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Meet the only oba that can look into a crown without a negative effect in Yoruba land

Yoruba rulers wear crowns on state occasions and during public functions. Most are cone-shaped, with forms or features built up, then embellished over the entire surface with beads of vibrant colors.

Beaded Yoruba crowns and other artifacts do not just signify high social status. Beads are considered sacred to the Yoruba, and only kings and priests powerful enough to span the boundary between the secular and the divine are allowed to wear them. The crown (or ade) is the most important object in royal Yoruba regalia, and the right to wear one is limited to a small number of kings (obas) descended from royal families. The beaded veil that hangs down from the headdress is an important part of the crown. By covering the king's face, the veil downplays the king's identity as an individual and reinforces his role as divine leader. The veil is also said to protect onlookers from the king's powerful gaze.

The faces on the crowns represent and honor ancestors, one of whom might be Oduduwa, the mythic founder and first king of the Yoruba people. As such, the faces serve as reminders of the royal line, royal ancestors and the tradition of the monarch

But however it is eminent to note that it's a taboo to look into a crown by a king or an oba in Yoruba land, if any king tries it, it is believed to be the end of the perpetrator.

 The Ologotun is a frontline Oba in Yoruba land and in Ekiti State and by the simple fact that historical document does not record his royal majesty, the Ologotun got independence from any government.

“Ologotun, being a Pelupelu Oba should be the permanent Chairman of Ekiti Southwest Traditional Council as it is the case in Moba, Ijero , Ikole and Ido/Osi. "

He recalled that he assumed the throne in 1985 after there was vacancy since 1976 when his predecessor died , challenging the feuding monarchs to tender any document to confirm the existence of traditional council

at the local government before 1997 when he assumed the position.

Before 1997, sole administrators were being used at the local government level and the local government’s traditional council came into being as a result of the controversy over 5% allocation to traditional rulers.

Ogotun Ekiti is known for their success in weaving of mat but the distinction of its monarch to be able to look into a crown without a negative effect is another feather to its cap

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