Ile Ife is an ancient town in Osun state and is considered the cradle of Yoruba civilisation.
According to Yoruba myth, Oduduwa, the father of the Yoruba race ‘landed’ in Ife. The ancient town is the home of the Ooni of Ife who is considered the most powerful monarch in Yoruba land.
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Ile Ife is an embodiment of history and culture. The town has maintained and kept standing some buildings and structures that reflect the historical and cultural significance that it is known for.
A visit to the town by Naij.com revealed a sense of the town’s obstinate desire to hold on to culture and tradition and it is almost as if the town has not moved on with the trend of other towns.
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Naij.com’s photojournalist, Emmanuel Osodi provides pictures of beautiful and ancient structures from Ile Ife that reflect the historical significance of the town.
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An ancient building in Ile Ife / Photo Emmanuel Osodi
The structures are inhabited by the young and old / Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
Another colorful ancient building inside Oni Of Ife’s palace / Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
An old structure with a triangular shape in the city of Ile-Ife / Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
The buildings are reminiscent of colonial buildings/ Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
An ancient Mosque building / Photo Emmanuel Osodi
The buildings are reminiscent of colonial buildings / Photo Emmanuel Osodi
Some of the buildings have different shapes / Photo: Emmanuel Osodi
Oduduwa statue at the centre of Ile-Ife, the part way to the Oni of Ife palace / Photo: Emmaanuel Osodi