THE Ooni of Ife, Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, says the popular search engine, Google, originated from the oracle in Yoruba mythology, Ifa.
Ogunwusi said this, on Wednesday, during a press tour of the tourists sites within the ancient city ahead of the tourism innovation and development innovation conference, TIDA, slated for April 24.
The theme of the forthcoming conference is: Impact of Sustainable Tourism Development and Marketing of Tourism Destinations on Host Communities.
The traditional leader said that without ‘Ifa’, Google would not have been created. NAN reports that ‘Odu Ifa’ refers to the verses of the literary corpus that are usually consulted by people who believe in its efficacy before embarking on any project or activity.
It is also a West African religion and system of divination Ogunwusi said that the Google could be regarded as the modern way of sourcing for past information and what was likely to happen in the future too.
He said: “Ifa originated several thousands of years ago and is seen as the voice of the almighty God referred to as ‘Orisa Oke’ which is supreme to other lesser gods. “Without ‘Ifa’, there could never have been the google, so the google is the modern day version of Ifa. “Ifa is all about information, getting knowledge from the almighty God.
“Whenever you search the google for information or knowledge, you are consulting ‘Ifa’; and without “Ifa”, there would not have been the google.” He said Ifa was still relevant in contemporary time, that was why people were still consulting the oracle for information and solutions to their problems. “That is part of the functions that Ifa’ does for its believers and followers; that is the truth but it may sound strange,” he said.