Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, ooni of Ife, says Google, one of the world’s most popular internet search engine came from “Ifa”, a Yoruba oracle.
The monarch said this on Wednesday, while addressing a press tour of the tourists sites within Ife, ahead of the tourism innovation and development innovation conference (TIDA) to hold on April 24.
According to NAN, ‘Odu Ifa’ refers to the verses of the literary corpus that are usually consulted by people who believe in its efficacy before embarking on any project or activity.
Ifa which is also a religion in Nigeria and system of divination, according to the Ooni, is a form divination used for sourcing information and knowledge through traditional consultation.
“That is part of the functions that Ifa’ does for its believers and followers; that is the truth but it may sound strange.”
‘Ifa’ came to be several thousands of years ago and is referred to as the voice of the almighty God known as ‘Orisa Oke’.
”Without ‘Ifa’, there could never have been the google, so the google is the modern day version of ‘Ifa’,” the monarch said.
“‘Ifa’ is all about information, getting knowledge from the almighty God.
“Whenever you search the google for information or knowledge, you are consulting ‘Ifa’; and without ‘Ifa’, there would not have been the google.”