At 21, it has come back home to roost…where it started its journey 21 years ago!
An annual pan-Owu fiesta, it is usually hosted on a rotational basis among all Owu communities in Nigeria and the Diaspora on or about the first weekend of December, or is it Owucember?
This year Owu-Abeokuta its originator will host the annual convention on the 7th and 8th of December at the Gateway School festival grounds at Ita-Iyalode.
The highlight event for Friday 7th December is the Gala Night which kicks-off at 8pm for an all-night musical frolicking session attended by a live band, after an earlier business-as-usual going to the mosque and official meeting of all Obas and the RUOP Executives.
Saturday 8th also starts early with a church thanksgiving session, and then, the big stuff – The Convention proper – which promises electrifying cultural displays and drama, among other mind-blowing features and extras like scholarship awards and free medical diagnostics for all comers!
The convention brochure for this 21st outing also promises to be a true departure from previous ones – a true memorabilia of the Owu people that will glow forever in your reference library!
Oh! For the records in advance, the National Convention of Owu People was the brain-child of the late Balogun of Owu-Abeokuta, Barrister Akin Olugbade, which was taken to greater heights and permanently entrenched by his successor, Balogun Olusegun Obasanjo, the ex-President and Commander-In-Chief of the armed forces of Nigeria.
By the way, if you were to attend the venue in the custom-made adire uniform designated for the event (costs N2,000 for 6 yards), you may just be one of the lucky winners of certain surprises that may be lined up by the organizing committees!
A concise history of the Royal Union of Owu People (RUOP) and the complete convention time-table shall soon be posted here.
Further information available through the Secretary, Local Organizing Committee (LOC), of the 21st RUOP Owu National Convention – Tel : +2348033377642.