Owa Oye, Olobu Of Ilobu, Dignitaries Graced Agidanyin Festival 2022

…As Anne Gift Foundation, Nigerian Breweries Plc, and Indomie Noodles support the event

Agidanyin Festival 2022 in Erinmo land kicked off with many dignitaries far and near celebrating founder’s day, symbolic cultural norms, and tradition.

The Royal Father of Agidanyin Festival 2022, Oba Enoch Ademila Akinyemi Oyoyo II, Owa Oye of Imesi Ile, in company of his high chiefs graced this year’s festival with great delight.

Owa Oye Imesi Ile prayed for peace and progress in Erinmo Town. The monarch and all that were present at the event performed the annual tradition blessed the ancient Erinmo Ijesa land with the release of the symbolic pigeons called on the indigenes and non-indigenes to support the Oba Arowtawaya II in his step to taking the town to greater heights.

Agidanyin is celebrated in remembrance of the great Erinmo ancestor, Agidanyin, the son of Obalufon Alayemore (3rd and 5th Ooni of Ife in history) who founded Erinmo land. Erinmo is regarded as the “land of spiritual mountains with cultural diversity”.

Owa Oye, Olobu Of Ilobu, Dignitaries Graced Agidanyin Festival 2022Owa Oye, Olobu Of Ilobu, Dignitaries Graced Agidanyin Festival 2022

The festival and town whose mountains are said to be holy and spiritually sacred attract huge visitors from all over the world seeking and finding solutions to various problems.

Agidanyin was a great and fearless warrior who participated actively in several wars especially the numerous inter-tribal wars during his time. Agidanyin festival is a symbolic festival in Erinmo Kingdom, it is a festival of founders and ancestors that brings a bountiful harvest, improved economy, and peace to the land.

Oba Ashiru Olatoye, Olaniyan II Olobu of Ilobu made his visit to the ancient city of Erinmo a glamorous one as a special guest in this year’s Agidanyin festival, alongside other traditional rulers.


Owa Oye Imesi Ile, Olobu Of Ilobu, Dignitaries Graced Agidanyin Festival 2022.

In line with Agidanyin Founder’s Day in Erinmo Ijesha, Oba (Dr.) Michael Odunayo Ajayi Arowotawaya II Elerinmo of Erinmo performed the symbolic royal blessing for his subject, Erinmo town, Osun State, and Nigeria at large using different symbolic cultural objects to ensure a positive outcome.

Owa Oye, Olobu Of Ilobu, Dignitaries Graced Agidanyin Festival 2022

The Agidanyin Festival 2022 witnessed many activities and intervention programs that were created to impact the people of Erinmo land.

These include an empowerment initiative sponsored by a non-governmental organisation, Anne Gift Foundation which collaborates with Oba Arowotawaya II to support Erinmo women cassava flakes (Garri) producers cooperative with N2 million to commence exclusive use of the Garri processing factory built and launched during the 2021 Agidanyin Festival.

Cash gifts were doled out to support and empower disabled persons and widows in Erinmo. Slaughtering and consumption of a whole cow on the spot left many in wonder at the festival.

This year’s festival received support from Indomie Noodles who cooked and served over 2000 people and Nigerian Breweries Plc who also support it with drinks to grace the event.

Speaking during the event, Elerinmo of Erinmo kingdom, Oba (Dr.) Michael Odunayo Ajayi Arowotawaya II appreciated God whom he said had been his guide so far.

According to Oba Arowotawaya II “the development of my people and my town are paramount, it cannot be compromised and I will never compromise it”.

Appreciating God that his reign as the Elerinmo of Erinmo will record huge success, he prayed that the ancient town will witness further development.

The event was graced by many dignitaries, indigenes, non-indigenes, and traditional rulers from far and near with prayers offered for peace and progress of Erinmo and Oodua descendants.

Youth member of the Nigerian Youth Congress, Hon. Sunday Amure in his statement said: Eku Odun, we appreciate Oba Arowotawaya II for hosting one of the best festivals in Nigeria.

“I am happy to be part of this year’s Agidanyin Festival. The Donations for the less privileged, widows, and the grant for Gaari Industry really made my day. I enjoyed it and I pray for Elerinmo of Erinmo for more fruitful and fulfilled years as a Father. Kabiesi! You are my newest role model on whose step, I will like to thread,” he concluded.


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