According to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, inside the Ooni’s Palace is a sacred burial ground called Ile Igbo or House of Igbo.
While receiving the Lagos President of the Igbo socio cultural group Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief Solomon Ogbonna, recently, the Ooni disclosed that Ile Igbo is both the royal burial ground of Oonis, and the mythical place where kolanut was first discovered.
“We still have House of Igbo right in this palace till date. We call it Ile Igbo up till now. Our ancestors are buried and transfigured there. That is where…
kolanut was first discovered and nurtured.”
It will be recalled that the Ooni had recently pointed out to Oluyare Compound as being an important Aboriginal compound of the Igbos of Ile Ife.