The Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, on Wednesday said that search engine, Google originated, from the ‘Ifa’ also known as the oracle.
Ogunwusi said this during the press tour of the tourists sites within the ancient city ahead of the Tourism Innovation and Development Innovation Conference (TIDA) slated for April 24.
Ogunwusi said that ‘Ifa’ as a form divination was all about sourcing for information and knowledge through traditional consultation.
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.
He said that ‘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.
“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.”
He said that ‘Ifa’ was still relevant in contemporary time, saying that was why people were still consulting the oracle for information and solutions to their problems.
The Ooni who is the custodian of the Yoruba culture and tradition called on Nigerians to embrace traditional worships peculiar to their communities.
He said that would not stop them from practicing other modern religions.