In the next few weeks, Lagos businesswoman Princess Toyin Kolade would be leading a powerful delegation from the palace of the Ooni of Ife, in Ile-Ife to Brazil to celebrate Aje Festival.
This is in her capacity as the woman who co-ordinates the annual Aje Festival in Ile-Ife. On New Year’s Day, she spoke to City People TV crew on the significance of Aje Festival and why she celebrates every 1st of January.
Your calling as having to celebrate Aje has taken you to so many places, can you tell us what you like about it and what gives you thrill to celebrate it?
Ever since I started celebrating Aje, if I touch people or pray for people they will come back to me with lots of testimonies. Aje is not just an ordinary festival. Everybody loves Aje and everybody prays for it every day of their lives. Only that if your mind is not pure you cannot celebrate Aje; it will never work. I remember when I travelled to Brazil, you need to see how people were trooping in to meet and greet me, because they know the meaning of Aje, it’s just a pity that here we don’t appreciate what we have because of envy. And this shouldn’t be so, it’s all about prayer. I believe in God, I believe in Jesus, but this is our tradition, and we must embrace it. I want to advise everyone here to let our mind be pure always. Let’s love ourselves. Don’t envy anyone. And don’t be jealous of other people’s success. I pray this 2020 is going to be our year of blessing. Goodness and mercy shall follow us in 2020. Aje festival in Brazil will come up in Feb 2nd and February 17th in Ile Ife, Nigeria. I inviting everyone to come and pray. God bless you all.