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History Of Eyo Festival by Nobody: 2:27pm On Jul 17, 2012
History of Eyo Festival
History has it that the Eyo masquerade is not original to Lagos Island but was brought there sometimes around 1750 by two unnamed personalities from Ibefun and Ijebu communities in present day Ogun State. Owing to the fascinating appeal, they succeeded in introducing it as part of interment rites of passage for the departing Oba at that time, Oba Ado who is believed to have married one of their cousins, Olugbani.

Another version has it that the main deity Adamu Orisha originated from Ibefun just as Eyo masquerade came as a result of the need to protect the deity from the activities of hooligans who might seek to destroy or steal it.

Those who hold this view say that the traditional iconic staff of the masquerade known as Opambata, was invented as part of the regalia for the purpose of warding off undesirable elements.

Another dimension was added to the supposed origin of the masquerade and festival as a prominent indigene, Chief Adekunle Alli, opined, “Orisa Ogunran and Orisa Elegbaopopo were originally brought to Lagos from Benin by Chief Olorogunagan Asagbemi, and Chief Olorogunigbesule during the reign of Oba Ado of Lagos, over 350 years ago.”

Since time immemorial, the festival as depicted by the image of a masquerade in flowing white apparel has grown from a rural festivity to an internationally acclaimed event, attracting both local and international tourists, even though the frequency of such festivities vary depending on who the Oba considers worthy of having such play staged in his/her honour.

According to Alli who is an authority on local custom and history as they relate to people of Lagos Island, “The first Adamu Orisa play to be recorded was the one held by King Dosumu for his late father, King Akintoye, on February 20, 1854, six months after the death of the latter.”

Initially, five groups, different others have emerged, while participation in the play was restricted to family members of various individual Eyo groups of both the nuclear and extended family members, and any person or group of persons who have no filial link to any of the families can also join them for the purpose of the festival.

http://www.leadership.ng/nga/articles/10129/2011/12/12/eyo_festival_celebrating_history_and_culture_lagos.html
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Re: History Of Eyo Festival by anonymous6(f): 5:24pm On Jul 17, 2012
interesting I am going to post some vidoes of Eyo
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Re: History Of Eyo Festival by Nobody: 6:59pm On Jul 18, 2012
^^^^Thanks for the videos, babes. wink

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Re: History Of Eyo Festival by PAGAN9JA(m): 7:49pm On Jul 18, 2012
wow great post, great pics and great videos. great to see Wole Soyinka there, flanked by those 2 kids.

The Gods bless. cool
Re: History Of Eyo Festival by igbo2011(m): 7:06pm On Jul 19, 2012
I love African culture. Whether it is yoruba edo Hausa Igbo Ashante etc I love it!
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Re: History Of Eyo Festival by MegaMan2020: 5:47pm On Jan 07, 2013
I am very proud of my culture and my tribe. Omo Yoruba!!!

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Re: History Of Eyo Festival by ifyalways(f): 9:24pm On Jan 07, 2013
Really lovely pictures. cool
Re: History Of Eyo Festival by ToluAdebowale(f): 2:31am On Jan 21, 2013
The African culture has always been a rich one.Culture is simply the way of life of a group of people and it is also the complex whole of man's knowledge,beliefs,arts,custom,technology,etc transmitted from generation to generation.The Eyo festival in lagos state has brought people from far and wide.The Eyo festival like every other festival is an indigenous,extra mundane,bottom up communication.The fact the the Lagos state governor suppots the festival and ensures that our culture and tradition continues is something to commend him for bacause it is important that the African way of life is kept active.
The pictures shown are magnificent and very colourful and as we say in Lagos state- EKO O NI BAJE OO!!!
ADEBOWALE TOLULOPE,
MASS COMMUNICATION DEPARTMENT,
CALEB UNIVERSITY,
IMOTA, LAGOS.

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Proud to be from ibefun

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