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Glimpses at the 84th Eyo Festival in Lagos

The Adamu Orisa Plays popularly called the Eyo festival is customarily staged for the smooth passage of a late monarch, chief and by extension an important Lagosian.

“Eyo” which refers to the costumed dancers or  masquerades emerge during the festival clad in immaculate white regalia, a hat, and wields a staff made from palm frond.

The first procession of Eyo in Lagos was on the 20th of February, 1854, in celebration of the life of the Oba Akintoye.

This year’s performance which is staged in honour of the immediate past Oba Elegushi of Ikateland, His Royal Majesty Oba Yekini Adeniyi Elegushi (Kunsenla II) marks the 84th Eyo celebration.

The performance which coincides with the golden jubilee anniversary celebration of the creation of Lagos State had a total of 53 groups participating in this year’s procession headed by five groups of the Orisas.

The masquerades are known to beat people who use any of the prohibited items at sight with their staffs.

Some prohibited items include wearing of sandals/shoes, headgear, suku – hairstyle, riding of motorcycle, bicycles, smoking, and taking photographs of Eyo Orisa.

Reports from NAN gave the names of some of the dignitaries at the occasion as Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, Oba Saheed Elegushi, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, and Nike Okundaye, artist and designer.




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