Photos at 2017 Ojude-Oba festival, Ijebu Ode
Many Illustrious Ijebu sons and daughters on Sunday defied the rains to converge in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State to grace the 2017 edition of the annual Ojude Oba festival in the town.
The Ojude Oba celebration in Ijebuland is an annual event during which indigenes of different age groups, their friends and associates from both far and near thronged the palace of the Awujale, for the carnival-like celebration.
Some of the dignitaries in attendance at the 2017 fiesta included a former Governor of Ogun, Otunba Gbenga Daniels, Otunba Olasubomi Balogun, the Proprietor of First City Monument Bank, Chief Kola Banjo, Chief Dayo Adeneye, and many others.
Some Ijebu-Ode residents who deliberately abandoned their usual Sunday routines told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the Ojude Oba celebration was core to their unity as a people.
Otunba Wahab Osinusi, Chairman, Ojudu Oba Festival Committee, said that the pomp and pageantry displayed in the Ojude Oba was an appreciation by the Ijebu Muslim faithful to the Awujale, for giving them the freedom of religious worship.
Ojude-Oba is a Yoruba festival held in Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, in Southwestern Nigeria. It is held annually on the third day after Eid el-Kabir.
The festival began over 100 years ago. Today, the festival is usually attended by over 250, 000 people from across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
It is often sponsored by the incumbent Awujale, the people of Ijebu-Ode, individuals and corporate organisations.
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