Owo indigenes in Akoko land celebrate day

By Kehinde  Adejumo
Owo, the headquarters of Owo local government, Ondo state is known for her rich cultural values and as a matter of fact, the people watch this religiously.

Perhaps, this accounts for the reason why Owo indigenes anywhere around the globe carry with them the urge to always celebrate these values wherever they found themselves.

Being real sons and daughters of the soil, the Owos in Akoko recently shown to the whole world the pride of being from Owo.

All roads led to Ikare Akoko on that day as all the indigenes of Owo sojourning in Akoko land converged at the cenotaph on Jubilee road to celebrate the first ever Owo Day in Akoko land.

The event was well attended with guests from all walks of life, including the business world, the academia as well as the royal stool.

Visibly happy indigenes of the ancient town entertained guests and well wishers with the rich cultural heritage of Owo, the internationally acclaimed ‘odudu’ cultural dance group also performed at the women wing.

The men were also not left out as they dished out a replica of the popular Igogo festival.

The traditional ‘laghalogho’ band was also on ground to entertain guests at the occasion.

At the end of the day, guests and other invitees had a fun filled day, relishing the most beautiful aspects of Owo culture at its best.

Speaking at the ceremony, the General Secretary of Owo Development Association, organisers of the programme, Pastor Festus Oloye, said the Owo Day Programme was organized to mark the second year anniversary of the association.

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Pastor Oloye stated that the main purpose of the celebration is to further intimate the good people of Akoko with the rich cultural values of Owo.

He declared that Owo and Akokos are brothers since they came from the same source, Ile-Ife, the primordial source of the Yorubas.

The ODA Secretary therefore charge Owo indigenes in Akoko to see the communities where they sojourn as their home, stressing that they should work for the progress of such places.

He also charged them to live in peace with their host communities that is the only way they could achieve their purpose of coming to Akoko.

Equally, Pastor Oloye commended the Akokos for giving room for non indigenes, Owos inclusive, to live and seek their daily bread in their midst.

He also appealed to the Akokos to see non indigenes as part of them as they are also doing their best to contribute their quota to the economic life of the land.

A royal guest, the Olori of Iboropa, Mrs Babalola charged the celebrants to be good ambassadors of Owo in Akoko land and all other places they might find themselves.

Babalola, an indigene of Owo, said she is happy that the people are coming together as one urging them to leverage, on their  unity for the progress of Owo, the people and their host communities in Akoko land.

The chairman of the Organising Committee of the celebration, Mr Samuel Oyegoke, said the association decided to celebrate Owo Day outside Owo town to further draw indigenes of the town in Akoko towards the development and progress of Owo land.

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Oyegoke said members of the Owo Development Association cut across all the communities in Owo and Ose Local Governments of Ondo State.

According to him, people from these local governments are one as Owo is one regardless of the fact that the local governments are different.

He therefore charge all members to put their local government affinity aside and work towards a common goal of bringing development to the communities in the two local government areas.


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