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Awujale Cancels Ojude Oba Festival Over COVID-19

The Awujale of Ijebu land, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, has announced the cancellation of the 2021 edition of the annual Ojude Oba Festival of Ijebu Ode.

According to a statement issued by the coordinator of the festival and Baagbimo of Ijebu, Chief (Dr.) Fassy Yusuf, the cancellation was due to the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, its likely upsurge with the Delta variant and the negligible number of people that had taken the anti-COVID 19 vaccine.

The statement explained that rather than expose people who will converge on Ijebu Ode from all over the world to participate in the ancient and unique socio-cultural and religious festival of the Ijebu nation, and to avoid preventable health hazards, the monarch directed that the 2021 edition be cancelled.

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This is the second time in its known history of more than one century that the festival that unites Muslims, Christians and adherents of other faiths has been cancelled. The Ojude Oba Festival is normally held two days after Eid-el Kabir (Ileya).

In his message to the Ijebu nation on the occasion of the 2021 Eid-el Kabir (10th of Dhul-Hijja 1442 AH), the monarch thanked his subjects for the peace, progress, and tranquility pervading Ijebuland.

He prayed for additional economic and social prosperity within Ijebu land and charged his people to remain resolute and be optimistic that sooner than later, Ijebu State would become a reality.

Awujale thanked all the sponsors of the festival for the mutually beneficial partnerships that have ensured the unparalleled success of the annual festival in the past, while also hoping that the 2022 edition would be a reality.

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