Oro lle Wa “The Tradition of Our Heritage”
Every year for the past 38 years on the first Saturday of December, the Odogbolu Community gathers its sons and daughters to celebrate a year of good works by individuals, clubs and societies. The citizens of Odogbolu take an active role to access and support security of the community, health programs and sponsor education. No matter how far an Odogbolu son or daughter roams, home is home and one must respond to the needs of their hometown and return ‘home’ from time to time.
To celebrate this dedication to Odogbolu, a week of traditional games, traditional masquerades, football and spelling quiz competitions, and marathon races are organized by the Odogbolu Community Development Council. To culminate the festivities, a Woro Carnival Parade winds through the dusty streets that leads to the Community Town Hall. Here, the traditional ruler, town elders, local government officials, age-groups, members of clubs and societies, and guests gather to raise funds for next year’s town improvements.
It is a high honor that the Alaya of Odogbolu, Chief Oludemi, President of Odogbolu Community Development Council, and the town elders invite me to preside on this day as ‘Mother of the Day’. Thirty-eight years ago, my first son was born so it is a two-fold joy to celebrate!
In this increasingly globalized world, there is a tendency to look to corporations or government for economic solutions and support. The Odogbolu aspiration is to preserve its local character and have an economic advantage by supporting its local industry such as cassava and palm nut agricultural production. The citizens of Odogbolu recognize the need to build a strong community by sustaining an active town center and contributing to local causes. This ensures that important decisions are made locally by people who live in the community and who will benefit from the impacts of those decisions. Furthermore, Odogbolu is proud of its Yoruba heritage and on Odogbolu Day, we enjoy a variety of traditional drummers and dancers:
Music by : Orin Orisa. Yoruba Traditional Songs of Praises for OrisaAdedayo Ologundudu 2009, Oro lle Wa “The Tradition of Our Heritage”
Masqueraders on Odogbulu Day
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Lesley, congratulations on both the account of Omar’s birth and of your being “Mother of the Day”! You look terrific, and the article and video are both very interesting. Thank you.
It struck me that Omar was born 38 years ago and being ‘Mother of the Day’ was quite a nice coincidence. 🙂
Congratulations, Lesley. Loved the video – haven’t seen masquerades in years. And you look great in traditional gear.
Thanks, Ayo 🙂
The photos and video of this event are so interesting! Congratulations on being ‘Mother of the Day.” You look lovely in traditional clothing. I love the colorful dress and especially the combination of different patterns worn together. I am so curious about the meaning of some of the costumes. Is it possible to explain? Thank you so much for sharing all of this. Karen
Thanks so much. I will put together some information about the masquerade. So glad you enjoyed it. L.
Lesley thank you for sharing this most wonderful celebration. Congratulations and keep in touch. Sally Livengood
Thank you so much for your reply. I really appreciate it.
Happy New Year!