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Thursday, 18 May 2017

Eyo festival: Do not wear shoes, head ties – Oba of Lagos warns residents, visitors




The Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu II has sent out early warning to Lagosians against putting on shoes, and women against wearing head ties on Saturday as the state hosts Eyo Festival.

Speaking at a press conference at the Ilupesi Square in Lagos Island on Thursday, the Oba warned that such thing would go against the ancient tradition.

Eyo festival: Do not wear shoes, head ties – Oba of Lagos warns residents, visitors

The monarch made the declaration while informing the residents and visitors about the forthcoming Lagos@50 Eyo Festival scheduled to hold on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

The Oba was represented by the Olumegbon of Lagos, Chief Fatai Lawal, who outlined the dos and don’ts of the festival.

He also urged everyone not to wear any shoes within the vicinity of the masquerades, adding that
female must not wear any form of head ties to the event. rilwan

He said the Eyo Festival was being held as part of the Lagos@50 celebrations to honour illustrious sons of Lagos, including His Royal Highness, the Late Elegushi of Ikate, Oba Yekinni Elegushi (Kusenla II) and the deceased Co-Chairman, Lagos@50 Committee, Mr. Rasheed Gbadamosi.

The Oba assured residents and visitors that adequate security had been arranged for a successful festival and informed the public that the procession would take off at the Iga Iduganran to culminate at the Tafawa Balewa Square where the various Eyo groups would be on parade.

The Oba of Lagos said that the Eyo Festival would boost tourism as people were expected from all over the world to witness the festival which holds only on important occasions.

He assured the public that free transportation would be provided to the venue from all the areas of the State.



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