The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi (right) being presented the copy of a book entitled, Ayinla Omowura: Life and Times of an Apala Legend, by its author, Dr. Festus Adedayo, in his Oyo palace.
While recommending the book for public reading, as one that dwelt on the culture, language and traditional music of the Yoruba people, Oba Adeyemi also called for a return to what he called ‘the roots’ to be able to fashion indigenous solutions to the problems as Africa, be they health or otherwise.
According to the foremost monarch, Yoruba traditional medicine, in times past, treated all manner of diseases, ranging from smallpox, diabetes, hay fever and traditional herbalists were capable of sending people on message by telepathy, wondering whether those powers had left the people.
“There were no sicknesses or diseases under the surface of the earth that our forefathers were not capable of healing. I know that those powers are still potent and are present in us today,” he said.