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Without ‘Ifa’s existence, there would not have been Google, says Ooni of Ife

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The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, on Wednesday said that the  Google originated from the  ‘Ifa’ also known as the oracle.

The traditional leader said that  without ‘Ifa’, Google would not have been created.

Ogunwusi said  this  during the press tour of the  tourists sites  within the ancient city  ahead of the Tourism Innovation and Development Innovation Conference (TIDA) slated for April 24.

The theme of the forthcoming conference is : ” Impact of Sustainable Tourism Development and Marketing of Tourism Destinations on Host Communities”.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that ‘ 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.

It is also a West African religion and system of divination

Ogunwusi said that ‘Ifa’ as a form divination was all about sourcing for information and knowledge  through traditional consultation.

The traditional ruler said that  the Google could be regarded  as the modern way of  sourcing for past  information and what was likely to happen in the future too.

He said that ‘Ifa’ originated  several thousands of years ago and is seen as the voice of the almighty God referred to as ” Orisa Oke” which is supreme to other lesser gods.

” Without ‘Ifa’, there could  never have  been the  Google, so the  Google is the modern day version of ‘Ifa’ .

” ‘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.”

He said that ‘Ifa’ was still relevant in contemporary time t saying that was why people were still consulting the oracle for information and solutions  to their  problems.

Ogunwusi explained that if the modern day youths and the educated  wanted to know the date of any important event, they would search for it from  the Google.

‘That is part of the functions that Ifa’  does  for its believers and followers;that is the truth but  it may sound strange, ” he said.

The Ooni who is the custodian of the Youruba culture and tradition called on Nigerians to embrace traditional worships  peculiar to their communities.

He said that would not stop them from practising  other modern religions.

(NAN)

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