The Grand October Yamfest – 2011 Odun Omo Olowu


 

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The cutting of the yam

Olowu cuts the New Yam

They did it again!

These Owu people have done it again!

The Kangunere mobile dynamic circus was at its best once again, and this time committed a mass ecstasy ‘genocide’ by successfully electrifying and suffocating all and sundry with their high voltage exposé.

Have you ever heard of the masochistic phrase ; ‘I wanna die, come get me’? That is exactly what everybody, both indigenes and guests, fortunate enough to be present at the Ita-Iyalode venue of the Odun-Omo-Olowu Grand Finale on October 8 seemed to be saying – nay, shouting, with their teeth grating together feverishly in a wild orgy of excitement as they were tantalized relentlessly till the bristles of their hair stood stiff and erect!

That day was a glorious Saturday. Truly tropical. It flaunted a faultless clear sky with silver clouds interposing the bright azure blue matrix of the firmament. Blazing hot it was too…and on this particularly blessed day, the rain gods chose to take a nap! So it was that the stage was set both in the celestium, and here on earth at Ita-Iyalode in Abeokuta, Nigeria where on one end was erected the royal tent on an extended platform, and at the other end, a pedestal with a double balloon-like structure which I best leave to the photographs to depict.

At both sides of the vast expanse which separated them were the clustering of canopies specifically tagged for individual communities, both rural and urban, within the Cosmo-regional structure of the ‘Owu Republic’ of Ogun State…

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5 comments on “The Grand October Yamfest – 2011 Odun Omo Olowu

  1. Ekule o, edeku iwaju ni anki agba. I came across this site and had this umcomprehensible urge to meet owus. I am an owu son and I heard of owu’s day in 2001 but never cared but it seems I need to be there this year. Is there any contribution I can make?
    Thanks for keeping the flag flying.

  2. Ekule o, edeku iwaju ni anki agba. I came across this site and had this umcomprehensible urge to meet owus. I am an owu son and I heard of owu’s day in 2001 but never cared but it seems I need to be there this year. Is there any contribution I can make?
    Thanks.

  3. Yes a lot…but start by being there at the Odun Omo Olowu come October, and i bet the next time around – Ajibosin will change his strategy and will use laughter instead of tears to secure his crown! (LOL).

    Seriously, am always delighted when stray Owus find their way back home like the proverbial Prodigal Son.
    First keep abreast with this site and a lot of information and inspiration should come your way.
    2nd, go to the Owu Palace at Abeokuta if you can manage it. Boldly demand an audience with the Olowu and ask him one on one how you can contribute …and am sure he will be able to spell things out for you.
    Alternatively, if you get into private messaging with me through ashiwaju@owulakoda.com, I may be able to further direct you.
    E kaabo sile, Ibrahim ‘omo’ Adepegba.

    By the way, you may want to check out Owu Discussion Forum (http://owulakoda.com/forum) and The Yoruba Forum (http://yoruba.apomu.com) also.

  4. Asiwaju i believe the next owu day will be in October 2014. I was wondering since there are so many owu indigenes not residing in the country if there was anyway the event could be posted online such as youtube.There is actually an owu day video posted but its only about 2 mins long.I think this will also create awareness about the owus.

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