Ojude Oba Epe: A Cultural Extravaganza of Unity and Tradition Under Olu Epe.

Kakalistiq.com reports that the historic town of Epe came alive with vibrant colours, music, and a deep sense of tradition as the Ojude Oba festival, under the prosperous leadership of His Royal Majesty Oba Shefiu Adewale, Bamgbopa Eshilokun I, celebrated its rich cultural and religious heritage. This year’s event, held on June 19, 2024, highlighted the town’s unity and showcased its traditions to the global audience.

In his address, the Olu Epe, Oba Shefiu Adewale, expressed profound gratitude to God for the gift of life and thanked the entire community for their unwavering support. “We are blessed to witness another Ojude Oba. I thank all members of our community for honouring this tradition,” he said.

He also prayed for the town’s continued prosperity and unity, emphasizing the significance of paying homage to the king. “Respect for our culture, tradition, religion, and community cohesion is paramount for our prosperity,” he declared.

The opening prayer was led by the Grand Chief Imam of Epe Division, Fadeelatul Sheikh Abiola Rahmon Sadala, who touched on the historical evolution of the Ojude Oba festival. “Our festival evolved from ‘Iki Baale,’ a period where the Baale was honoured for his support during Eid-il-Kabir, epitomizing the ‘Epe Loni Kurani’ mantra,” he explained.

High Chief Adebayo Balogun, the Otun Bashorun of Epe Kingdom and Chairman of the Ojude Oba Planning Committee expressed his excitement at the improvements in the celebration. “The enhancements we’ve made have added more colour to this cultural and religious celebration,” he said, thanking the king, committee members, donors, and sponsors for their relentless efforts.

In an interview, Rep. Wale Raji emphasized the need for unity between communities for accelerated growth. “There can never be progress without unity. I appeal to everyone to unite for the progress of our community,” he urged.


Hon. Sikiru Owolomoshe, Epe LG’s Vice Chairman praised the Olu-Epe for his peaceful leadership. “Our revered Royal father has done well, and there’s room for improvement. We pray for a long life in wisdom and guidance from God,” he said, urging everyone to rally around the king for more dividends of good leadership.

Mrs. Abisola Bamidele (Erelu Borokini), the Mother of the Day, expressed her appreciation for the honour and excitement of witnessing the event. “I am thrilled to be here and pray for the progress and longevity of our king and community,” she said. She also reiterated her commitment to supporting Epe’s growth and development.

Yeye Adeola Talabi shared a personal connection to the event, noting her great-grandfather’s role in bringing Islam to Epe. “My great-grandpa was the first to say ‘Allahu Akbar’ in Epe. It’s an honour and privilege to reconnect with my roots and be part of this event,” she said, extending courtesies to the Olu-Epe and his wife.

Architect Abiola Anifowoshe, former Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development echoed the sentiments of Alhaja Alade Olushola Raji, President of Epe Grammar School Old Students Association (EGOSA), emphasizing unity in his message. “Our leader, Prophet Muhammad SAW, taught us unity. In unity, we can never fall. Let’s put our differences behind us,” he advised.

High Chiefs Tajudeen Ajiborisha and Tajudeen Agoro expressed their excitement and gratitude for witnessing another year of the festival, especially with the favourable weather. “We are grateful for this opportunity and wish the Olu-Epe strength and sound health,” they said, commending the organizers for their resilience.

The Ojude Oba Epe festival, with its rich display of cultural fashion, religious prestige, and electrifying parades and music by Fuji icon, Wasiu Alabi Pasuma, once again proved to be a spectacular celebration of Epe’s heritage, unity, and resilience.


Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde

Kaka Babatunde is a budding academic researcher and media enthusiast whose experience germinated in high school, attaining the Press Club presidency. As an iconic field reporter for 3 years, he is a writer, serial volunteer, and community cum youth development champion whose collaborative efforts have immensely contributed to nation-building in Epe LGA, Lagos, and Nigeria at large.

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