Following the controversial statement made by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi that ‘Ifa’ is Google, the Ooni has returned with another baffling statement.
This time, the Ooni is saying that the Biblical Tower of Babel is located in Ile Ife.
Speaking during an interview, the Ooni was quoted to have said this “We have Oke Ileri where God actually scattered everybody’s language. That is the story of the tower of Babel. If you are looking for where the Tower of Babel is, it is here in Ife. They are very mystical sites. A lot of people don’t believe it, but that is the truth”
Interestingly, this contradicts every known historical fact about the location of the Tower of Babel.
Historically, it’s location is said to be synonymous with Babylon, a city in modern day Iraq founded on the banks of the Euphrates River in the late 3rd Millennia BC.
As told in Genesis 11:1–9, it is said that it is an origin myth meant to explain why the world’s peoples speak different languages.
According to the story, a united humanity in the generations following the Great Flood, speaking a single language and migrating eastward, comes to the land of Shinar.