Magbo Festival: Ikorodu Monarch tells Women and Children to Stay Indoors as community holds annual Oro festival

By Muminat Ajide

In anticipation of the Magbo Festival in Ikorodu, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, has issued a directive urging women and children to remain indoors during the community’s annual Oro Festival. The Oro Festival, a significant cultural event in Ikorodu, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, May 16th, 2024.

The Magbo Festival, also known as the Oro Festival, holds deep cultural significance and is a gender-specific tradition practiced exclusively by men. As part of tradition, children who have not reached puberty are exempt from participation, and women are encouraged to avoid venturing outside their homes during the festival.

In a letter addressed to the medical director of Ikorodu General Hospital, Oba Kabiru Shotobi emphasized the importance of adhering to tradition during the Oro Festival. He stated, “According to tradition, all females are urged to stay in their respective homes and refrain from venturing around the town during the Oro Festival.”

Furthermore, the monarch highlighted the jurisdiction of the Oro tradition, reminding organizations within its purview to respect and comply with the town’s customs. He expressed appreciation for their cooperation in ensuring the success of the festival.

The Oro Festival serves as a time-honored celebration of culture and heritage in Ikorodu, providing an opportunity for the community to come together in reverence and unity. With the guidance of Oba Kabiru Shotobi, residents are expected to observe the traditions associated with the festival while fostering a sense of pride in their cultural identity.


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