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Ita-Osun Festival, 2018: A Twist to Cultural Festivals in Africa

Here’s wishing the entire citizenry of Ile-Ife; The Ooni of Ife Chiefs in Council and my adorable king; the first among equals, Oloro Alade Gbogbo, Alaka Omo Apaara, Alase Orisa, the projenitor of the black race, Arole Oodua, Baba mi Oonirisa……. the very best of the Ita-Osun festival.

May the love, beauty and fruitfulness of Osun Shegese continue to radiate in the life of Oonirisa……Ase!!!
Osun abo to rere legan, awuraolu; a we ide, we orisa ki o to we omo a gbewa o…….Ase!!!
Ita-Osun festival  what is expected at the 3 days event:
DAY 1:20/7/18
Gathering of the Osun worshippers to be led by the Olori Osun of Ife, Aworele Osunjoke at a goddess themed gathering for the children which implies fruitfulness, one of the feature of the river goddess.
A grand opening ceremony shall be held in the evening at the Afeworan Park; where an array of musicians and cultural performances will be staged tonight. asides from private individuals who will be performing, State government troops from South-West, Nigeria shall be on display.
DAY 2: 21/7/18
The main worship event, where Kabiyesi shall lead multitude of people of faith as well as indigenes and guests to the Osun temple. There will be cultural display of culture from troops from all Yoruba speaking states of Nigeria.
DAY 3: 22/7/18
Tagged  "love feast", as love is one of the characteristics of the Osun goddess. At this event, all visiting artiste shall perform.
The closing event will be power packed; with loads of love to share both in kind, cash and ideas.
Below is the Excerpts of an exclusive interview held  with the Ooni Of Ife by Nigerian Voice Reporter -Kehinde Adebayo
What  is the significance of Ita-Osun/ Osun Oniyangi festival?
“When Osun Oniyangi relocated to planet Earth, she landed in Ita-Osun, Ile-Ife. Hence, the Ita-Osun became the source of all the living rivers in the world.
Osun Oniyangi is a wonderfully and fearfully made in the image of God. She is an Octopus shaped river. Osun Oniyangi like other human beings has sensory organs; such as eyes to see, nose and mouth, legs to walk and of course, yangi as its body.
Osun Oniyangi to date remains at Ita-Osun in Ile-Ife as the base of all other Osun rivers. Osun Oniyangi is mysterious; it changes colour like a chameleon. Sometimes she could be colour green and before you know it blue or brown and sometimes golden.
Osun Oniyangi has a potent healing power for any type of illness when it changes colour to agbo (herb). Osun Oniyangi also breeds fishes and reptiles which changes colour just like the river. The animals tend to change colour each time their habitat changes her colour.
Ita Osun is full of wonders and a place to visit; just like every other creature deserves to be celebrated, we are celebrating Osun Oniyangi”- Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Babatunde Ogunwusi.
Interesting stuff I call it, I couldn’t have been in a better place at the moment than the palace of Alase Orisa, Ooni Ogunwusi (Ojaja II). The experience was worthwhile; however, it is time to have some rest now as we await the next fun-filled package at Ile-Oodua.
Lest I forget, I see a crew of health facilitators on ground and that is Vickie Robert Foundation, all the way from the United Kingdom. They are right on board for first aid and health check for the elderly…… what a brilliant concept by the organisers of Ita-Osun festival
We at Vickie Robert Hospitality say "Thank you Kabiyesi for the opportunity"
Osun a gbe wa o………. Amin!!!

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