Jubilation as 70 black Americans trace their ancestral lineage to S/West state, are received by Oba (photo)
– The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, has received 70 black Americans who traced their ancestral lineage to the state
– The monarch stressed the need for Oyo Yoruba traditions to be conserved as an international heritage of exceptional value
– He also chided Europe for its colonization and hegemony of Africa, which he described as a cultural project which set out to destroy other cultures
Seventy black Americans on Saturday, May 26, traced their ancestral lineage to the ancient town of Oyo.
The visitors were received by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, at a civic reception organized in their honour, The Nation reports.
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NAIJ.com gathers that the monarch appealed to individuals, as well as state governments and the federal government, to embark on re-integrating Yoruba’s across the globe back to their ancestral roots, as a matter of urgency. He said this would save their souls from continued trauma.
The monarch also stressed the need for Oyo Yoruba traditions to be conserved as an international heritage of exceptional value, by world leaders.
He stated: “Concerted efforts must be intensified at increasing inspiration to become national or to recognise nationhood.
“So with that, we see the Yoruba in the Diaspora, as it is popularly called, to be the Yoruba that will greatly guide and influence the Yoruba in the ancient homeland, who for the most part are tending to move away from a sense of preservation of their own culture and tradition, particularly religion.
“As a people, our culture, politics and religious experience have been extremely unfulfilled. The Yoruba’s are now falling in the same condition through which the African Americans had allowed themselves to be seduced by preachers of a foreign gospel.
“We know that the universalist inspiration which has come to the Yoruba through Christianity and Islam has reduced their concern or allegiance to their own god; and by extension, to their own nationality.
“The Yoruba will be very much reduced in their political, cultural and spiritual development by their seduction into these alien religions.”
The royal father also chided Europe for its colonization and hegemony of Africa, which he described as a cultural project which set out to destroy other cultures and super-impose their own cultures and values on the people, in order to perpetuate the relationship of inequality and inequity.
He added: “In spite of the assaults, African culture has demonstrated its resilience, and beyond that, relevance in a troubled and confused world.
“Yoruba culture is today spreading and attracting many studies. It has been said that Yoruba is the best studied African civilization and has attracted the attention of the largest number of scholars, leading to the production of impressive number of publications.
“Without doubt, we can find strength in unity. This has become imperative so that whenever our brothers and sisters in Diaspora come home, they won’t be complainers about how things are not working; but rather, they would see themselves as partners and partakers in the overall development for a better future of their home land.”
Oba Lamidi further pointed out that today, the Alaafin is duty bound to stand for, and in defence of every Yoruba soul either on the continent of Africa or elsewhere in the global community.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III recently threw a lavish naming ceremony for his royal children – two sets of twins delivered by two of his wives.
The twin girls welcomed by Olori Memunat were named Princess Iradat Adetoun and Princess Hamidat Adedayo; while the twin boys welcomed by Olori Ajoke were named Prince Mubarak Adedamola and Prince Hammed Adeleye.
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