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Ewi of Ado-Ekiti breaks 400 years jinx, visits Imesi-Ekiti

Oba Rufus Adejugbe would be the first Ewi of Ado-Ekiti to visit Imesi-Ekiti in 400 years.

• November 5, 2022
Oba Rufus Adejugbe

In his bid to peacefully resolve the 400 years rift between the Ewi-in-Council and the people of Imesi-Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, is set to visit the town on Monday.

The Onimesi of Imesi-Ekiti, Oba Olatunji Olatunde, made this known in a statement on Saturday in Ado-Ekiti.

Imesi-Ekiti is in the Gbonyin Local Government area of the state.

Mr Olatunde said Mr Adejugbe would be the first Ewi of Ado-Ekiti to visit Imesi-Ekiti in 400 years.

According to him, the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti is set to be on the threshold of history as he puts his feet on the soil of Imesi-Ekiti, 400 years after.

The Ewi of Ado-Ekiti will also participate in the annual “Odun Ade Festival” tagged: “Festival of Reconciliation” to welcome the traditional ruler to the town.

He said since 400 years ago, no reigning Ewi of Ado-Ekiti had ever visited the town due to a rift, which he said, had caused disunity between the people of Ado-Ekiti and Imesi-Ekiti.

Mr Olatunji said adequate arrangements were being made to welcome the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti and other traditional rulers to grace the festival.

“The hunters are preparing for the traditional booming of guns and war dance to usher in Ewi of Ado-Ekiti, as a father and harbinger of peace, prosperity and bloom.

“The Ewi of Ado-Ekiti will be home to Imesi people during this year’s “Odun Ade” festival and would be joined by the Onisan of Isan, Oba Gabriel Ayodele Adejuwon and the Chairman traditional rulers council of Ekiti,” he said.

Notable Nigerians would be installed with traditional titles, while awards of excellence would be conferred on others. 


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