2019 Osun Festival: Equity Global To Introduce Innovations
A tourism, art and culture consultancy group, the Equity Global, has promised to introduce some innovations to this year edition of Osun Osogbo annual festival.
The Principal Consultant, Mr. Williams Derrick, gave the assurance when he led a delegation team of the group on a courtesy visit to the palace of the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun Oyetunji, Larooye II.
Making the disclosure that the Equity Global has been appointed the new consultant for Osun Osogbo festival, Derrick said they are planning to work with more local people in diverse trades and arts and culture business to make the festival memorable and eventful.
According to him, with the group’s visit to the Ataoja and his traditional chiefs “preparation for the festival and the plans to make this year edition different from the previous ones have begun in earnest.”
The Ataoja, who gave brief historical account of how the Osun festival started, said its annual celebrations have brought immeasurable economic values to Osun State and Nigeria.
Oba Oyetunji said the festival annually contributed not only to the local economy but the national economy with influx of people from all parts of the world to participate in the religious tourism.
He explained that he was determined to preserve the heritage of the festival and the Osun Sacred Grove, which was listed among the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) world heritage site in 2005.
The Ataoja said as a custodian of Osun deity he has the responsibility to ensure her preservation and safe keeping preservation.
The first class monarch, who denied alleged sales of Osun deity, which he described as an “immovable spirit,” advised the people to disregard the accusation
He maintained that selling Osun deity amounts to selling his throne, saying “it will be foolish of me to sell the Osun godess, the source and essence of my power as the Ataoja.”
Oba Oyetunji, who commended the team of Equity Global for the visit, said the people of Osogbo will be looking forward to a good working relationship with the group.