Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife, has officially presented a Certificate of Yoruba Territory to Quilombola territory in Brazil, making the city the first outside Africa to receive the title.
The highly regarded Yoruba king also addressed Brazil’s Federal House of Assembly on Tuesday, officially inaugurated the country’s first-ever National Orisa Day.
According to a statement issued by Ogunwusi’s Media Assistant, Moses Olafare, Ogunwusi addressed the Brazilian Parliament at a special session for Isese Practitioners commemorating the national day of the Orisa religion in Brazil.
The Ooni stated that the royal visit aimed to bridge the Yoruba race’s divide with the rest of the globe via cultural integration and globalization of Yoruba culture in the diaspora.
According to him, the Royal Father and his entourage from Nigeria landed in the Brazilian state of Bahia on Sunday and met with President Lula da Silva in Brasilia on Monday.
The title was bestowed upon the Ooni in the Quingoma community of Lauro de Freitas, in the Metropolitan District of Salvador.
People of Quilombola celebrated the delivery of the title of Yoruba territory, which would help to enhance and protect the community’s Yoruba history, culture, and language.
Research revealed that the rich and vibrant history of the Brazilians and the Yoruba people dated back in time.
“Their Babalawos are well versed in Ifa teachings and can perform the Odu-Ifa and its panegyrics as our Ifa priests do in Nigeria,” said Ooni.
According to him, the Brazilians revere their gods like as Sango, Ogun, Yemoja, and Obatala and have set days to celebrate them with colorful displays infused with plenty of aesthetics.
“They also speak Yoruba which is one thing I love about them; It’s really necessary to harmonize them and also show solidarity that we are part of them and they are part of us.
“This will promote good bilateral trade between Brazil and Nigeria, and it will also benefit the Yoruba culture,” he added.
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