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19 Aug 2017

Osun Osogbo Festival ends with fanfare

The annual Osun Osogbo Festival ended on Friday with masqueraders, monarchs and traditionalists paying homage to the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, at the ancient Osogbo Grove.
Osun Osogbo festival
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the grand finale of the festival had a lot of cultural colouration with foreign and local tourists, state government functionaries and political office holders in attendance.

The Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, said at the event that the state was blessed with different tourist sites, noting that the Osun Osogbo Festival was unique for attracting local and foreign tourists.

The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Home Affairs, Dr. Simeon Obawale, said the event showcased the rich culture of Osogbo people.

He congratulated the Ataoja for successfully hosting the 2017 edition of the festival and residents for creating an atmosphere of peace.

Oba Olanipekun, who is the host of the festival, expressed delight at the turnout of visitors at the festival.

He thanked Aregbesola and Sen. Babajide Omoworare, the senator representing Osun East, for their support in ensuring the success of the festival.

Omoworare, who was the chairman of the occasion, said the law establishing the Nigeria Tourism Development Commission would be reviewed to allow for proper development of tourism in the country.

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