The Untold Story of Ojude Oba Festival

Ojude Oba festival is cultural festival held on the third day after eid el kabir (sallah) celebration among the Ijebus in western Nigeria. The famous festival started out in 1892, when the then Oba Adesumbo Tunwase offered landed properties to the Muslims for a Mosque to be built. He also offered the British missionaries the opportunity to preach Christianity in Ijebu Land as well as the land where St Saviours Italupe, the first church in Ijebu was built.

Ojude Oba Festival started as a religious festival, when a small number of adherents and followers of the Islamic religion chose to pay homage and show appreciation to the reigning Monarch for his kind gesture and benevolence to them. However, the festival has transcended religious lines today and it attracts people of all faiths as well as tourists from within and outside Nigeria. On the day of the event, various peers and age groups come is festive attires to pay tribute to the king after which the festival continues with various forms of entertainment.

The beauty of the festival is rightly captured in the video below. Watch and enjoy it.

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