– Obatala Festivals Kicks Off In Ile-Ife
– The event is a blessing for the Yoruba’s
Ile-Ife which is known to be the cultural home and begining of all Yoruba’s have began to celebrate one of its gods Obatala in what is known as a yearly event. This event is expected to honour the god and bring blessings on the Yoruba community and its environs.
Monday started the first Day of the event in Ile-Ife Osun State. At the Oduduwa hall of Obafemi Awolowo University, where the opening colloquium held, the the Vice Chancellor of the school, Eyitope Ogunbodede, emphasised the need for the promotion of African culture in Nigeria and beyond.
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Speaking in the language of the Yoruba people, he explained how the university has been upholding the culture of the Yorubas.
The 4th colloquium of the annual festival of the Obatala worshippers, a religious group, was witnessed by people from Africa and other continents. Dignitaries, leaders of traditional religion, royal fathers, representative of the Ooni of Ile-Ife and the representative of the Governor of Osun State were in attendance.
After dancing and cultural performances by different groups, the speakers lectured the audience on the significance of the celebration of Obatala, the god of creativity, according to the Yoruba mythology of creation. All the worshippers wore white clothes as it represents the holiness of the god, Obatala.
It has also be opined that the contemporary religious groups draw the worship of their gods from the worship of Obatala. There are several allusions towards that effect. Be rest assured that Ile-Ife has a lot of events for you.