The Kingdom of Oyotunji African Village kicks off another 2019 Festival Season in celebration of the founder and Father of the Cultural Restoration Movement, HRH Oba Efuntola Oseijeman Adefunmi I; and what a grand occasion it will be. Come with us and experience the "401 candlelight vigil" illuminating the spirit, vision and living legacy of Oba Waja and other cultural leaders, advocates and families, workshops, history, Royal ancestral parade and more.
The Igbega Alade ( Royal Elevation) Festival this year will begin with a Friday Night Opening drum ceremony followed by a film highlighting the journey and development of traditional African leadership from the royal lineage of the Adefunmi and Alladaxonu clans.. On Saturday , February 9, 2019 the day of festivities will end with the fundraising "All White Movie Premiere” event of 'Bigger Than Africa'. THE with questions and answers that provided a more in depth understanding of the history and future OAV and its extended community strive to push forward every day.
Over 100 emailed prayers and names from individuals and clans who were unable to travel down, toasts and testimonials at the tomb of Oba Waja was indeed the highlight of the Igbega Alade Festival. Following the Vigil, an African cuisine of Egusi stew and fufu was served to guests in the Aafin (Palace).
Sunday concluded the Igbega Alade Festival with the society of Obatala Priests hosting a traditional Bembe in honor of HRH Oba Adefunmi I. The words provided from HRM Oba Adejuyigbe Adefunmi II acknowledged “all things African”, our culture as our foundation and code of conduct for navigating life.
The experience of Igbega Alade launching the 2013 Oyotunji Afican Village is an ebo that now gives all who were in some way, shape or form connected, the ability to plot a course with focus and resolve; not just for the month of February, but for the 365 days to come.