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Cultural Festivals in Nigeria | Explore Nigeria

Cultural Festivals in Nigeria | Explore Nigeria

My people gather around........Guess who is contributing to the blog today........Drumsssss, it's Funmi Ajala. If you follow her on Instagram you will realise that she's the definition of travelling differently. She is passionate about social impact through photography and travel stories. She is the founder of "Funmi Ajala Travels" via which she showcases the beauty of Nigeria and Africa as a beautiful continent filled with lovely heritage and cultures.  Below the visual storyteller encourages us to draw nearer to cultures and attend festival celebrations in Nigeria. Let's delve in!.

Nigeria is a country that is culturally blessed. We are a people of culture which we celebrate with the unique festivals across the country. There are many festivals in Nigeria and here is a list of a few I have attended.
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1. OLOJO Festival

This festival takes place in Ile-Ife, Osun State. It is a week to two weeks festival of which the Ooni of Ife goes into seclusion for five days. He comes out of seclusion on the fifth day which is the eve of the Olojo Festival itself.

The festival is to commemorates the day of creation.The OOni is expected to wear the Ade Aare which is worn by him only on this day for less than an hour.  Myth has it that the crown weighs 50kg, which is equivalent to a big bag of rice.

 Funmi Ajala Travels | Olojo Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | Olojo Festival

 Funmi Ajala Travels | Olojo Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | Olojo Festival

 Funmi Ajala Travels |  Olojo Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | Olojo Festival

2. OJUDE OBA Festival

This is a yearly festival celebrated by the Ijebus, one of the major tribes in Ogun State. It takes place the second day day after the Ileya (Big Sallah) celebration.

Still in the festive mood from the sallah celebration, prominent sons and daughters of Ijebu in their various age group, referred to as "regberegbe", gaily dressed in different vibrant colours, gather at the square opposite the Awujale's palace in parade to pay obeisance to the king.

There is no fixed month for this festival, it is determined by the Ileya festival every year

 Funmi Ajala Travels |  OJUDE OBA Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | OJUDE OBA Festival

 Funmi Ajala Travels |  OJUDE OBA Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | OJUDE OBA Festival

3. DURBAR Festival

Durbar festival is also known as the traditional Hawan Daushe Durbar. It is part of the activities marking the Eid-el-Fitr, also known as the 'small sallah' celebration.

This is an annual festival celebrated after the 30 days fasting by the muslims globally. This festival is celebrated majorly in the Northern States that uses the Emirate system. This means there is no Oba but an Emir instead.

 Funmi Ajala Travels |  DURBAR Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | DURBAR Festival

 Funmi Ajala Travels |  DURBAR Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | DURBAR Festival

4. OROSUN Festival

This is a festival celebrated by the Idanre people every May. The Idanre indigenes travel down to Idanre for this week long festival. Spiritual cleansing of the old ancient town is performed and offering is made to Orosun, the god of the highest peak on the hill

 Funmi Ajala Travels |  OROSUN Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | OROSUN Festival

 Funmi Ajala Travels |  OROSUN Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | OROSUN Festival

5. OSUN OSOGBO Festival

This is a yearly festival which takes place in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State. It is an international festival which takes place at a  illustrious and sacred Osun Grove, which was named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005.

It is a two-week long festival. The highlight is when the Arugba carries the calabash to the river escorted by tons of Osun worshipers.

 Funmi Ajala Travels |  OSUN OSOGBO Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | OSUN OSOGBO Festival

6. AFRICAN DRUM Festival

This is a tourism initiated festival to showcase our diverse yet similar culture in drums as Africans. This is an initiative of the Ogun State Government.

This year's edition took place from 19th-21st of April, 2018.

 Funmi Ajala Travels | African Drum Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | African Drum Festival

 Funmi Ajala Travels | African Drum Festival

Funmi Ajala Travels | African Drum Festival

Final thoughts on attending Festivals in Nigeria

I hope that someday soon festivals and carnivals will stand out as both a thrilling expereince and a focal point for tourism in Nigeria

Participating in the cultural festivals in Nigeria is an unreal experience and a way of understanding the country's rich cultural heritage. There are so much more festival events which are worth attending and they are;

1. Calabar carnival

2. Lagos carnival

3. Sacred Forest of Osun festival

4. Eyo masquerade festival

5. Ofala festival

6. Argungu fishing festival

7. New yam festival

8. Igue festival

9. Obatala festival

10. Ivbamen festival

It is safe to say that almost every state in Nigeria celebrates one form of cultural festival or the other throughout the year. So plug in when you can. 

 Funmi Ajala Travels | Cultural Festivals in Nigeria

Funmi Ajala Travels | Cultural Festivals in Nigeria

Thanks to Funmi Ajala for contributing this insightful article, showcasing the beautiful festivals across Nigeria. Please feel free to follow on all her adventures via her website and IG page, Funmi Ajala Travels

Have you attended any festivals in Nigeria? We would love to read from you in the comment section, please share with us your favourite festivals.

Till our next adventure, be kind to one another and loads of love.

Margaret.

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