Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Announces The Arrival Of His New Prince

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, announced the arrival of His New Prince

…the Heir To The Throne Of Oduduwa Is Born… Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, officially inform the general public that The Almighty Olodumare has blessed the House Oduduwa with a Crown Prince His wife Yeyeluwa, Olori Silekunola Naomi Ogunwusi gave birth to a bouncing baby boy in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 18th November 2020. Mother and child are in perfect condition. The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, announced that his queen, Olori Silekunola Ogunwusi, said the mother and child are fine. A statement by Ooni’s spokesman Moses Olafare…

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The Art of Fasting: Benin’s Ague Ceremony

The Art of Fasting: Benin's Ague Ceremony

by Kathy Curnow, Cleveland State University (1997) Formerly a ceremony of critical importance, Ague has received little scholarly attention, perhaps because its full celebration ceased during the reign of Oba Eweka II (r. 1914-33). In its development, it confirmed the Edo adage “Every new Oba creates new rules,”‘ for Ague changed substantially under various monarchs until ultimately it came to knit together such disparate elements as Lenten denial and regional New Yam beliefs. These successive royal innovations suggest that other Benin festival “traditions” may have similarly dynamic, complex histories. Yams, Benin’s staple…

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Egungun Festival: Olubadan Bans Masquerades From Public Dance, Procession Over COVID-19

The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1, has directed all masquerades in Ibadanland to observe this year’s Egungun Festival in their respective homes in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state. He gave the directive as confirmed cases in Oyo State hit 282 as of May 30, 2020, with 96 discharged cases, six deaths, and 180 active cases. The first-class monarch made the order as the festival has been billed to begin this week, saying the order does not spare any masquerade, irrespective of…

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Nnewi: Igwe Orizu Bars Visitors To Palace

Igwe Nnewi, Dr. Kenneth Orizu 111, has bared visitors to his palace and suspended the references of cases to the Palace Arbitration Panel as part of measures to guard against the spread of coronavirus pandemic in his community. Orizu, who is the Grand Patron Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers also suspended all religious and social gatherings, including traditional marriages and burials. A statement by Prince Obi Orizu made available to newsmen, said: “As part of efforts aimed at curtailing the continued spread of the pandemic coronavirus, the Igwe of…

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Imo Festival: Arondizuogu, Ikeji Masquerades Proponed Till 2021 Due To Fear Of COVID-19

As the pandemic nature of the deadly coronavirus infection (COVID-19) ravages, the biggest and the most popular festival in the Eastern part of Nigeria, Arondizuogu Ikeji festival, has been canceled. The yearly event according to the Traditional Council and the organisers of the event, the high octane yearly festival will now take place in 2021 when hopefully the virus should have been defeated. Biggest Festivals In Eastern Nigeria Arondizuogu, Ikeji Masquerades Suffers Isolation As the pandemic nature of the deadly Coronavirus infection (COVID-19) ravages, the biggest and the most popular festival…

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Coronavirus: Elegba Festival postponed

In furtherance to the efforts of the government at both state and federal levels to curtail the spread of the deadly coronavirus in Nigeria, the Elegushi of Ikate Kingdom, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi (Kusenla III), has announced the postponement of the yearly Elegba Festival. Oba Elegushi announced the postponement in a statement he personally signed on Wednesday. The festival was due to hold between March 24 and 30, 2020. According to the traditional ruler, the decision to suspend the festival was taken in consultation with his Council of Chiefs. He…

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Ooni Of Ife, Oba Adeyeye, Princess Toyin Kolade Sets To Celebrate Aje Festival 2020 In Grand Style

The ancient and historical city of Ile Ife will be a Mecca of sorts on the 24th of February 2020 when the annual Aje Festival will commence. The epoch event will begin with spiritual prayers and cleansing of the entire Ife kingdom at the palace of the Loni before other activities proceed. Having as the chief host, the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi ojaja II, and Princess Dr. Toyin Kolade as host, the 2020 Aje Festival will no doubt herald a new breath of life…

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Osokia’a: A Rare Glimpse Into Ejiyan-Ekiti Festival Of Fire And Prayer

Ejiyan-Ekiti comes up in July is an annual Osokia’a Festival. The festival is a big deal among the indigenes but is hardly known to many outside the immediate vicinity of the town.  As has been the tradition in this part of the country for many years, the Osokia’a marks the end of the current year and the start of a new one. “It is a period when they pray for the wellbeing of our children,” says HRM Oba Olukayode Kupolokun, the Obalaaye of Ejiyan. “Even when they are sick, on…

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Lagos Fringe Festival opens Nov. 19

The arts community is set for the Lagos Fringe Festival 2019. The festival, which will target young and upcoming artists in the creative industry, will create opportunities for them to perform on an international platform. The Creative Director LFF, Kenneth Uphopho said  “we are revolutionizing this year, the focus is on diversity and inclusion in the arts, a development that has birthed creative exchange that will feature industry experts, curators and professionals engaging with emerging artistes for three days during the festival.’ According to him, LFF isn’t restricted to any…

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Edo Played Host To First Ever NAFEST In 40 Years

 After 31 editions, the ancient city of Benin finally played host to the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) with a colorful opening ceremony. The Executive Governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki alongside members of his EXCO and Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe symbolically opened a cultural calabash to declare the festival open at the University of Benin Sports Complex. The opening witnessed a string of captivating performances by veterans such as the legendary Guiltar Boy, Sir. Victor Uwaifo…

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