By Sunday Oguntuyi Osogbo
The Owarisa Obokun, Ilowa-Ijesa, Oba Adebukola Alli has on Friday disclosed the reason behind the celebration of Owa Festival, annually.
He said, the festival is to commemorate the reign of Owa Ajibogun who was the progenitor of Ilowa, the cradle of Ijesas who subjugate his territory to other IJesa towns.
Recall that Owa Ajibogun, who was the founder of Ilowa-Ijesa, was the first Owa that reigned, died and buried in Ilowa.
The monarch who spoke through one of the high Chief, Chief Festus Odunayo Ojo, Lejoka of Ilowa said the Festival which is celebrated every 27th day of August has its root in commemoration of the historical cognizance of the Ilowa-Ijesa.
According to him, “it is important to remember the tradition and the culture of Ilowa-Ijesa and Ijesa generally. Many people know that Ilowa is the cradle of the Ijesa.
“The Yoruba axiom says when a child forgets his home, he leaves himself to suffer. We should always remember and keep our origin in mind. This year’s Festival is focused on promoting homecoming of indigent members of the town.
He thereafter enjoined indigent members of the town in diaspora to take the opportunity of the Festival to come around.
“I appeal to them to join the town during the time of festivities. Our home is our home.”