Ijebu Ode located in south-western Nigeria with an estimated population of 222,653 is home to the yearly Ojude Oba festival.
The festival, which usually takes place two days after the Eid-el-Kabir celebration is a testimony to the fun-loving nature, enterprise, doggedness and the rich cultural heritage of the Ijebu people, both at home and in the Diaspora.
History has it that the festival started some hundred years ago when Imam Tunwatoba in company of his family members, paid homage to Oba Fidipote, the then Awujale of Ijebuland in appreciation to the king’s efforts in ensuring Islamic religion progress in his province. However, what started as a pious visit is today one of the biggest flagship cultural festivals attracting tourists from different parts of the world to Nigeria.
Though it has its origin in Islam, but is now celebrated by all as a unifying force for the people and indeed is the most celebrated event in South West Nigeria in recent times.