From Akinnodi Francis, Ondo
The Jegun Olu-Ekun and Paramount Ruler of Ile-Oluji Kingdom, Oba (Dr) Julius Oluwole Olufaderin Adetimehin has called on sons and daughters of the town to participate actively in the 2018 Lijebu Festival holding on September 4, 2018.
According to a release made available to The Hope and signed by the Royal Majesty, “It is expected that my subjects take part in the annual celebration by paying homage and felicitating with me in the one day affair commencing by 9:00am. Chiefs, clubs and associations are to participate in a procession to the palace in their dignified traditional attires.
“The district heads are to mobilise at least 50 people from their domains to take part in the procession. It is expected that each district will dance to the Palace from various locations in the kingdom.
“The non indigenes groups are expected to perform their traditional dances at a location reserved for them. The youths and other groups are not left out in the colourful festival.
“Market groups are to participate actively in the festival as they take part in the procession. There are prizes for well performed groups”, the release stated.
On the significance of the celebration, gathered that it is a merry making event that usually comes after the annual traditional festivals such as yam festival (Owe) and Ogun festival.
Lijebu also known as ” Odun Oba” is also regarded as the official commencement of Ile-Oluji’s new calendar year.
After Lijebu, the traditional chieftaincy title celebrations by Chiefs called Lerin will take place at nine days’ interval.
During the Lijebu, Jegun is cladded in his royal regalia. He hosts and entertains chiefs, dignitaries from far and near, community leaders, political leaders, associations, and Ile-Oluji sons and daughters.
Sometimes, during the celebration of Odun Oba (“LIJEBU”), the king uses his prerogative to bestow or confirm chieftaincy titles on deserving and credible people.