Akeem sodiq Ayomide
The festival is an annual event that is usually celebrated in August at a sacred grove, to worship Osun, which was celebrated on Friday, August 12, 2022, with the grand finale which is the sacrificial offering by “Arugba”
Other activities of the festival which is the very popular annual religious festival among the Yoruba people include “ Atupa Ina Oloju Merindinlogun” ( Traditional All Night Dance Around the 16 point Lamp ), “Iboriade” ( Display of the paraphernalia of office including. crowns, shoes, Horse Whips and Walking sticks of past Kings of Osogbo)
Yeyerisa Abimbola has dedicated most of her lifetime on Earth to the Osun,Osun Osogbo is referred to as the river goddess of fertility. As the deity’s chief priestess, she leads other women known as servants of Osun in daily worship and sacrificial offerings along the riverbank
The Osun government has advised tourists, devotees and visitors to the grand finale of the annual Osun Osogbo Festival not to drink water from the Osun River because of contamination.
The Commissioner for Health, Rafiu Isamotu, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).He said the government embarked on the sensitisation to discourage people from drinking the water during the festival as it had been contaminated by the activities of artisanal miners and not good for human consumption.
“There are radio jingles on the health hazard of drinking water from the Osun River due to contamination.
During the festival, tourists, visitors, and devotees drink from the Osun River for its perceived divination, while some take the water home to bathe with.
According to the Site Manager of Osun Osogbo Grove, Adekunle Fatai, no fewer than 60,000 devotees and tourists are always present at the grand grove.