Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prince Bolu Akin-Olugbade, the Aare Onakakanfo of Owu Kingdom, Ogun State Deputy Governor, Noimot Salako –Oyedele, and Ladi Adebutu who was the chairman of the occasion were among the notable celebrities who honored the just concluded 21st Owu Kingdom Yam Festival.
The ex-President, Aare Bolu, and the immediate past governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun are all illustrious sons of the kingdom. In some other communities, celebrating new yam eating is called Yam Festival but in the Owu Kingdom in Abeokuta, Ogun State is a different ball game as the festival is being tagged Odun Omo Olowu redefined to a new brand annually celebrated to high heavens with lots of fun and cultural display.
Owu is another of the few Nigerian communities that have continues to keep hope alive for Nigerian diverse cultures by not abandoning the yearly festival because of the influence of western cultures in Africa.
Therefore, what was celebrated last weekend was not alien to the history of such traditional festivity in the Owu Kingdom where, through the able leadership of the paramount ruler, Oba Olusanya Adegboyega Dosunmu, Olowu of Owu Kingdom remains a major reference point of cultural preservation in Nigeria.
Marking the historical festival, the week-long event kicked off with a roadshow with other outlined activities programs before it was climax with a grand finale which had a retinue of eminent personalities in attendance.
As part of activities celebrating the event, Oba Dosunmu in his usual manner paid visits to some traditional and historic sites within the kingdom such as the Amororo Royal Ruling House, the Alebiosu Ruling House, Erunmu township, Apomu township, and houses of some of the kingmakers. Sporting activities like football matches, table tennis were not far from it as they all culminated in a special Jumat Service at the Owu Central Mosque on Friday before the Saturday party which ended this year celebration.
“ What you are witnessing today is the grand finale of all the week-long event of activities where sons and daughters from all the six southwest states of the Owu Kingdom are brought together to rejoice and further foster peace and development among people of the community”, Aare Akin-Olugbade stated.
The ceremony burst into thunderous applause with the arrival of the Oba Dosunmu. He was accompanied by about 18 obas from across the various towns under his rule including Alarigbajo of Arigbajo, Oba Gbemileke Babajide Onifo of Ifo, Oba Olujide Adeyemi Onijoko of Ijoko, Oba Lasisi Ogunseye, Olojodu of Ojodu, Oba Saidu Hassan, and a host of others.
The majestic step dance of all royal fathers towards the red-carpeted high stage became a thing that thousands of ecstatic people on the occasion fell on one another to have a glimpse of that joyful moment.