An association of Yoruba people in Cuba, known as Asociación Yoruba de Cuba, has commiserated with the Yoruba race and the Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola, on the death of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade.
The group in a condolence letter sent to the governor, joined other Yoruba people all over the world to mourn the transition of a “worthy ambassador and a pride of the Yoruba race with deep sorrow.”
The letter signed by its President, Sir. Awo José Andino, noted that the organisation and her people in Cuba share in the pain and sorrow of other Yoruba people, praying that God will console the family over the loss of the late monarch.
According to the letter, “With deep sorrow over the passing away of the Ooni of Ife, Yoruba traditional leader and friend of Cuba, we join wholeheartedly the pain of the Yoruba people and his family for the loss of such a dear friend.”
Members of the Cuban-based association are the Council of Elder Priests of Ifa of the Republic of Cuba, Council of Elder Priests Oba-Oriaye of Cuba and Council of Elder Iyalochas Priestesses of Cuba.
Others are Council of Elder Babalochas Priests of Cuba, Council of Elder Arará Priests of Cuba and Council of Priests Chiefs of Cabildos of the Republic of Cuba.