OSOGBO – Arrangements have been concluded to hold the 2019 grand finale of the annual Osun Osogbo socio- cultural festival today.
The groove where the main event of the cultural festival will take place now wears new look.
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Some devotees from far and near have arrived Osogbo, the capital city of Osun state even as the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, who is the chief host has been receiving visitors in his palace since two days ago.
All the royal compounds in Osogbo are also beehive of activities ahead of the festival,even as the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Chief Gani Adams,expressed his readiness to be part of the event.
Ahead of today’s event, Chief Adams led numerous members of Oodua Peoples’ Congress (OPC) on a leadership retreat for members and attended programmes in preparatory to the grand finale.
Meanwhile, the police in the state have warned adherents, tourists and visitors against carrying arms.
Osun state commissioner of Police, Mrs. Abiodun Ige warned that any one found with arms during the ongoing grand finale of the festival would be made to face full wrath of the law.
She ,however, assured tourists and adherents of adequate security adding that enough men have been drafted to strategic locations over the event.
The Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, implored the federal and Osun state goverment to support efforts that could further draw attention of the global community to Osun Osogbo festival.
He said there was strong power and authority of God in Osun Osogbo deity, adding that the late Susan Wenger was promoted by Osun Osogbo because she served the deity diligently.
He added:”Her name would remain indelible including her husband, Uli Beier. Anybody and corporate organisations that promotes Osun Osogbo festival would record success in their endeavours”
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