The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has declared Quilombola, an Afro-Brazilian settlement in Brazil, as a Yoruba territory.
The ceremony took place in the Quingoma community which is located in Lauro de Freitas in the metropolitan region of Salvador on March 19.
The community is popular for housing Yoruba people, who were enslaved and forcibly removed from their base in Nigeria during the era of the slave trade in Africa.
During Ooni’s recent visit to Brazil, he proclaimed the territory as a Yoruba community.
In a statement, the monarch said the recognition of Quilombola as Yoruba territory is another step in the fight for respect for African history.
He also said the move will help preserve the rich and robust history of the Brazilians and the Yoruba people.
“This event is a very big one for me because I am passionate about preserving the Yorubas culture and its deep-rooted values. this event will lay precedence for the Yoruba language and its culture to be more acceptable globally,” he said.
“You can see the excitement on their faces. Their Babalawos are well grounded in the teachings of Ifa and can render the Odu-Ifa and its panegyrics like our Ifa priest do in Nigeria.
“They hold our gods like Sango, Ogun, Yemoja, and Obatala in high esteem. They have designated days to celebrate these gods with colorful displays infused with plenty of aesthetics. They also speak Yoruba which is one thing I love about them.
“It’s very essential to harmonize them and also shows solidarity that we are part of them and they are part of us. this will foster good bilateral trade between Brazil and Nigeria and it will also put the Yoruba culture at an advantage.”
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March 21, 2023 marks a new era for African people in Brazil particularly the Yoruba people all over the world. People who walk hand in hand in favor of the African population, in the fight against racial discrimination. pic.twitter.com/aYfvwafK1M
— Ooni Enitan Ogunwusi (@OoniAdimulaIfe) March 22, 2023