OONI DECLARES QUILOMBOLA YORUBA TERRITORY IN BRAZIL

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The Ooni of Ife Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has declared Quilombola, an Afro-Brazilian settlement in Brazil, as a Yoruba territory.
The monarch who was on a visit to the South American country for his “Back to Home” project, also presented a Certificate of Territory to the people in a ceremony that took place on Sunday, March 19, in the Quingoma community, located in Lauro de Freitas in the metropolitan region of Salvador.
Quilombola is popular for housing Yoruba people, who were enslaved and forcibly removed from their base in Nigeria during the era of the slave trade in Africa.
Addressing Brazil’s Federal House of Assembly on Tuesday where he officially inaugurated the first-ever National Orisa Day in the country, the Ooni said the recognition of Quilombola as Yoruba territory is yet another step in the fight for respect for African history and a move to further preserve the rich and robust history of the Brazilians and the Yoruba people.

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