Ojude Oba Festival 2016

Ojude Oba is a Yoruba festival that takes place in Ijebu Ode, a local government in Ogun State, Nigeria. It is celebrated annually on the third day after Eid al-Kabir.

The festival began over 100 years ago when the first converted Muslims thought it fit to visit the Awujale to thank and felicitate with him for cooperating with them in allowing them to practice their religion. Today, many people attend the festival across the country.

During the festival, the sons and daughters of the ancient town troops to the Palace to pay homage to their traditional ruler, the Awujale, Oba Sikiru Adetona (Ogbagba II). Groups made up of different age grades, called Regberegbes, Oloroguns [war chiefs], other categories of chiefs and people of the town also come out in mass gaily dressed to pay homage.

The parade of the Regberegbes starts before the Baloguns and Dodondawas on horseback with sporadic shooting, creating a funfare and colourful atmosphere. It was the peak of the festival.

The festival is usually sponsored by the Awujale, the people of Ijebu-Ode, individuals and corporate organizations.

The 2016 Edition of festival despite the heavy rain was successful as it displayed tradition and culture wrapped in modernization.

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