The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, says whenever people search Google for information, they are consulting ‘Ifa’ – the Yoruba system of divination.
Amuwo Parrot News (APN) understands that ‘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.
And according to the Ogunwusi, who is the custodian of Yoruba culture and tradition, without ‘Ifa’ , google would not have been created.
Ogunwusi made this known during the press tour of the tourists sites within Ife ahead of the Tourism Innovation and Development Innovation Conference (TIDA) fixed for April 24.
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.
According to him, ‘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.
He said, “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.”
But the traditional ruler said that ‘Ifa’ was still relevant today, adding that people still consult the oracle for information and solutions to their problems.