It was a week filled with different activities as the paramount ruler of Ondo kingdom, the Osemawe, Oba (Dr) Victor Kiladejo, and his subjects celebrated the annual ‘Odun Oba’ event.
The annual celebration which dates back over 500 years is celebrated to mark the beginning of a new year in the traditional Ondo calendar.
At the event, all categories of chiefs and olojas (head of villages) present gifts in the form of rams, goats, chickens and kolanuts to the king, and also renew their oaths of allegiance to him.
The event, which held for nine days, started with the Udijo ceremony (proclamation of the date of the main ceremony), followed by Ughasu, an avenue where the Otu chiefs who are the Brigades of Guard to the King dance along major streets close to the Osemawe’s palace to felicitate the king.
The finale of the celebration was the ‘Oba nki omo e’ which literally means, ‘the king greeting his wife and children’.
According to the palace spokesman, Chief Wole Benson, the event is similar to the Igue festival in Benin and Ofala festival in Onitsha. It is also synonymous with the new yam festival of the Igbos, because there is no eating of yam at the palace until after the ceremony.
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