Ojude Oba festival
In Ogun State, southwestern Nigeria, the Yoruba people celebrate the Ojude Oba festival, an ancient festival.In Ijebuland and throughout Ogun State, it is one of the most spiritual and glamorous festivals celebrated after Eid al-Kabir (Ileya), to pay homage to and show respect to the Royal Majesty,
the Awujale of Ijebuland.
Different cultural age groups, commonly known as regberegbe, indigenes, and their friends and associates from far and wide parade at the front of the king’s palace on the third day of Eid al Kabir, which is called Ileya in Yoruba.
The OjOude Oba festival in Ijebu has become a part of the annual OjOude Oba festival because Oba Adetona brought back the age groups from the 18th century. Community development and progress were the reasons for creating age groups.
There are about 1,000,000 people from all over the world who celebrate Ojude Oba in Yoruba, which means king’s forecourt. It is usually celebrated with pomp and pageantry by many people, especially those from Yoruba origin and those of Ijebu descent.
Different horse-riding families are led by the Balogun. Descendants of Ijebu war heroes are regarded as the Balogun. Some horse-riding families includes; Balogun Odunuga, Balogun Bello Odueyungbo Kuku, Balogun Agboola Alausa, Balogun Alatishe, Balogun Otubu, Balogun Adesoye, Balogun Odejayi,
Balogun Adesoye Onasanya, Balogun Towobola, Balogun Aregbesola and Balogun Ajibike Odedina. Intermittent gunshot are used to announced their entry, which sends many people into a frenzy.
Artistic Beauty of the Ojude Oba Festival
One of the very reasons why people from entirely different cultural backgrounds finds the Ojude oba festival very interesting is because Art plays a very significant role in the festival. To really account for the artistic beauty of the Ojude Oba festival,
take into consideration the style and manner of dressing of the different age groups, the music and musical instrument, even to the design on the horses of the Balogun families, and so on.
Age grades compete for the best dressed. Hence, the reason why group go all out for the season’s most expensive clothing. Attires from a previous festival cannot be worn again at a new Ojude Oba festival, they wear entirely different attires year to year which makes a statement on the economic status and wealth of the age group and how well they are doing. Arguably,
nowhere else is the Yoruba flair for traditional attire better demonstrated than in the flamboyance at Ojude ObaTraditionally,
Yoruba’s favourite dress colours includes; tan, the rich natural tone of the silk known as sanyan, and blue, ranging from the palest to the deepest blue black obtainable from the indigo dye pots.