How Yeye Osunronke and Tourists Celebrated Osun Festival This Year In Osogbo - Global Quest Magazine


Saturday, August 13, 2022

How Yeye Osunronke and Tourists Celebrated Osun Festival This Year In Osogbo

By Laide Gold
Tourists, devotees as well as cultural enthusiasts from across the globe trooped into the ancient city of Osogbo to join the fiesta marking the grand finale of the annual Osun Osogbo festival in Osogbo , Osun state Nígeria.

Global Quest correspondence in Osogbo reports that it had always given a boost to socio- economic activities in the Osun capital and its environs . despite the restrictions by the state government, he said, the the annual festival still received thousands of devotees from all around the world

The reports as early as this friday 12th , August , many Osun devotees were sighted singing and dancing on major roads in the city centre while others exhibited some cultural artifacts near the Osun groove .Many devotees were also seen carrying plastic bottles and kegs and moving to the Osun River to fetch some water for spiritual purposes.

The state government had, however, warned devotees not to drink the water from the river claiming it as been contaminated . Security operatives of the state government attempted to stop devotees from drinking the water but they held on to their belief

According to Yeye  Ọsunronke Akinọla who sends prayer to everyone,a practise she does yearly, Osun River can never be contaminated, the rumour of the water being contaminated was spread by the gullible, ' Osun is a mother to all Nations in the world and will always protect her children from evil'
There is establishment of masqueraders, chantings , incantations , shootings sporadically into the air with dane guns to the admiration of the international tourists.

Security personnel, including those of the NSCDC and Nigerian Police as well as FRSC were positioned at strategic locations within the capital city to ensure law and order as well as ease human and vehicular movement in Osogbo and Osun state as confirmed by the organizing committee.  

There are also reports that food and souvenir vendors took advantage of the influx of visitors to make brisk business , they sell at outrageous prices in all available currencies .

The Osun Osogbo event, which started on Aug.1 ended this Friday with a young maiden, Arugba, who carried a calabash on her head as a symbolic sacrifice to the river goddess became the center of attraction.

According to the Curator and Site Manager of Osun Osogbo Grove, Mr Adekunle Fatai, no fewer than 60,000 devotees and tourists witnessed the grand finale.

The Osun-Osogbo festival, whose history dates back to many centuries, is usually celebrated in an ancient grove believed to be among the last of the sacred forests still remaining among Yoruba cities. The grand finale also counted with the presence of Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land , Iba Gani Adams and his troop , they paraded in grand style at the final event

The Sacred grove , In recognition of its global significance and cultural value, was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. According to the people of Osogbo land, the annual festival symbolises the traditional cleansing of the town and cultural reunion of the people with their ancestors and founders of Osogbo Kingdom. The popularity of the grove , according to history , was an initiative , a spiritual dedication of Yeye Osun , the late Adunni Olorisa , the Austria born Suzanne Wenger.

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