Sunday 20 March 2016


Egungun Festival in Shomolu. © Olalekan Oduntan

These are some of the people who were guests during the beginning of on going Egungun festival in Shomolu. They were all wearing the same uniforms to grace the occasion. The masquerade entertained everybody with songs and dances. 

The acolytes too were busy leading and chorusing the songs while onlookers and all were dancing. It was a beautiful sight to behold. The masquerade prayed for everybody to be around and alive for next year festivity. Kola nuts, Alligator pepper, Bitter kola and Local gins were used by the elders around to pray for everybody. 

Shomolu land is known for hosting its yearly Egungun festival full of pump and pageantry which brings a lot of masquerades out in their different colourful costumes. The people normally tax themselves to host this important event yearly because they need funds to take care of cooking, drinking and general welfare of their invited guests. 

They also accept voluntary donations from all their well wishers. The Egungun prays for all with chants:

We see bitter kola every year,
May we all be alive to witness 
the next year Egungun festival.
We see kola nuts every year,
May we all be present in 
the next year festivity.

Alligator pepper seeds are 
always together as a bunch,
May our lives be whole and not scattered!
May we continue to have 
progress in all our endeavours,
And everybody said Ase! Ase!! Ase!!!

© Olalekan Oduntan 2016.

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