The Corona Virus (covid-19) Pandemic that hit the global community including Nigeria has affected this year’s historical and biggest cultural festival Ojude Oba been hosted under the paramount ruler of the Ijebu people- the Awujale of Ijebuland; His Royal Majestic, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona.
The Awujale of the Ijebu Kingdom, a traditional state in Nigeria, is a first class King with an unblemished track records.
According to the letter dated July 6, 2020 to the Ojude Oba planning committee signed by Ebumare of Ago-Iwoye, Mr Adenugba confirmed the cancellation the festival over concerns for the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The Ojude-Oba festival is known to the Ijebus as a major festival that annually attracts many illustrious sons and daughters of the soil across the world stormed the ancient town of Ijebu Ode, Ogun State, to witness the event.
Also attended by friends, dignitaries and several international tourists graced the glamorous ocassions.
The event celebrated two days after the Islamic Eid-el-Kabir as an act of obeisance and declaration of love to the paramount ruler of the Ijebu people- the Awujale of Ijebuland, and is now celebrated by all people of Ijebu descent, irrespective of religious inclinations.
Horse riding families and regbe regbe groups adorns all the four corners of Ijebu land with their colorful outfits after paying homepage to revered for a fulfilled entertainment with their special guests. However, covid-19 social distancing and NCDC protocols that disrupted religion gatherings has its impact on today’s funfair over 100 years tradition cancellation.
Sen. Adebayo Osinowo
The late Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District at the upper Chamber of the National Assembly; Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo if the covid-19 pandemic that affected political, economic and social lifestyle never rear its ugly head, his absent would have been greatly felt by the people of Ogun and Lagos State. Most especially the politicians from Kosofe.
These politicians mobilise individually and collectively in their best uniform” Aso Ebo” to celebrate with the Lagos east Jagaban, kingmaker fondly called Shehu among his numerous supporters at separate event styled after the lawmaker as Ojude Pepper.
The novel Covid-19 pandemic and the death of Senator Adebayo Osinowo impact on pepper supporters and 2020 ojude Oba festival, if the event is to hold today will be a mixed feelings that several illustrious sons and daughters of the soil and friends “will not soon be forgotten” as their rally point and host.