Osogbo -The City, the People
Osogbo -The people, The traditions...
- In spite of the advent of Christianity and Islam and their influences
which have led to the decline of traditional religions of Yoruba towns
generally, the people of Osogbo still cherish their age-old cultures
and traditions. Although the number of Churches and Mosques continues
to increase, the ever-popular and crowd-pulling annual Osun Osogbo
Festival shows that the people of Osogbo have preserved their cultural
identity. On the festival day, both Muslims and Christians are found
among the participants and the observants.
traditional festivals include Egungun, Ifa, Sango, Oya etc. There are
many historical monuments of note in Osogbo such as the Osun Shrine,
the highly intriguing Osun Courtyard (Agbala Osun), Igbo Ipa, Idi Baba
Osogbo People and Arts
Renowned artists like Jimoh Buraimoh, Chief "Twins 77", Nike and Okonfo Rao Kawawa have
their studios and art galleries in Osogbo. These people are artists of
great international repute who specialize in mosaic art and bead
painting, carving etc. All of them however have something in common,
their successful career have all, at one point or the other, been
directly influenced and imparted by the great artistic and naturally
creative traditions of Osogbo. There are also a host of other renowned
artists, stage actors and actresses, traditional African beat dancers
-even younger up coming ones who have all had their bites in their
unique professions right from a humble beginning in this specially
endowed City of Osogbo.
PLACES OF CULTURAL INTEREST
among the many places of cultural entrancing interests in Osogbo are
the Obafemi Awolowo University Museum at Popo Street , Nike Art Gallery, Jimoh
Buraimoh's Heritage Foundation, Twins 77's Keke Elemu's gallery, Susane Wenger's
Studios at Ibokun Road, the Osun groove,
the Ataoja's old and new palaces, several other scenic sites including
burstling trading activities at Oja Oba or Orisunbare markets etc.
LEGEND IN YORUBA HISTORY
Amongst all Yoruba cities and
states -dating back to the famous Old Oyo empire -Ilu Oso-Igbo, as Osogbo
was popularly known then, has played enviable and heroic roles which, in
addition to God's benevolence, had seen the city enjoyed cordial
relationships with the powers that be in those days. Hence, Osogbo prides in
that it has never been conquered by any ravaging war.
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