According to history, Ile-ife has been ruled by different king’s. As a matter of fact, 50 king’s before the present king called Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; (Ọjájá II) making it 51 king’s.
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; (Ọjájá II) (born 17 October 1974) is the 51st and current Ooni of Ife. He is the traditional ruler/monarch of the Yoruba kingdom of Ile-Ife. He acceded to the throne in 2015 succeeding the deceased Oba Okunade Sijuwade who was the 50th Ooni of Ife.
According to emese Ooni of ife palace, said only four bodies of the 50 late king’s are conserved inside the palace while the remaining 46 Bodies are nowhere to be found. Some of these bodies turn into oracles, god’s, staff, trees and many others.
The four bodies of the remaining kings were kept inside different room’s. I told him I would like to see with my eyes and he carried me inside each room where each of the four king’s bodies was buried.
What surprises me the most is that each room we are about to enter, he knocks three times before opening the door. It was well conserved.
When exploring the palace, I saw a pool of water well surrounded, decorated around the circle and preserved. Immediately I asked him what is the work of this water and why is the water preserved. He said the water is one of the Queen of the late king’s who turned into that water. And also if you take a cup of water from there, before getting to the gate, the water will return there. That nobody can take the water away from the palace. I carry out my own experiment and guest what?…….. Let’s leave it for another day.
There is this place inside the palace Called Ile-Ase meaning ” A house of Prayer” and I was instructed not to video or take pictures. This place is meant for prayers. In Fact I was informed that some celebrities and dignitaries come there for prayers.
I also touch down the emese Ooni of ife palace guard. The Emeses are like the palace guards but their job is much more than just guarding the palace. They are responsible for guarding the palace, settling conflicts and they also form part of the Royal guide. They can easily be identified with their hairstyle, they have half of their hair shaved while the other half have not shaved or should I say bald head.
They still have the emese court as a place where conflicts between members of the community are being handled. They bring in the two parties for questioning before settling their differences.
Also, there is a police station inside the premises. If you want to report or file a case following the legal way without going through the traditional way, you go straight to the police station..
I was opportune to see the Ooni of ife Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi; (Ọjájá II) but that opportunity was taken when ekiti state governor arrived to pay him a visit..
The magnificent beauty of the palace is something else. Well arrange and organize with different structures mounted inside the place.
Anytime you visit Ile-ife try touch down to the oba palace. Tourism is life….
I’m Dennis Chukwuebuka Okeke AKA Onye-njem one of AFRICA your number one celebrity Tourist.