Glamour, Cultural Exhibition Ends Osun Osogbo Festival

Osun Osogbo festival ceremonies might have ended, but the glamour and public cultural exhibition added to the festival will continue to linger in the memory of the tourists and the people of the state at large.

Not fewer than 50 categories of masquerades participated in the annual festival, while hundreds of hunters, Sango, Obatala worshipers are in their full regalia to make the grand finale more colourful. Members of Odua People’s Congress (OPC) are also in thousands.

Most of the traditional rulers at the festival also appeared in competitive traditional attires dancing joyfully around the grove to pay homage to Osun Goddess to the admiration of foreign and local tourists.

Last Friday was the real market day of traditional accessories, costumes, and water containers used to fetch Osun water which the worshipers strongly believe in its spiritual efficacy and healing power.

The Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, was surrounded by his Queens and the Osogbo High Chiefs to welcome social and cultural groups who were paying home to the royal father at the Osun Osogbo grove.

The grand finale, chaired by Senator Babajide Omoworare, representing Osun East Senatorial District,    has in attendance, state government top functionaries and political office holders.

Governor, State of Osun,  Rauf Aregbesola, represented by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Simeon Obawale said that the state was blessed with different tourist sites, noting that the Osun Osogbo Festival is unique for attracting local and foreign tourists.

He promised that the government would continue to support Yoruba culture through tourism site development and encourage necessary documentations to showcase the rich culture of Osogbo people.

He congratulated the Ataoja for successfully hosting the 2017 edition of the festival and residents for creating an atmosphere of peace.

Oba Olanipekun, who is the host, expressed delight on the turnout of visitors at the festival.

He thanked Aregbesola and Sen. Omoworare for their support in ensuring the success of the festival.

Omoworare, in his remarks said the law establishing the Nigeria Tourism Development Commission would be reviewed to strengthen tourism development in the country.

Osun Festival: Beauty Of Traditional Hairstyles And Accessories

Osogbo, the capital of the State of Osun, is an ancient Yoruba speaking city in Nigeria. It is sometimes called Ilu-aro (City of Tie and Dye). This traditional industry is one of the major industries of Osogbo. A number of other industries, notably textile, foam making and pencils began to rise after independence, and Osogbo was subsequently made a major industrial development centre by the Government of Nigeria during the 1970s.

Osogbo is the venue for the annual Osun Osogbo festival along the river Osun which takes place precisely August of every year and draws tens of thousands of believers and tourists from both inside and outside the country.  The festival is centered on the sacred groove of the river goddess Osun.

During this festival, there are precisely only two major hairstyles to be done by the Iya Osun and her delegates, as these hairstyles are said to be the two major hairstyles of the Osun goddess. During an interview with Mrs Osundara Oyawale Asiwaju, the Iya Oya of Osun State, she stated that the two major hairstyles of this festival are Shuku and Adimo-eyin and that all other hairstyles seen during the festival are just for fashion. She also brought to our knowledge that the only male that compulsorily makes his hair is Sango’ (God of thunder) and that for every other person is voluntarily.

She said, the use of cowries and all sorts of beads isn’t just for fashion but also symbolises that the hair is made for the deities (orisa).

Also, there are different kinds of beads used during the festival, each having their specific names and to be worn by specific individuals. Some are to be worn on the wrist, ankle, neck, head etc. The use of beads helps to symbolize the followers/children of the deity and some of these beads include “Ide Ifa”, consisting of green and brown colours worn only by the Ifa priest. There is also the Kele Sango which is used by Sango alone and it consists of red and white colors. Also, there is the use of the “Opa-Itele” by the king alone.

Mrs Oyawale also revealed that the use of white beads are for fashion alone as most of them do not imply anything.

Osun-Osogbo Festival: NSCDC Deploys 2000 Personnel

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Osun Command, said on Thursday that it had deployed 2,000 personnel to strategic places as part of security measures for the celebration of the Osun-Osogbo festival.

Mr Philip Ayodele, the State Commandant of the corps, who gave the figure said in a statement in Osogbo, assured residents and visitors coming to Osun for the festival of adequate security before, during and after the celebration.

The Osun-Osogbo festival is a UNESCO certified festival that attracts thousands of tourists from within and outside the country.

The grand finale of this year’s festival, which started two weeks ago, comes up on Friday, Aug. 18.

Ayodele called on the general public to report any unscrupulous act or strange movement to the corps or the closest security agent around them.

The NSCDC statement came as the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Osun Command, Mrs. Folashade Odoro, also assured residents and visitors of security during the festival.

Odoro warned that anyone caught perpetrating crime before, during and after the festival would be arrested and prosecuted.

She warned parents to monitor their children and wards to avoid all forms of crime during the period.




Source: PM News

Osun-Osogbo: Ooni Tasks Worshippers On Need To Improve Osun Groove

By Toba Ajisafe

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi has called all worshippers for the improvement Osun-Osogbo UNESCO world Heritage site for cultural tourism.

Ooni Ogunwusi advocated for this during the celebration of Osun festival in Ile-Ife, ahead of the grand finale of Osun-Osogbo festival, which holds on Friday.

According to the monarch, he said,  development of African cultural heritage is capable of liberating the Continent from economic bondage.

He said “the site, if well upgraded has the capacity to contribute largely to the revenue generation of the state and the country in general.

The traditional ruler reiterated that every community celebrating the river goddess in Nigeria and across the globe must come together to improve the standard of the site in Osogbo.

The Groove is a national treasure for the Yoruba race, which must be harnessed for proper recognition and investment, he added.

Osun Police Vow To Prevent Kidnap Of Arugba

The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Femi Oyeleye, has said the command has beefed up security in the state ahead of the Osun Festival to prevent the plan to kidnap the Arugba Osun.

The CP said this at a press conference he addressed in Osogbo on Wednesday ahead of the festival which will climax on Friday. The Arugba is the key figure and the centre of attraction during the annual festival.

The CP said the police got some intelligence report on the plan to kidnap the Arugba, adding that the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, also reported the plan to him.

Oyeleye said, “We have received intelligence report that some people are planning to kidnap the Arugba Osun.

“The monarch of the town also said this. So, we have increased surveillance around the Arugba to prevent this. We have reinforced security around the Arugba and even the ‘igba’ so that the festival can go on without any hitch.

“We are also assuring worshippers and all visitors of adequate security. The crime rate in Osun State is one of the lowest in the country and we will do everything to sustain this.”

Oyeleye warned some unscrupulous policemen in the state to desist from extortion and misconduct, saying he would not allow anyone of them caught to go unpunished.

The CP stated that he had renewed his drive towards sanitising the command because this was in line with the directive of the acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, to reform the Police.