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2019 Olojo Festival Ends With Pomp And Pageantry     

Catch the glitz and glamour of the 2019 Olojo Festival which held recently in Ile-Ife, Osun State.

Funsho Akinwale

The 2019 Olojo Festival celebrated amidst pomp and pageantry reached its climax on Sunday in Ile-Ife, Osun State, as the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, emerged from his seven-day seclusion in the Ile Odua Court to wear the historical Aare crown.

This year's festival marked the third edition the monarch would witness after ascending the throne as the Ooni of Ile-Ife, Ojaja 11.

The festival, which is known for socio-cultural gains for the people of the old Ife Kingdom, has contributed tremendously to the historic values of the Yoruba heritage.

Ooni and wife, Olori Naomi
Ooni and wife, Olori Naomi

Activities to mark the week-long event began with a street carnival, titled Gbajure.

The carnival took the people round designated routes and streets within the precincts of Ife town, with some of the important sons and daughters of the ancient historic town in attendance.

To herald the annual festival, the Ooni had earlier in the week received the procession of Ogun, Sango and Osun worshipers and other gods of the land who came to pay homage to the king.

The festival arena
The festival arena

There was also a workshop for youths, a football competition, traditional games, fashion show and traditional music night before the grand finale took centre stage on Sunday, with King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal, also known as K 1, perfuming live at the annual cultural based festival.

Ooni wearing the crown after 7 days seclusion
Ooni wearing the crown after 7 days seclusion

As expected, K1 added fun and razzmatazz to the event, as many could not stop asking for more special songs from the Fuji lord.

Eminents personalities that attended the 2019 Olojo festival included the Minister for Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; Deputy governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Alabi; former Ogun State First Lady, Olufunso Amosun; Ronke Ademiluyi; veteran Yoruba actress, Iya Rainbow; Dotun Taylor, Alariwo of Africa, and Princess Toyin Kolade, the Iyalaje of Apapa, who contributed in no small measure to the success of the festival.

The deity bearers
The deity bearers

The Ooni, while speaking during the festival, said the deities and forebears of the Africans delivered on the mandate given to them by God.

“Contrary to the views of many people within and outside the continent, deities, and forebears of the Africans were all servants of God, who did exceptionally well in delivering on the mandate given to them by God,” he stated.

“The sacred Aare crown, regarded as the oldest crown in the world, is worn by Ooni once in a year. Olojo is the celebration of the first dusk and dawn.

“I am so happy this year's festival is already a success.”