Ojude Oba Epe: A Dazzling Celebration of Culture and Unity.

Kakalistiq.com reports that the historic town of Epe once again transformed into a vibrant tapestry of culture and unity as the Ojude Oba festival, under the esteemed leadership of His Royal Majesty, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, and Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Chairman, Organizing Committee), delivered a spectacle of tradition and joy. This year’s event, celebrated on June 19, 2024, captivated millions of viewers worldwide, showcasing the rich heritage and communal spirit of the Epe people.

In his address, the Oloja of Epe Land, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, Arolugbade Elepe II, expressed gratitude for the opportunity to witness such a grand event. “We appraise God for allowing us to see this day,” he said, as he extended his heartfelt thanks to fellow kings, chief imams, and dignitaries, including Alhaji Akanni Seriki Bamu and the representatives of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly. “Our peaceful disposition and conduct as sons and daughters of Epe make us proud,” he added.

Oba Animashaun also expressed his deep appreciation for the support from Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu. “Like Oliver Twist, we ask for more,” he quipped, highlighting the governor’s continuous efforts towards Epe’s growth and development. In a nod to President Bola Tinubu, he offered prayers for his success in steering the nation. “May it be as easy for him to govern Nigeria as it was for Lagos,” he prayed, invoking traditional proverbs.

Princess Surah Olayemi Animashaun, the Number One Citizen of Epe and host of the event, was commended for her exceptional leadership. “Princess Surah’s efforts towards transforming governance in Epe are commendable,” said Oba Animashaun, as he also praised the support from Ikosi-Isheri’s chairman and the Ojude Oba committee members.

The celebration was not just about cultural displays but also a testament to community collaboration. Hon. Abiodun Tobun, Chairman of the Planning Committee and newly installed Balogun-General of Epe Land, expressed his gratitude for the community’s unity. “I extend my appreciation to His Imperial Majesty, Oba Kamorudeen Ishola Animashaun, and all esteemed dignitaries,” he said. “This festival is a colourful feast of return that brings us together to celebrate our heritage.”

The Ojude Oba festival, known for its elaborate Regberegbe (age-grade) presentations and equestrian parades, did not disappoint. “The visual feats of the Regberegbes, clad in colourful traditional attire, are iconic,” Tobun remarked. “They come before the Kabiyesi to pray for his continued health and long life, embodying our noble traditions.”

Hon. Tobun highlighted the festival’s inclusive nature, noting its significance beyond religious lines. “Despite its Islamic origins, the Ojude Oba festival unites all faiths, underscoring the unity we enjoy in Epe,” he said. “It’s a festival that brings us together, fostering a sense of community.”

The day was filled with various entertainment programs, keeping attendees engaged and festive, especially with the unique music performance of Fuji maestro King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal. Special recognition was given to sponsors and contributors who ensured the event’s success. “I pray Almighty God replenishes your pockets manyfold,” Tobun added.

As the sun set on Epe, the town buzzed with excitement and pride, reflecting on a day of unity, cultural pride, and joyous celebration. “Let us sit back, relax, and enjoy this remarkable event,” Tobun concluded, encapsulating the spirit of the Ojude Oba festival.

This year’s Ojude Oba once again proved to be a splendid display of Epe’s rich cultural heritage and communal harmony, leaving indelible memories for all who witnessed the grandeur.


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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