Importance Of The Eyo Festival In Lagos The cultural significance of the Eyo festival is its usage in the funeral of a king Obas or chiefs. Annually, Argungu Fishing Festival, which is also called Argungu Dance Festival, takes place in Kebbi State. Another author claims Eyo was an initiation of Egungun seen at Oyo. The Eyo festival, also known as The Adimu Orisa play, is a unique cultural festival staged in Lagos state, a South-Western state of Nigeria. On the Eyo day, the main highway in the heart of the city, usually from the end of Carter Bridge to Tinubu Square, is closed to traffic, allowing for procession from Idumota to the Idunganran Palace.
By the way, this festival is celebrated not only in Nigeria. It is also considered to be the largest street festival in the whole of Africa. Among the Eyo groups which featured in the procession were Asogbon, Suenu, Basua, Erelu Kuti, Egbe, Saasi, Asajon, Eletu Odibo, Aromire, Obanikoro, Oshodi-Bukku, Onisiwo, Bajulaye, Oloto, Onilado, Akogun Olofin, Olorogun Adodo and Onimole. The Abegede and Ita Ado group belonged to the Benin class of chieftaincy, the Akarigberes. It is now being observed as a tourist event and it is traditionally performed in Lagos.
The fee is paid to the Iga — ruling house, whose colours and Akete the Eyo wears. Kingdoms of Nigeria is a Nigerian organization dedicated to advancing Nigeria, its people and their rich and diverse culture. If you have experienced any already, kindly use the comment box below to tell us some of your favourites. It is important to note that while the fishing event or competition is the main event of the Argungu festival, there are also other exciting events that take place during the 4-day festival. The Eyo festival is mostly held on a Saturday, with the week preceding the Saturday of the festival filled with consultations, announcements and adverts via Koranga and Gbedu drums which are only beaten during an Eyo Festival. Also read: Importance of Festivals Generally, festivals are an expensive way to celebrate glorious heritage, culture, and traditions of a community.
The New Yam Festival is one of the major festivals in Nigeria for the representatives of Igbo people. In Lagos, the indigenous housing was unplanned and left to develop haphazardly, with houses built quite close together. Being newcomers to the Onimole family, the first timers have no clue about the way and manner the family conducts its affairs in preparing for the fest. Governor Fashola, who said he felt good about the occasion, added that the Tafawa Balewa Square has come to stay as venue for the Eyo carnival. Bottom line: anyone wishing to be a part of the grand finale either ships in or ships out.
Only a very old and spiritually advanced male can robe as the Adimu. Significantly, Olori Olugbani gave birth to her children Ologun Kutere and Sokun when the Eyo play was first held. They are meant to celebrate moments and emotions in our lives together with our loved ones. In this world where Bob Dylan is a Nobel prize winner nay , and Kendrick Lamar a Pulitzer prize winner yay , perhaps Davolee should submit his song for the Caine Prize for African Writing. Other taboos of Eyo include not wearing of headgear by women, while the men should not wear any form of cap. In your next trip to Nigeria, try as much to avail yourself to one of these colourful, traditional festivals.
It is believed that the Eyo Festival in Lagos is a forerunner of the world biggest carnival in the world, the Rio de Janeiro Carnival. And today we want to present to your attention a collection of major festivals in Nigeria that one cannot imagine Nigerian culture without. The celebration itself is held in the palace of Alaafin of Oyo. Things You Must Not Do At The Eyo Festival During the festival, the following rules must be adhered to has it is a taboo to break them. This strictness with cadre and other old established rules before, during and after the celebration is what perhaps appeals the most about the eyo heritage. Currently, the festival according to is showcased by the people of Lagos as a tourist event. Thus, the potency to attract favour and secure protection from the Almighty is strongly represented in Eyo.
The Festival Has Become A Major Tourist Attraction For The State Its popularity stretches beyond the shores of this country, it can be concluded that the Eyo masquerade itself represents Lagos. The Onimole Court is a focal point of nearly all traditional functions in Central Lagos—including the coronation of a new king—and the Eyo festival itself. This normally takes place on the third day of Ileya Festival Eid-el-Kabir. Each person carrying a robe as Eyo must pay a fee for the privilege. The only Eyo that is not part of a group is the most senior Eyo-Adimu Orisa. When this happens, it means the event will take place on the following Saturday. So when indigenous Lagosians speak of the Eyo tradition, they do so with affecting pride and relish.
No Suku hairstyle by women Suku is not allowed at the festival ground. I am not a potential Eyo masquerader but a silent observer documenting a very important stage in the making of an Eyo masquerade. The New Yam Festival, also known as the Iwa-ji festival, is a cultural event that is meant to unite people in order to celebrate the end of the harvest season and the beginning of the new one, and honor gods for the future harvest to be abundant. Everyone waited patiently at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Onikan venue of the event, which was held in honour of Chief Theophilus Benson. Nigerian festival celebrations are the best way to study the culture of each ethnic group. In accordance with tradition, a divination rite must follow the distribution of the Ikaro offerings. The Eyo festival is truly an awesome display of intangible cultural heritage.
The story is part confessional, part lament. If that has not happened already then it may never do, as the participants are practicing Christians and Muslims. Before I go ahead in revealing the list, let me give a brief introduction of what traditional festival is all about and some of its importance. The event is usually celebrated around the month of November. Tourists travel from different parts of the world to experience this carnival. The Eyo Festival Is Held When An Oba Or A Highly Regarded Chief Dies Back in the days, the Eyo festival is held to escort the soul of a departed King or Chief and to usher in a new king.