The media team from the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi have come forth to defend the ritualistic gesture of the monarch’s new bride, Evangelist Seyi Naomi, saying that the substance of the ground in the viral photo was Camwood and not blood.
The repudiation is coming on the heels of criticisms and condemnation that trailed the photograph which in some social media platforms was juxtaposed with the Olori’s photo in church carrying out prophetic activities.
However, whether blood or Cam wood, a Nigerian professor, Danoye Oguntola-Laguda, has spoken in defence of the Olori and her ritualistic act.
The Professor of Religious studies and Head of the Lagos State University’s Epe Campus, shared his opinion on the viral photo, saying that the gesture was a symbolic value that should be appreciated.
He wrote on the social media saying; “I read many reactions to the new marriage of Oni of Ife. I have also read condemnation of the action of the new bride, an evangelist stepping into her new home on the blood of an animal. Some said it is about tradition. Some said it is fetish.
Others are quick to label her as a ritualist. Permit me to say that blood is very central to many religions in our world today. All taking their origin in the Ancient Near East. Thus the expression”blood of the lamb”. The eid ahdah celebration is about blood offering to the Almighty creator of humanity.
The anthropologists among us will tell inform on the value of blood to our existence. Thinking of female monthly flow. Without it no life. Based on these premises I wish to submit that the new bride of Oni has done nothing wrong based on the traditions of the Ife people, Yoruba and humanity as a whole.
We should see the blood as a symbolic sacrifice to Olodumare. They signify a new beginning for the bride and groom. I pray we don’t condemn the act but appreciate the symbolic value of the stepping on blood. It is about life not death as in death, blood cease to flow. I await comments.”