A collection of Royal Crowns in Ekiti State
Ewi's Palace, Ado Ekiti ...An Epitome of Traditional Archictectural Edifice
The rulers of the Towns are Obas like other Yoruba Towns.
Traditionally, the natural rulers in Ekiti State, whose people are Yoruba,
are usually described as sacred or divine kings. Their installation and coronation are
performed with solemn and lengthy rites which set them apart, thereafter living an
ordered ceremonial existence, secluded in their palaces, subjected to the many rituals of court
and approached only with infinite respect.
They rarely appeared in public, except on ceremonial occasions. By ancient customs,
the Obas were not only the heads of their towns and kingdoms, but by their personifications, reincarnating also all their ancestors
back to the origin of the dynasties. They are also the titular heads of all religious sets in their kingdoms. Their appointments are, partly by divination, made by the king makers who are invariably the high chiefs. They are appointed from among the children of past rulers. The ceremonies between their appointments and coronation are elaborate. The sacredness of their offices was neither empty nor nominal; they are regarded by their people as divinity with whose well being, their own conditions are bound up. They are the sources of honour, able to bestow titles and chieftaincies. The Obas are also the fountain of justice.
In the State’s framework, Obas are not expected to take part in partisan politics.
Palaces of traditional rulers are
true symbolical relics of the people culture and tradition.Some of the richly endowed artifacts oriented palace in Ekiti State are the
Ewi of Ado's palace, Elekole of Ikole's palace, Oore of Otun's palace, Alawo of Awo Ekiti palace and a host of others.
Dressing:- The dress for man in Ekiti is Bùbá (round neck shirt) and Sòkòtò (trousers)
While women dress in Bùbá (blouse) and Ìró (wrapper)
Food:- Typical Ekiti man can not do without Iyán in a day, with melon soup, crowned with bush meat