House of Oduduwa Announces Date For 2023 Ayan Agalu Festival In Ile-Ife, Here Is What To Know

House of Oduduwa Announces Date For 2023 Ayan Agalu Festival In Ile-Ife, Here Is What To Know

The House of Oduduwa has announced that the 2023 edition of the Annual Ayan Agalu Festival will hold on Friday, July 28, 2023.

Ayan Agalu Festival is one of the prominent cultural festivals celebrated in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, Osun State, Southwest Nigeria.

Historically, Ayan Agalu is a Yoruba deity of drum who was said to have descended next to Oduduwa at a place called Atiba, now a hub of traditional drummers in Ile-Ife.

The festival which had its first edition in the renowned city in 2022 was initiated by the Arole Oduduwa, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife to celebrate Ayan Agalu and drummers in general for their unique cultural significance.

It is essentially the celebration of a uniquely significant and beautiful communicative aspect of the Yoruba culture as manifested in the use of proverbs which are associated with the sounds of the drums in their various forms and components.

In a statement, the Global Ambassador of the Ayan Agalu Festival and Wife of the Ooni of Ife, Her Royal Majesty, Olori Aderonke Ademiluyi Ogunwusi described the Festival as an important cultural celebration initiated by the Ooni as part of his mission of promoting and preserving Yoruba's rich cultural heritage.

The festival which, according to the advertorial, is scheduled to hold at the Ojaja Arena inside Ife Grand Resorts and Industrial Hub will equally feature competitions, seminars, workshop and drum circle amidst elaborate cultural displays. 

It will simultaneously hold on the same date, Friday, July 28, 2023, with the Ayan Agalu (Drum Festival), Canada recently endorsed by the Ooni.

The Ooni in his endorsement letter for the event scheduled to take place at Fuzion Banquet Hall, Britannia Rd E, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, wrote, “the festival, which has its root in the Kingdom of Ife, South Western Nigeria, is a symbolic presentation of our culture, particularly about our social life, religion, monarchy and other core aspects of our existence”, Ooni said.


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