The climax of the 8-day Oshun Festival was celebrated at Oshogbo, 150 miles northeast of Lagos, last Friday (18 August).
The climax of the 8-day Oshun Festival was celebrated at Oshogbo, 150 miles northeast of Lagos, last Friday (18 August). In this tourist centre of Western Nigeria thousands gather every August to watch the sons and daughters of Oshogbo show their appreciation of the kindness and protection given them by the Goddess of Oshun, whom they believe was a Goddess immortalised by her magical powers and love for her children. Adherents claim she has the power to make barren women fertile. The festival climax is in the form of a procession down to the Oshun River and Shrine, led by a young virgin calabash carrier called the "Arugba". The occasion is not only one of ritual worship, but also a merry-making one accompanied by much pageantry, dancing, and loud music.