Awujale of Ijebuland

Ojude Oba, which translates to “majestic outing,” also means “the King’s forecourt or facade.” It was once a tiny gathering of Muslims that had its origins more than a century ago.The Ojude-Oba Festival is a one-day celebration of Ijebuland’s sons and daughters’ culture, fashion, glitz, candor, beauty, and grandeur.

The Yoruba people of Ijebu-Ode, a town in Ogun State, southwest Nigeria, observe the Ojude Oba festival, an old event. The purpose of this yearly celebration, which is held the third day following Eid al-Kabir (Ileya), is to honor and show respect for the Royal Majesty, the Awujale of Ijebuland. It is one of the most revered and opulent festivities held in Ijebuland and in Ogun State.

 The National Anthem, the Ogun State Anthem, the Awujale Anthem, and ultimately the Lineage Praise of the Ijebus always opened the festival. The Imam of Ijebuland led the prayers. After all of this, the Regbe Regbe procession of people of various ages with names like Obafuwaji, Bobagbimo, Bobakeye, Gbobaniyi, and Gbobalaye starts.

On the third day of the Eid al Kabir holiday, which is known as “Ileya” in Yoruba, indigenous people from various cultural age groups, known as regberegbe, along with their friends and colleagues from near and far, parade in front of the king’s palace.

The age categories from the 18th century were reinstated by Oba Adetona, and they are now a common occurrence among modern-day Ijebus. This has become a crucial component of the annual Ojude Oba festival in Ijebu. The age groups were created to promote community growth and advancement.

Around 1,000,000 people from all over the world, including Nigeria, notably those of Yoruba ancestry and especially those of Ijebu lineage, commemorate Ojude Oba with pomp and grandeur.

The Ojude Oba festival replaced the Odeda festival, which was also an annual celebration where devotees of various traditional religions, including Sango, Egungu, Osun, Ogun, Yemule, and others, gathered to display their identities by dancing alternately to drums and songs in front of the Awujale, Olisa, various other significant chiefs, and the people of the town.

When Chief Balogun Kuku converted to Islam and was previously a participant in the Odeda celebration, he was unable to continue to do so. He therefore made the decision to replace the Odeda festival with a new one that adhered to his new religion. This gave rise to the Ita-Oba celebration, which has since transformed into the Ojude Oba Festival.

Since then, the celebration has gained acceptance among millions of people in and outside of Nigeria in addition to the Ijebus who live there. Over 250,000 people often attend the festival from all six of Nigeria’s geographical zones.

Numerous notable dignitaries attended the 2013 Ojude Oba festival, including Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Seriake Dickson, who was represented by SSG, the wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Olufunsho Amosun, the state deputy governor, Prince Segun Adesegun, the secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr. Taiwo Adeo.

Festival attendees in 2017 included the former governor of Ogun State, Gov. Ibikunle Amosun, and members of his state executive cabinet, Otunba Subomi Balogun, Otunba Tunwashe of Ijebu and founder of First City Monument Group, Adegunwa, a well-known businessman and former chairman of Sterling Bank PLC, Chief Kola Banjo, as well as former governor of the state, Otunba Gbenga Daniel.

Dr. Bukola Saraki, the former president of the Senate, attended the 2018 Ojude Oba festival as a special guest of honor. He was joined by seven other senators, including Senators Ben Murray-Bruce, Dino Melaye, Biodun Olujimi, Duro Faseyi, Sam Anyanwu, Rafiu Ibrahim, and Shaba Lafiaaji.

Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the former governor of Ogun State, was also anticipated, but he was represented at the occasion by his deputy, Mrs. Yetunde Onanuga. Globacom Chairman and Founder Otunba Mike Adenuga was one of the major sponsors of the 2018 edition.

 Odunlade Adekola, a Nollywood actor, DJ Top, and the group Mr. Real, Idowest, and Slim Case were also at the festival to give locals and visitors access to the 2018 Glo Miss Ojude Oba Beauty contest, which was hosted at the Equity Hotel.

The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr) Sikiru Adetona, canceled the 2020 Ojude Oba celebration due to the covid-19 and the need to preserve social and physical distance during the coronavirus epidemic.

Again, due to the coronavirus’s quick comeback, the 2021 edition was again postponed. The organizers argued that it is preferable to protect lives and eliminate avoidable health risks. The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was the special guest of honor at Ojude Oba 2022, which took place on July 11th.

The Globacom-sponsored Ojude-Oba festival in Ijebu-2022 Ode’s edition came to a close with the awarding of prizes to the winners of several competitions. Tricycles known as “Kekes,” was given to five lucky subscribers at the festival.

Additionally, 10 Glo customers received televisions, while 10 more received grinding machines.Egbe Obayori Okunrin Asiwaju earned N500,000 for having the best-dressed age group in the Regberegbe competition, while Egbe Tobalase Okunrin and Egbe Bobamayegun took home N300,000 and N200,000 as first and second runner-up of the male category. A lot more  happened.

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