Video: Ooni Parades Ife With Aare Crown During Olojo Festival
Historically, it is known that there is a strong relationship between the sacred Aare crown and the Ogun deity, the god of iron, due to the crown’s iron component. The crown must be brought before the Ogun deity at the Okemogun shrine during the annual Olojo festival celebration in Ile Ife.
According to Ifa oral tradition, corroborated by a chief priest of the Aare crown, the crown is believed to attract people to itself when the Ooni wears it.
During the Olojo festival, people often troop out to behold the crown and on sighting it, they offer prayers because the presence of the sacred crown symbolises peace, unity, blessing and prosperity.