Women Go Underground As Ife Declares Oro Festival

Ooni-of-IfeWith growing uncertainty over the present state of the Ooni of Ife, Alayeluwa Oba Okunade Sijuade, Oro, a traditional festival of the ancient city, has been declared.
During the period of the declaration of Oro, which will last for seven days, females are to be kept out of sight after 7pm.
Violators of the rule could face dire consequences it was learnt.
While it is unclear the reasons for the declaration of the festival, there is strong suspicion it is not unconnected to the situation surrounding the Ooni of Ife.
The festival is often used to appease the gods through observance of certain rituals for peace and safety for the people of the ancient Yoruba town.