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Who is the Yoruba Ooni Yoruba Creation of the World

There is scientific understanding of how the world was created and then there is social folklore. West African Yoruba Creation of the World African Folktale explains in the beginning how the land was formed on earth.

Yoruba Creation of the World African Folklore

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Yoruba Creation of the World African Folklore

Who is the Yoruba OoniThe Yoruba are one of the three largest ethnic groups of Nigeria, also living in Benin and northern Togo. Yoruba have traditionally been among the most skilled and productive artisans of Africa. The Ooni of Ife is the traditional head and is highly revered amongst the Yoruba.

The Ooni of Ife is the traditional head and is highly revered amongst the Yoruba. 

As descendants of Oduduwa, the first king of Ile-Ife who is believed to have been a demi-God who descended from heaven to create the earth, the Oonis are considered sacred. In the southwestern state of Osun that is considered the ancestral and spiritual home of Nigeria's second-largest ethnic group, the Yoruba. 

The third son in a family of six children, the current king, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi a 42-year-old former businessman was selected from 21 contenders to the throne in 2015. He's a descendant of the 44th Ooni of Ife, Ojaja Orasigba, who reigned from 1878 to 1880. Needless to say, the process of selecting an Ooni is complex.

Links to learn more about Yoruba and Africa

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    Ile-Ife Ancient Yoruba City Southwestern Nigeria
    Greatest Yorubaland African Sculptor
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    Proverbs Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo languages
    Why Some Souls Are White and Others Black

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