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THE SIGNICANCE OF ORANMIYAN’S STAFF AT ILE-IFE

THE SIGNICANCE OF ORANMIYAN'S STAFF AT ILE-IFE

The history of Yoruba is certainly not complete without reference to Oranmiyan, a direct descendant of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the race. Oduduwa was believed to have descended from heaven and landed on Ile-Ife, Osun State, and from where he founded other Yoruba towns.

Oranmiyan was a warrior who fought many wars and never lost any. He is today remembered for all he did for the Yoruba race, and Ile-Ife in particular with a staff he erected at Mopa, Ile-Ife, after he returned from a war where he captured a whole town. The staff known as “Opa Oranmiyan,” erected over four centuries ago is still being celebrated as Yoruba and foreigners from all walks of life pay homage to the staff.

One significant feature of the Oranmiyan staff is its consistent size despite its long age, as it does not increase or decrease in size or shape. The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), and the Osun State Government have also developed the site where the staff is located, turning it into a tourist site. It is being managed by the state Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

A recent visit shows that the site has been decorated with various antiquities from the entrance to the groove. The antiquities were placed at the groove and the staff with a white rapper covering part of it is positioned strategically for all eyes to behold. For more knowledge about the oranmiyan staff, tour Ile Ife with Four Seasons Travel Managers.

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