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Colourful Pictures From The 2016 Ojude Oba Festival

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Ojude Oba – loosely translated to mean ‘the king’s fore-court’ –  is an annual festival has brought the Ijebu indigenes together for over a hundred years now. It is a carnival that culminates in a procession that pays homage to the Awujale, Oba Sikiru Adetona who has been king since 1960. The festival is celebrated on the third day after Eid-el-Kabir. The timing is due the first Ojude Oba festival that was held by the Muslim community in honour of the king for allowing them to practice their religion. It has since become a non-religious event celebrated by all and sundry. The 2016 edition held yesterday and as usual, it was a burst of colours and celebration, in spite of the atrocious weather and the equally atrocious economic conditions of the country.

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