2019 Osun Osogbo Festival Commences, Ataoja Debunks Rumor of Selling Osun Goddess

Toba Adedeji

The Ataoja of Osogbo,  Oba Jimoh Oyetunji has refuted the claim that "Osun Osogbo goddess has been sold".

Oba Jimoh Oyetunji charged worshippers around the world to consider such the claim as unalloyed tittle-tattle.

The monarch stressed that the Osun Osogbo is a spiritual,  deity and an emissary of God which cannot be sold or bought by anybody. “In fact, it is not a physical property.

Oba Jimoh speaking against the backdrop of "Walk For Osun" which witnessed massive turnout by residents and worshippers of Osun Osogbo to mark the commencement of 2019 festival.

The walk which was used to symbolises unity among the people of various tribes resident in the state showcased some rhythmic  cultural dance steps to the admiration of all .

The Royal father while addressing newsmen said this year's 2019 Osun Osogbo festival is particularly unique as it is another time of blessings not only for the worshippers but all who grace the occasion from within and outside the country.

'I want people to realise that the festival of Osun will come up in 2019 in August as we usually celebrate every year ,that is why we are starting that of this year with a special program which is "walk for Osun". The people living in Osogbo Comprising all ethnic groups now have moved round Osogbo to tell the people that Osun still remains where it had been since the time of Larooye Gbadewolu ,the first Ataoja of Osogbo who came in contact with the spirit and the Spirit commanded him by way of covenant that it will be supporting him to let his town develop and grow and the children that will be producing will be offsprings that will have good benefit and that his city will remain the largest in his environment which we have realised today 'he added .

"So Osogbo being the state capital has been a great city since then .The walk is just an awareness that we are creating .The state and Federal government have really been encouraging the Osun Osogbo festival in many significant ways since it has been made an Heritage site 'he explained .

The monarch implored Federal government to pay more attention in terms of funding to the site which will further make it a site that will generate funds for the state and the nation .

He opined that If federal government can further develop the Grove whereby there will be inlet and outlet gates separately ,so that we can get people to be paying token to see the place and thus will generate revenue for the government

He said,  "We have been planning it for the past five years but we need government to embark in construction of new road that will separate the pedestal toad from that of the visitors who will come as visitors or tourists and people who want to receive blessings from Osun .

The consultant for the 2019 Osun Osogbo festival Toye Arulogun told newsmen that the walk for Osun is a show of the difference about this year's festival .The walk according to him is to foster unity among the residents of the state .
'You would see that apart from creating awareness ,the walk is also a statement in peace ,unity and oneness among the ethnic nationality and the people of Osogbo .'Arulogun stated .

"We are also working on a better event plan  management of people to ensure that people come and have a good time .Also we are assuring the people that despite all that is happening in Nigeria now as regards security, we are working so hard to make sure that anyone who comes for this festival is safe and everything goes peacefully .'He added .

The  2019 Osun Osogbo festival is expected to have various programs such as the Iwopopo (Traditional cleaning of the city) ,The Osun festival Youth Symposium (ONSU),The Lighting of the Mystic 16 Points Lamp known as the Olojumerindinlogun ,the Iboriade (Ataajo's crown Assemblage ),Ayo Olopon Contest amongst others before the grand finale which is the Grand procession to the groove.
2019 Osun Osogbo Festival Commences, Ataoja Debunks Rumor of Selling Osun Goddess 2019 Osun Osogbo Festival Commences, Ataoja Debunks Rumor of Selling Osun Goddess Reviewed by Toba Adedeji on 08:32 Rating: 5

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