THE Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, has postponed the 2023 annual Aje festival indefinitely over scarcity of new naira notes.
A statement by Ooni’s Director of Media and Public Affairs, Otunba Moses Olafare, on Tuesday, indicated that the decision was taken after a meeting of the Ife Traditional Council, in relation to the current challenges facing the country.
The statement reads in part: “The decision to postpone the prominent Aje festival is in solidarity with Nigerians especially the scarcity of naira notes, fuel and other basic needs that should have made life better for all.
“The Ooni is concerned as a father and he has held meetings with Iyalaje Oodua, Princess Dr Toyin Kolade who is the Festival Coordinator and other relevant stakeholders to ensure that things get fixed as he continues to pray for the country.
“A new date will be announced to the public shortly after the forthcoming presidential election.”
Aje festival is a prominent festival in Yoruba land particularly Ile-Ife, to celebrate and enlighten the people about the spirit of wealth and prosperity.