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On entering the shrine, the staff could be seen just about 40 feet away.It has a square shaped elevated demarcation made with stones. On the left is a small grove with tall trees shielding it from visitors.
He was the first Alafin of Oyo and one the kings of Benin in which his lineage are still ruling the empire up to this present day.
Lawrence Omidiora, an Ife indigene, acted as a guide on the tour of the shrine.
“Opa Oranmiyan symbolizes the essence of Ile Ife, first as the traditional source of the Yoruba people because Oranmiyan is a descendant of Oduduwa, the progenitor of the Yoruba race. “As at the time the other Yoruba towns were being established, Oranmiyan played a prominent role in the establishment of traditional rulership in these new locations in Yorubaland.
In the period of the inter-tribal wars, the staff was always consulted before wars and the powers from the staff helped to secure victories over enemies,” he said.
Despite its age and history, the staff still plays an important role in the installation of traditional rulers of some towns and cities.
Although certain traditional rites are performed there, it is still open to tourists.