Mama Olumo’s death will draw tourists to Olumo Rock

The Olumo Rock mother godess, Chief Mrs. Sinatu Aduke Sanni, who died early this week in Abeokura, the Ogun State capital has been buried according to
Orisa Egun traditional rites.

Mrs Sanni, died last Monday at the age of 137 after a brief illness. He would have been 138 next August.

Mama Olumo’s grandson, Mr Samad Sanni disclosed to journalists that his grand mother was buried on Thursday night.

According to him, she was buried in her room at the family house behind the Olumo rock.

“We buried her last night, according to Orisa traditional rite. Mama belongs to Orisa Egun, and there is nothing we can do than to bury her in that rite.

“Anyone who is an Orisa Egun cannot be buried outside, they’re buried inside their house, so mama was buried inside her room. All other activities will follow after the burial rite.

“Mama’s family is not from Orisa Egun, but it was when mama was looking for children, that was what brought mama into serving Orisa Egun,” he stated.

Meanwhile, Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr Toyin Taiwo has said that “Mama’s passage would
propel more tourists to visit Olumo Rock.

This she added would be in their bid to confirm the story of her death.

Taiwo said this when he visited the family house of the late Mama goddess to deliver a letter of condolence from Governor Dapo Abiodun to the family.

Reading the letter, the commissioner expressed the compassion of the state government towards the centenarian’s death.

“When we heard of mama’s passing, as a government, we have to show up here and identify with the family at this moment to condole with them.

“Mama is a custodian of our histories, culture and tradition. We’re going to miss her greatly in terms of the history and truth of Egbaland and in terms of the tourism because mama, herself has become a tourist center because of the way people jostle to see and heard from her,” he said.

He said many of the histories heard from Mama had been documented and available at the ministry for reference.

Responding to a question on immortalising the late goddess, the commissioner said: “you should be sure that if somebody has made an impact on humanity, the government is going to do the needful”.

Mama Olumo’s first child, Mrs Mosinat Amusa, lamented the passage of her mother, saying that no one wished her parent’s death even at old age.

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