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Osun-Osogbo festival defies fuel subsidy cut, expects record turnout



In an electrifying declaration that sent shockwaves through the cultural landscape, Mr. Aworeni Joseph, the enigmatic Curator and Site Manager of the revered Osun-Osogbo Groove, stood firm against the ominous cloud of petroleum subsidy removal.

With an unyielding spirit that matched the beating heart of the festival, Joseph proclaimed that the imminent removal of the subsidy would pale in comparison to the impending magnificence of the grand finale set to captivate onlookers this Friday.

In a riveting exchange with our correspondent, Joseph held nothing back, his words laced with unwavering confidence. “We are destined for a staggering turnout,” he proclaimed, his voice echoing with certainty, “not even the turbulence of subsidy removal can quench the fire of this monumental event.”

As the interview unfolded in the vibrant streets of Osogbo, Joseph’s conviction painted a vivid picture of a festival that transcends mere boundaries. “Our Osun-Osogbo Festival,” he declared with an air of authority, “is a global phenomenon that beckons tourists from every corner of the world. Even during the shackles of the COVID-19 pandemic, when movement was restricted, our festival still drew a resounding crowd.”

His gaze unflinching, Joseph delivered a bold prediction that reverberated with audacity. “Mark my words,” he exclaimed, “fuel subsidy removal shall not dim the allure of our celebration. In fact, this year’s grand finale shall eclipse all previous years, fueling a turnout that will shatter records.”

Joseph’s narrative was laced with tales of collaboration and dedication. He unveiled a grand tapestry woven by the National Commission for Museum and Monuments (NCMM), the revered Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, and the vigilant guardians of tradition, the Osogbo Heritage Council and the Osun-Osogbo Festival Council. In hushed tones, he revealed meticulous preparations, discussions with security agencies, and the unwavering support of the state government—each thread intricately woven to craft a narrative of triumph.

The Osun-Osogbo Festival, steeped in the sands of time, bore witness to centuries of tradition. Nestled within the ancient grove, this cultural gem stood tall as a testament to the Yoruba spirit. Its recognition as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005 cemented its global significance, a beacon of tradition that defied the passage of years.

For the vibrant people of Osogbo, the festival was more than a celebration—it was a spiritual cleansing, a jubilant reunion with ancestors and the very essence of the Osogbo kingdom. In a world where the tides of change threatened to wash away traditions, the festival stood unyielding, a testament to the indomitable spirit of culture.

And so, with unwavering determination, the Osun-Osogbo Festival cast aside the shadows of subsidy removal, embracing the future with open arms. As the grand finale drew near, the air crackled with anticipation, a promise of spectacle, tradition, and an unbreakable connection to a heritage that defied all odds.

Olajide Idowu

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