Traditional Festival Can Be Celebrated Without Violating Covid-19 Guidelines -Stakeholder 

Makes case for Inclusion of Ifa Studis  in School Curriculum

 

Eniola Adewumi

 

 

A traditional stakeholder and Head Ifa worshippers in Delta Community, Ekiti state chapter Chief Noah Agbogun  has declared that all traditional festivals can still be celebrated without the adherence violating compliance of covid-19 medical advisories.

 

Chief Agbogun who said he celebrated  this year 2020  Ifa festival in line with Covid-19 preventive guidelines  added that the celebration  took place in his traditional home in Ado Ekiti having in attendance less than 20 people.

 

Chief Agbogun while speaking with Journalist explained that from inception, mode of performing  the real  aspect of all African traditional festival has been in line with all the government guidelines now stipulated  to prevent the spread of coronavirus, he added that the kind of  celebration which goes with fanfare and  usually attract large gatherings was inculcated for social reason

 

“ and this can be easily done away with without affecting the traditional festival and the appeasement to the ancestors for God’s acceptance of our prayers which is the bane of any traditional festival worldwide.

 

“For instance  Ifa divination  chooses  date for worshippers to celebrate the festival , we cant celebrate anytime on our own, our Festival is called OGBELOTUN,OSALOSI, today Friday14th of August is the day given to us by the divination, you can see everything is in line with pandemic preventive guideline, unknown to many people the core aspect of African traditional festival has taken care of all these , the celebration which attracts crowd is just human addition for merrymaking and homecoming which in this period can easily be removed for pandemic.

 

‘In  enforcing the  covid-19 directive  friends, families, well wishers  both home and abroad  who would have been around this time have sent  several messages on social media to greet us , we  have also prepared   take away gift of free herbs, food and drinks  for neighbours,wellwishers  around to just pick and go as they come, and its not possible for them to come at the same time , when no provision for such , this year Ifa festival falls on the same date with Osun Oshogbo festival because of the spiritual relationship between the two”

 

On how to discover  Covid-19 drug, Chief Ajogun lamented that African system has been designed in a way that all their hearts/lives  have been placed in the hands of white people.

 

 

“our system  is not favourable  at all. Africa  traditional stakeholders have wherewithal on remedy for coronavirus but what of acceptability, credibility and belivability  couple with long process of ascertainment, but I want to urge our government especially in Nigeria not to belittle or downgrade African medicine in curative for human existence.

 

Chief Agbogun also urged government to include the Study of Ifa in school curriculum  this according to him “will eradicate ignorance and corruption in society, it will also boost development in Nigeria” he advised

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