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LATE HRM OBA FESTUS IBIDAPO ADESANOYE "CFR"
OSUNFBEDELOLA 11, OSEMAWE AND PARAMOUNT RULER OF ONDO KINGDOM 1991 - 2006

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Happy New Year 2015

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As we all know, the survival instinct can also lead to a primitive instinct. This attitude may also be responsible for the disinclination of the Ondos to cooperate with one another so as to form a common front. It is everyone for himself and God for all syndrome.

If the Ondos can moderate their cynical attitude in favour of an attitude that encourages the principle of being one another brother's keeper, there is no doubt that the Ondo will fly like eagles and not be weary. All Ondos have a part to play in this great movement for the sensitization of our people and the emancipation of active ideals such that it may be said of us “we did what was within our means to do

Late High Chief Bayo Akinnola

MFR, NPMA, KJW "OJO GBOGBO BI ODUN"

"Lisa of Ondo Kingdom 2001 - 2013"

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It is time to trade respect as a reciprocal irrespective of age, sex, influence or personality within the society in the interest of unity among Ondo Ekimogun Sons and Daughters and establish an achievable vision for Ondo Kingdom.

 

It is time to remove the cloud of negativity among us and think positively together with embracement of the path of honour for the betterment of our Community.

Chief (Otunba) Damilola Oladimeji

POH, ECHGA, GIOU "OJO GBOGBO BI ODUN"

Royal Ambassador - Ondo Kingdom

Ekimogun Day 2010

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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 06:21

Philosophical Milestones Of Life for Men

If at 20 years, you are still confused about the path to take in the journey of life, do not worry as the directions are not clear-cut at this age.

If at 30 years, you still have not found your way to the path, hurry up because some of your contemporaries in your age bracket have already started the journey. This again, is the time to be close to your God and deepen your spiritual awareness.

 

If at 35, you have not found a woman to cushion the roller-coaster effect that the ride of life often is, better make the plunge because lifelong habits become ossified around this age: whether you become a responsible father/husband or an alcoholic lay-about is determined right at this juncture.

If at 40, you are still not sure whether your wife is right for you - that is, whether you are in a hopeless entanglement - this is the age to take a decisive action and go on with your life. If you don't, nothing from this age ever will fall into place; even your children will probably not see your viewpoints in the event of major matrimonial misunderstandings.

 

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The Features Of Yoruba Religion.

Like many West African natives, Yoruba practiced the traditional religion, before the introduction of Christianity and Islam. Each community has individual deity (or deities) peculiar to its devotional needs, for instance:

Ifẹ worship Ọlọjọ, Ọyọ worship Ṣango, Ibadan worship Oke, Ijẹbu has Agẹmọ, Ẹgba worship Alalẹ, Ondo worship Ogun. Despite the peculiarity, Yoruba religion in the past revolved around these five common elements:

1] Belief in Olodunmare the most important Entity in the universe, the creator of heavens and the earth, who has no beginning.

2] Belief in Deities/Orisas- small entities created by Olodunmare who were given specific assignments; they served as go between Olodunmare and humans. Records showed that Yoruba has about 401 deities; some of these lesser deities are Ọrunmila-the custodian of knowledge-represented by Ifa (while Babalawos are the human intermediaries who reveal the Ọrunmila message to humans). Ọbatala, is the molder of human bodies; Ogun, is the god of war and iron, very popular and deified in all Yoruba towns and villages in the times past. Ṣango, the human-turned-god is the god of thunder. Yemọja, the goddess of water is worshipped by Yoruba who live on the coast. In Yoruba pantheon, there are two categories of deities (oriṣa), those created by Olodunmare directly, and the second group, are human-turned-deity such as: Ṣango, Ọṣun, Ọya. These individuals, according to history, became deified because of uncommon role they played when they were alive; power they wielded and sacrifice made on behalf of their people. For instance, Ọyọ people will always be grateful to Ṣango for helping when Owu kingdom attacked Ọyọ and took Ajaka-Oko as captive to Owu. It was Ṣango, who saved Ajaka and Oyo from the humiliating situation. Yoruba have several of these deified individuals at town, community and even at regional level.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 August 2013 09:34
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Our Culture and Language Must Not Be Mistaken

A contemporary Yoruba Muslim or Christian is wary of saying ASE because it is common amongst the traditionalists. And some do not want to say OLODUMARE because they think it is the name of a deity. Others do not want to say AJE AWA (a statement that is common among the Yorubas for traders to make good sales) believing that Aje is a deity.

Hence, saying 'Aje awa- you shall make sales or sales shall come' is close to disbelief. I say, all those things are misunderstandings. ASE is the Yoruba word for Amen(Europe) or Amin (Asia).

Last Updated on Sunday, 04 August 2013 16:19
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Ondo Kingdom - Why We Are, Where We Are

Late High Chief Bayo Akinnola (Lisa of Ondo Kingdom)

There are some fundamental things that determine or dictate the way we are and to a great extent, what we do. In simple terms, this situation is believed to be affected by who your parents are, from whom certain attributes are inherited; the environment in which you live in terms of the limitation or opportunities that the physical environment confers and the exposure it allows. Other factors, which are of great relevance in this regard, are the custom and tradition; the norm of the society into which one is born and in which one lives in terms of their intrinsic value systems.

In considering the Ondo situation, it is only natural to evaluate her against the backdrop of these identifiable parameters even though the list cannot be regarded exhaustive.

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Our People Should Re-think About The Neglect of Our Culture

It  is time for our people to have re-think about the neglect of our culture. It is obvious that civilization to some extent has tremendously transformed the world from the primitive period to the present level where technology has made the world to be a global village which has further brought advancement in the traditional ways of living and production. In spite of these facts, some societies still hold tenaciously to their cultural practices which are further demonstrated in their system of naming, language/dialect, dressing, family upbringing among others. An adage says "Any river that forgets its source will dry up one day". Today there is no doubt that this adage has come into reality as we the Ondos are gradually forgetting our source by neglecting certain areas of our cultural practices in the name of civilization, religion, economic and political evolution.

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