Eyo festival in lagos state nigeria
Today,25th april 2009 the eyo festival is taking place in honour of late Otunba Tos Benson.The eyo festival is staged specifically in honour of an illustrious diseased person.Otunba Tos Benson was until his death a remarkable judge and one of the foermost citizen of lagos. The eyo festival is an ancient occasion in the historical lagosian society.The famous eyo Agoogoro Eyoo which means what a tall and imposing eyo have the slogan mo yo fun e mo yo fun ra mi meaning i rejoice for you i rejoice for myself. The eyo masqurade parade began by traders from badagry on lagos island .the point of performance then was known as oke ita which was later found to be the lagoon end of Glover road,ikoyi Lagos.This was the sites where successive kings and chiefs in lagos used to visit to watch adamu orisa play in those days.According to the Governor of lagos,the eyo adamu orisa in the views of international spectators rank in the pangentory oon a higher plane than the rio carnival.The Governor fof lagos invested in the festival within the context of uplifting the play to an international standard with an eye for its potential economic impacts on the residents of lagos state.The order of events for the programme takes a full week with the following processions, the senior eyo group, the adimu(identified by a black broad-rimmed hat),goes puplic with a staff when this happens it means that the event will take place the following saturday.Each of the four important ones Laba(red),Oniko(yellow),Ologede(green),Agere( purple),will each take their turns from monday to thursday.Today ,is the grand event where they all come together to parade the street of lagos.
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