By Toba Ajisafe
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II has declared Olojo festival adding that Pennsylvania House of Representatives and about 150 other black Americans indicated interest to participate.
Ooni Ogunwusi through his Director, Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Moses Olafare made this known in a statement on Friday in Ile-Ife, state of Osun.
He said “some members of black caucus of Pennsylvania House of Representatives and about 150 other black Americans have already indicated interest to participate during this year’s Olojo festival.
“During Olojo, the sacred Are crown, regarded as the oldest crown in the world is worn by Ooni once in a year.
He therefore called for total repackaging of African culture to remove negative tag put on cultural beliefs of the black race and proper education of the younger generation on the significance of major cultural celebrations of Yoruba people.
“Contrary to the view of many people within and outside the continent, dieties and forbears of the Africans were all servants of God, who did exceptionally well in delivering on the mandate given to them by God.
The festival which was slated for 30th of September, he highlighted activities and events lined up to make the festival a rewarding outing for tourists and participants alike, Ooni said 2017 Olojo will feature reorientation workshop for the youth on culture, football competition, ayo Olopon, fashion show and traditional musical night.