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Sunday, 11 February 2018
Saturday, 13 January 2018
Oyo Alaafin as the Political citadel of the Yoruba is living up to its Glory as the pride of the Yoruba race.
The Alaafin as the Political Head, for the second time in his 48 years on the Throne, has deemed it fit, to cause to be, the-not-too-often-seen Installation of an Aare Ona Kakanfo!
Already and a day before the official installation, 35 Obas were in attendance, including Yoruba Obas from Benin Republic all for the Installation of The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland on Saturday.
Seated here were some Obas, Chiefs and other dignitaries, all around the Iku Baba Yeye as we ponder on the Yoruba question in the context of a Nigerian failing state.
The installation of the Kakanfo is not a ceremony. It is a process that takes 7 days..
In his 7 days of indoctrination, The Aare has gone through several Traditional stages to arrive at when he can be shown openly, to people...
While I am not permitted to retell the stages, layer by layer,
But the last stage was accomplished to this point.
And we all can now joyfully say — We now have a New Kakanfo, The Generalisimo of The Yoruba Army!
It is now Otunba Gani Adams can be greeted in the manner of salutation to the Kakanfo — Loogun Ofe o!
Olori gbogbo eso kaaro-ojiire, loogun ofe oooo! Yoo ju yin se o...Ase Olodumare
Oyapote of Iwoye
Oyabi of Ajase
Adeta of Jabata
Oku of Jabata
Afonja of Ilorin
Toyeje of Ogbomoso
Edun of Gbogun
Amepo of Abemo
Kurumi of Ijaiye
Ojo Aburumaku of Ogbomoso (son of Toyeje of Ogbomosho)
Latoosa of Ibadan
Ladoke Akintola of Ogbomoso
M.K.O. Abiola of Abeokuta
There cannot be a more humbling occasion for me as the one we are in today.
The making of the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland!
Here's The moment A New Aare Ona Kakanfo emerged...!
It was after Otunba Gani Adams had completed the final rites of passage, at the Shango ( god of thunder) shrine, after having done similar initiations in Ogun's ( god of steel) shrine, Eshu's ( the devil) shrine and in conversation with The Earth Mothers of the Bird fraternity.. Awon Iyami Osoronga ( the witches), among other rites ...!
It was the moment Shango gave the final Blessings that Iku Baba Yeye himself, proclaimed him the New Kakanfo!
The ensigns of office of the Aare are, a hat made of red feathers of the parrot's tail, with a projection behind, reaching to the waist, an apron of leopard's skin as well as a leopard's skin to sit on, Always...
The staff of office is the Ojojiko staff, which he brings from Shango's shrine on completion of his final rites, wrapped in Obatala's white cloth, to give to the Iku Baba Yeye, who unwraps it and gives back to the Kakanfo...
It was at that moment the Ojojiko staff was unwrapped by Iku Baba Yeye at, 6.20 hours, Friday 12th January 2018, and presented to him that, Otunba Gani Adams, Officially, became The Kakanfo... And he was immediately Greeted by the Salutation reserved Only for the Kakanfo, of — "Loogun Ofe Ooo", which rented the air...!
Today, the 13th of January, was to unveil The Kakanfo to the whole world in a civic ceremony and reception, where the Red parrot hat and leopard skin are worn by him and draped with the Akoko leaves...
Loogun Ofe to the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland!
By Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo, Ibadan.
Thursday, 28 December 2017
Former football star George Weah has been elected as Liberia's president.
With nearly all ballots from Tuesday's run-off vote counted, Mr Weah is well ahead of opponent Joseph Boakai with more than 60% of the vote.
As news of Mr Weah's victory emerged, his supporters began celebrating in the capital Monrovia.
He will succeed Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first elected female president, in Liberia's first democratic handover in decades.
"My fellow Liberians, I deeply feel the emotion of all the nation," Mr Weah wrote on Twitter after the results were announced.
"I measure the importance and the responsibility of the immense task which I embrace today. Change is on."
Who is George Weah?
Mr Weah starred at top-flight European football clubs Paris St-Germain and AC Milan, before ending his career in England with brief stays at Chelsea and Manchester City.
He is the only African footballer to have won both Fifa World Player of the Year and the prestigious Ballon D'Or.
He entered politics after his retirement from the game in 2002 and is currently a senator in Liberia's parliament.
How did we get here?
Liberia, founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power from one elected president to another since 1994