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Everything you need to know about Ijebu Ojude Oba

Everything you need to know about Ijebu Ojude Oba

The Ojude Oba is a cultural festival in Nigeria that celebrates the culture and traditions of the Ijebu people.- Translation: Ojude Oba translates to “The King’s forecourt or frontage” and is also known as “The King’s Palace” or “Majestic Outing”. What started as a small gathering of Muslim converts in Ijebu-Ode over 100 years ago has grown into a huge cultural festival. The festival is held at the palace of the Awujale of Ijebuland on the third day after Eid-el-Kabir, also known as Eid al-Adha.

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(Regberegbe): Different age groups, known as Regberegbe, display their traditional attire and perform cultural presentations. Each age group wears expensive clothes of the same color or fabric, aiming to outshine the others. A highlight of the festival is the equestrian parade. Horse riders, often from prominent families and warriors, wear elaborate costumes and perform stunts.

The festival draws visitors and tourists from far and wide, who come to experience the rich cultural heritage of the Ijebu people. this act help to generate revenue from hotel bookings, food, arts works and souvenirs. it also create a temporary jobs for vendors, performers, and security personnel. the festival boost local business.

The Awujale of Ijebuland plays a central role in the festivities, receiving homage from various groups, blessing the people, and participating in cultural events. his presence symbolizes the unity and continuity of Ijebu tradition

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