IT was a great loss to the people of Osogbo, Osun State capital on Monday, as the Austrian Osun Grove frontline devotee, Susan Wenger popularly known as Adunni Olorisa died in her Oke Baale home Osogbo at the age of 94.
Wenger was on a research mission to Osun Grove in the 50’s in company of Ulli Beier, whom she was once married to, when she was eventually held up by the river goddess, since when she had been keeping the grove.
Ever since the time she was tied down by the goddess, she has been the rallying point as she was reported to have taken the Osun grove to international level.
OSUN DEFENDER gathered that Wenger, who was also an art enthusiast during her lifetime died at about 2. pm on Monday.
She single-handedly authored carved artistic works on the wall of Osun Shrine when she was keeping the grove.
Her efforts compelled the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to include the Osun Osogbo Festival in the list of international festivals.
Meanwhile, Adunni Olorisa in her lifetime reportedly directed that after she might have died, no one should be able to locate her tomb, as she did not want the white people to turn her tomb to a tourist location.
But contrary to her directive, it was gathered that the Austrian-born artist was buried around the grove.
By KAZEEM MAHAMMED