The Kabiyesi, HRH, Oba Iyiola Matanmi III , once a year, leads his
subjects and other Osun faithfuls to the Shrine to pay a special homage
to the Osun goddess.
The New Palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo.
A Carver's Workshop in Osogbo, Nigeria.
The Otun Ajagunna of Osogbo, Chief B.A. Oparinde with the Eketa-Iyalode
of Osogbo standing by the Wilmington(USA)/Osogbo sister-city local
office in Osogbo.
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Osogbo -The people, The traditions...
Cultural: - In spite of the advent of Christianity and Islam and
their influences which have led to the decline of traditional religions
of Yoruba towns generally, the people of Osogbo still cherish their
age-old cultures and traditions. Although the number of Churches and
Mosques continues to increase, the ever-popular and crowd-pulling
annual Osun Osogbo Festival shows that the people of Osogbo have
preserved their cultural identity. On the festival day, both Muslims
and Christians are found among the participants and the observants.
Other traditional festivals include Egungun, Ifa, Sango, Oya etc.
There are many historical monuments of note in Osogbo such as the Osun
Shrine, the highly intriguing Osun Courtyard (Agbala Osun), Igbo Ipa,
Idi Baba etc.
Osogbo People and Arts
Renowned artists like
Jimoh Buraimoh, Chief
"Twins 77", Nike and Okonfo Rao Kawawa
have their studios
and art galleries in Osogbo. These people are artists of great
international repute who specialize in mosaic art and bead painting,
carving etc. All of them however have something in common, their
successful career have all, at one point or the other, been directly
influenced and imparted by the great artistic and naturally creative
traditions of Osogbo. There are also a host of other renowned artists,
stage actors and actresses, traditional African beat dancers -even
younger up coming ones who have all had their bites in their unique
professions right from a humble beginning in this specially endowed
City of Osogbo.
PLACES OF CULTURAL INTEREST
Notable among the many places of cultural entrancing interests in
Osogbo are the Obafemi Awolowo University Museum at Popo Street ,
Susane Wenger's studio at Ibokun Road, the Osun groove, the Ataoja's old and new
palaces, several other scenic sites including burstling trading
activities at Oja Oba or Orisunbare markets etc.
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