that people get when they visit it.
“The guardian that Oshoosi Temple used was called ‘Ka to ka ki ki ki, ka fi enu re so le‘ in which catholic and Catholicism came from,” he said. “It is the congregation that led to Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Islam; many other religions started from here.
“It is the house of God. What they do here is to take care of the less privileged people, the downtrodden, the oppressed, and people who are low in spirit and that has been happening up till date.
“But when Westernisation came, all the cultures and traditions were bastardised. People were made to believe that they are not good things. What we do basically is nature driven and we want to showcase to the world that indeed everything started from here.”
According to historians of the Yoruba tribe, Oshoosi was founded thousands of years before Jesus Christ and Prophet Muhammad (SAW) came. It is one of the early creations of God.