Olowu in Apomu

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As a part of his Odun-Omo-Olowu routine, the Olowu of the Ancient Owu Kingdom, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu on Tuesday 4th of October 2011 kicked off his annual visit to historic sites within his Kingdom with a visit to Ago-Apomu, situated at a stone throw down the hill from his Ago-Owu Hilltop Palace.

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His visit which had been awaited in the sparsely populated tiny township at the scheduled time of 10 am eventually materialized around midday…

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Owu Annual Festival – Odun Omo Olowu

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oladipo yemitan

Mr Oladipo Yemitan

Since the re-introduction of the Omo-Olowu Festival (Odun Omo Olowu) in October 2010, the banners of this ancient Owu cultural festival has been flown high and wide at home and abroad in a concerted effort that is geared towards promoting it as a fore-running international festival of culture, the arts and anthropology. Mr Oladipo Yemitan, a veteran journalist, broadcaster, author, cultural researcher and maestro of the Yoruba life and styles drops an eye-opening bombshell…a hitherto forgotten journal of practices and observances associated with the very Odun Omo Olowu that has just been rejuvenated in the modern Owu Kingdom! This is just a fractal part of his revealing book on Owu history which is soon to hit the bookstands…and shall also be available for download through Owulakoda.com and its sister sites. Click here to read the details

Olowu, The Son of Obatala!

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At the 2010 Omo Olowu Festival which succeeds the annual Owu Day Festival, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu, the Olowu of Owu traced the origin of the Omo Olowu festival (Odun Omo Olowu) to the times of Ajibosin, the son of Obatala and first grandson of Oduduwa.

Owulakoda investigates OBATALA, the great mythical figure who is both a creator deity and father of the Owus, who is also acclaimed as the King of Ifon, and who as the Orisha-nla is also the Lord of all the Orishas, and commands perhaps the largest and widest following worldwide among all the African deities, infiltrating diverse and widespread cultures in Asia and the Americas. Truly a man-god of many attributes and calling, OBATALA is placed under the microscope as the Owulakoda.com team features this monumental intrigue! Follow the Olowu’s speech below and click on these 3 different links (1.White deity, 2.Father of Olowu, and 3.Videos) to discover OBATALA, Baba funfun, Orisha-nla, Igba-keji Odumare!

Omo Olowu Festival (A New Dawn) – Olowu Speaks

Odun Omo Olowu is an age-long Owu Festival established by the very first Olowu whose name was Ajibosin. He was the son of Obatala – a versatile Ifa priest who was also a renown farmer of the cotton crop. When he was not farming, he toured towns and cities visiting palaces divining and counselling great kings including the legendary Odudua whose first daughter, Iyunade, he also married. Iyunade Odudua was the mother of Ajibosin. Ajibosin received his crown (Aare) directly from the “headof his grandfather, Odudua, and took it to his own father’s town where he was popularly known as Omo Olowuthe son of the cotton grower or farmer and later assumed the title of Olowu.

He was a wise king who recognised the grace God (Olodumare) had showered on him as a descendant of two great men Odudua and Obatala, Like his father, Olowu Ajibosin practised the arts and vocation of his own father: farming. Upon his first anniversary as king, he rallied his people and children around himself sacrificing the best product of his farm ... a tuber of yam, which he ceremoniously split into six parts offering same to Olodumare in gratitude for His bountiful grace and plentiful provisions of good harvest.

He forbade his family from eating yam which is harvested late because it has ceased from being a tuber and become a root. His household ate new yam in the first three months of the new harvest but thereafter as the rains descend, they planted yam for the coming year.

He achieved great things through this annual festival. Olowu never went to war during the rainy season because he kept himself and his people busy on their farms. He achieved peace and harmony among his people for he established the festival as a period of gathering them together as family. He got every family together for the honouring of their elders and heads of their communities.

The Odun Omo Olowu had been celebrated for centuries as a private festival, and it followed certain pattern: The Imogbos announce to the Olowu the ripeness of the yam for harvesting. The Olowu is the first to taste the yam but the ceremony of eating must be done at a thanksgiving in the presence of Obatala at his shrine. Five days later the Akogun, Olowu’s war chief and military adviser then ate the new yam.

Following this ceremonial events, the whole people of Owu can now eat of the new yam for three months only or until they have consumed the first harvest.

Things have naturally changed over the years, All traditions are dynamic and times and happenings do force people to change. For example, new techniques in agriculture have made it possible to harvest yams twice a year! Climate change has made many old things to change for better or for worse. People all over the world are changing their life-style but the purposes of doing certain things may not change. For us in Owu, the original purpose of celebrating Omo Olowu Festival has not changed ... that purpose is to give thanks to Olodumare for supplying all our needs. Nobody in the world is making their needs of thanking God a secret! We Owus are not an exception.

Omo Olowu Festival is today becoming a public event. We have nothing to hide; and all our praise and thanksgiving is to God Almightythe Olodumare.

From today I, Oba Olusanya Adegboyega.Dosunmu, the 13th Olowu since our arrival at this our new settlement in Abeokuta; declare this Festival as Owu‘s public celebration of the goodness of the Almighty God Olodumare by our people everywhere around the globe. The festival will admit all of Owu people in Nigeria and the Diaspora and be celebrated on the second week-end of the month of October. The splitting of the yam will be performed at this special sacred occasion solely by the Olowu, and the Owu people openly as a public celebration of thanksgiving, using the yam tuber freshly harvested as our symbol of Gods grace andprovision.

May God bless Owu people and all peoples of Nigeria, and citizens of the whole world.

Oba Dr. Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu

Commander of the Order of the Niger (CON)

Olowu Kangunere, Akobi Oodua, Amororo II

The Olowu and Paramount Ruler of the Ancient Owu Kingdom

Omo Olowu Festival Kicks Off In Grand Style

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Omo-Olowu Festival logo

Omo-Olowu Festival logo

On friday 8th an Saturday 9th of October 2010, a new chapter in the annals of Owu Kingdom history unfolded with the rejuvenation of a long discarded ancient festival of the  Owu people, the Odun-Omo-Olowu… And this time it came back to life amidst fanfare and high profile chieftaincy bestowment to top business moguls and functionaries from the Nigerian Presidency including the Vice President, the Chief of Staff and the Minister for the Niger Delta, in a who-is-who parade which also featured the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade as the Royal Guest of Honour.

Of course the ‘Ebora Owu’ himself in the calling of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Balogun and Prime Minister of Owu Kingdom couldn’t but be there to receive all the dazzling and head-spinning visitors from Abuja, Ile-Ife and sunder!

The current Olowu, Oba (Dr) Adegboyega Dosunmu, tagged with the royal salutations of ‘Kangunere’, ‘Akobi-Oodua’, ‘Amiwo-Aja’, seemed bent on jolting the memory of the world that he was groomed as an entertainer, a TV producer and a dramatist, away from his pastoral and royal callings, by staging a highly dramatised and entertaining festival, amidst a pronounced pomp, and pageantry!

The annual traditional Owu Day Festival has given way to this revitalized Omo-Olowu festival which shall henceforth replace the previous festival every October. Much like the world renowned German Oktoberfest, the Carnivals at Rio and Trinidad & Tobego, the Junkanoo of Nassau in the Bahamas and the local Eyo festival of nearby Lagos, the Odun-Omo Olowu is poised to launch the people of Owu Kingdom into the realms of annual global cultural entertainment if  the pace of this inaugural edition is in anyway sustained!

Kudos to the organizers. Kudos to Kangunere – He really did shook the Buffalo by the horns this time around!

Be on the look out for the full featured report coming soon on these pages and on our twin site under construction but open, Owulakoda.com!