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OSOSO CARNIVAL 2021: WE ROCK (VIDEOS &PHOTOS)

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By Aishat Momoh. O.

The Ososo Carnival is a well-known festival that takes place every year near the end of the year, usually between December 27 and December 30.

Ososo Carnival 2021 procession

The Carnival includes rallies, dancing, and a high level of entertainment, with well-known guest artists recruited to amuse the crowds.

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The 11th edition of the Ososo Carnival kicked off on Monday, December 27th, 2021, with the theme: Ososo Carnival 2021 ‘We Rock.’

Ososo Bonfire Night

Picnic on the Rock, Bonfire Night, Pageant and Awards, Carnival procession, Musical concert, and a closing ceremony were among the events.

It’s a festival that celebrates Ososo’s cultural heritage, traditions, and tourist potential in the Akoko-Edo local government area of Edo state, Nigeria.

Carnival procession

The Carnival is a spectacular demonstration of the Ososo spirit and its ancient culture of loving hospitality and welcome.

It’s also a bizarre representation of the Ososo culture of peace, community, and good neighborliness.

The concept for the leisure event (Ososo Carnival) came to a group of young and innovative Ososo residents shortly after Season 8 of the Gulder Ultimate Search, a Nigerian reality television series created and sponsored by Nigerian brewers PLC, was held in Ososo in 2011.

Since the first edition’s successful organization, the Ososo Carnival has grown into one of the most anticipated major events that residents of Ososo and surrounding areas, as well as those in the Diaspora, look forward to each year.

Ososo Carnival also received the full support of the Edo State Government, owing to Ososo’s great tourism potential and Ososo Carnival’s ability to significantly contribute to the development of tourism in Nigeria.

However, in Ososo there are other festivals that are very important. One of which is the Obikho Festival (Womanhood Tradition).

OBIKHO FESTIVAL (WOMANHOOD TRADITION)

This is one of the most cherished traditions of Ososo, just as every other Nigerian town has its own customs and traditions.

In the Kingdom of Ososo, the Obikho Festival is very important and noteworthy.

Initiation to Womanhood

Obikho is simply referred to as the initiation of girls into womanhood, and it is normally performed once a year on females who have reached adulthood, during which the girl is held in the house for seven days without being involved in domestic house chores.

This time period is also known as the holly period.

Young girls demonstrate their virginity by strolling around town and even in market locations naked, attracting suitors.

Initiation to Womanhood

This, however, is entirely dependent on personal preferences.

On the last day of the sanctification (holy period), the maiden, known as Obikho, is escorted in naked to a designated location where the final traditional rites are performed, signaling the end of the Obikho, which is performed only once in a lifetime and is mandatory for every female child in the town.

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