This year, ICT firm MTN, would be joining the city of survivors, land of the ancients, spiritual cradle and seat of the Yorubas Ile-Ife in the culture rich, Olojo festival. The annual Olojo Festival is a celebration which recognises and remembers the great feats by the god of iron Ogun, believed to be the first son of Oduduwa and forefather of the Yoruba people.
Here’s a little background on the Olojo festival –
The Olojo festival or Ogun festival as it is also called commemorates the god Ogun. He was the first god to descend to earth while it was still a marshy wasteland because only he possessed a tool, an iron cutlass that could penetrate the dense vegetation, thus he cleared the way for the other deities to descend. When Obatala (Father of all) had finished molding the physical form of the first ancestors, it was Ogun who added the finishing touches a role he played throughout creation.
To celebrate this day, the Ooni goes into a week of seclusion and denial communing with the ancestors and praying for his people. This is to make him pure and ensure the efficacy of his prayers. During this time, women from his maternal and paternal families sweep the Palace, symbolically ridding the Palace of evil.
MTN through its KultureFest initiative has kept to its promise of going everywhere to celebrate cultural festivals in the country. Under KultureFest, important festivals and traditional celebrations like the Ofala Nnewi festival, Argungu festival, Osun/Osogbo drum festival and the Ilorin Durbar festival during the Sallah season festivals have been aided.
The ICT company joined in on the celebration as part of its efforts to promote the rich cultural heritage found throughout the Nigerian landscape. KultureFest aims to support, enrich and showcase the diverse culture that is spread all over the country to the world. The initiative is borne out of the desire to preserve and project the country as one with a rich cultural heritage.
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