Osun Govt. Congratulates Ooni on Obatala Festival Celebration
The Government of the State of Osun has congratulated the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja II and the entire sons and daughters of Ile-Ife on the celebrations of this year annual Obatala Festival.
This is contained in a statement by the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Information, Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Mrs Femi Webster-Esho.
According to her, the annual Obatala Festival is celebrated in remembrance and reverence of Obatala, the Yoruba god of purity.
She stated that, the festival which kicked-off on Wednesday (11th January, 2017) will come to a close on Monday (23rd January,2017) in Ile-Ife.
According to her, the festival started with the Oshooshi rites when adherents of Obatala in company of well-wishers circumvolution the Oshooshi Temple while offering prayers for Obatala’s guidance, protection and blessings.
Mrs Webster-Esho observed that since the festival draws dignitaries from all walks of life, it is imperative for the
celebrants and well-wishers to be peaceful and law abiding to prevent anarchy and chaos.
She therefore prayed for a successful and fruitful 2017 Obatala Festival on behalf of the State Government.