In a heartwarming tradition that has captured the hearts of the people, the Queen Mother of Epe Kingdom, Olori Aribike Adewale, has once again showcased her dedication to the children of her beloved community through her well-organized annual Children’s party.
Kakalistiq.com reports that amidst the commemoration of the historic Epe Kayokayo festival, Olori Aribike Adewale’s efforts have not only supported her husband, the Olu-Epe of Epe Kingdom, HRM Oba Dr. Shefiu Adewale, Bamgbopa Eshilokun I but also provided the young ones with a sense of belonging and cultural immersion.
Held at the renowned Popo-Oba Square, the enchanting children of Epe Kingdom braved heavy downpours to participate in the festivities, embracing the Children’s party as a delightful platform to celebrate, learn, and win prizes. Olori Aribike Adewale’s commitment to the welfare of the community’s children has garnered widespread admiration and appreciation.
Kakalistiq.com reports that the Children’s party was graced by esteemed guests, including High Chief Tajudeen Ajiborisha, High Chief Kadri Odedeogboro, Otunba TJ Abass, Dr. Kosoko Oyedeko, and Mr. Abolaji Oshodi, among others, who applauded the Queen Mother’s efforts in fostering unity and cultural preservation among the younger generation.
Speaking with Kakalistiq.com on the significance of including children in such a program during the Epe Kayokayo festival, which honors the legendary embarkment of King Kosoko of Lagos to Epe in 1851, Olori Aribike Adewale emphasized the importance of instilling a strong cultural foundation in the minds of the youth. She believes that by actively involving the children in these festivities, they can grow with a profound appreciation for their heritage and carry forward the rich traditions of the Epe Kingdom into the future.
“Our aim is to instill a strong cultural foundation in the minds of our youth. By actively involving the children in these festivities, they can grow with a profound appreciation for their heritage and carry forward the rich traditions of Epe Kingdom into the future,” she said.
The Epe Kayokayo festival has brought immense joy to the children across the kingdom, as they have immersed themselves in the festivities since its commencement on Friday, 28th July 2023. From captivating theatrics by the “epo” masquerade, adorned with plantain leaves to entertaining tourists and community members with songs, drumming, and dance, the children have painted the landscape of their neighborhoods with cultural pride.
Undoubtedly, this celebration offers a unique opportunity for the young ones to connect with their community’s cultural heritage, allowing them to grow into future leaders who are deeply rooted in their traditions and values.
Olori Aribike Adewale’s efforts in organizing the Children’s party alongside the Epe Kayokayo festival exemplify her profound dedication to the welfare and cultural enrichment of the children of Epe Kingdom.