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Ooni flags off Alaraagbo Festival at Ile-Ife, grand finale holds Monday 

 

Stanley Ihedigbo

 

All roads lead to the ancient city of Ile-Ife on Saturday for the flag off ceremony of this year’s edition of Alaraagbo Festival  2024 to be hosted by the Ooni of Ife, Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, CFR, Ojaja II.

According to the Director, Media and Public Affairs, Ooni’s Palace, Otunba Moses Olafare, the programmes of event released on On Friday by Yeye Alaraagbo Oodua who doubles as Global Coordinator of Alaraagbo World Festival; Yeye Abiye Osunbunmi Ifasemilore, said that the 3 day annual festival will begin Saturday 29th, June, 2024 with the arrival of members of the World Alaraagbo ElereOmo Spiritual Network, home and abroad.

Other participants who are mostly practitioners of the African Traditional Religion worldwide, while the following day, Sunday 30th, 2024 will allow attendees at this year’s edition to witness several cultural activities including Cultural Musical Concert, The Iyalode and Ajaguna Chanting Concert, and cultural sports and games like AYO OLOPON leading to several prizes to be won.

On Monday 1st 2024 which brings the 3 day Alaraagbo festival 2024 to it’s climax, participants are expected to converge at the Courtyard of the Ile-Oodua palace of the Ooni, Enuwa, Ile-Ife by 9am from where the ritual of procession to the sacred groove of Alaraagbo known as Egbe Elereomo Groove  will be led by the Ooni, where the necessary traditional rites for Alaraagbo festival will be performed in accordance with the customs.

This will be followed by the Grand Finale ceremony at the Ooni’s palace slated for 2pm of the same day(Sunday) to be attended by the participants and the invited guests.

Activities already lined up for this grand finale include an empowerment program for over 500 widows and other indigent women, award’s of recognition to some important individuals, dancing/music competitions and the festival’s symbolic spiritual blessings from the Natural Head and Spiritual leader of the entire Oduduwa race globally; Arole Oduduwa Olofin Adimula, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, The Ooni of Ife.

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