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Custodian of the deity inside the Olumo Rock in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Chief Mrs. Sinatu Aduke Sanni, popularly known as ‘Iya Olumo’ is dead.

Iya Olumo reportedly died on Wednesday at the age of 137.

Her son, Solomon Adio, who confirmed her death on Thursday, said his mother died at her Itoko residence in Abeokuta after a brief illness.

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He said, “Mama lived in one of the enclaves under the rock for more than 40 years where she served the gods of the rock.

“Mama would have been 138 years old by August 5. She died after a brief illness.

“She was the mother of the diety. We are going to miss her a lot. Mama lived her life for the rock, for the diety. She was dedicated to the gods.”


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It is widely believed that the Olumo rock, which is being worshipped by traditionalists in Abeokuta, is inhabited by spirits.

Egba people are known to revere the mountain for the natural refuge it created for them during the 19th-century inter-tribal warfare.



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