For several years now EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE have engaged the spiritual social, political, historical,economic and cultural landscapes in Ile Iere ati Ile Aloubera – Republic Trinidad & Tobago in order to redefine the African status in our twin island Republic.
Caribbean ACTIVISTS AND REVOLUTIONARIES HAVE SOUGHT CONTINUOUSLY, since the Caribbean’s encounter with Cristobal Colon and Europe to describe an identify for the amalgam of peoples that have since populated the region. This definition process has attempted to recognise the component peoples that now constitute Caribbean society.
Egbe Onisin Eledumare, which was spawned in this time, as a direct outcome of Caribbean Black Power upheavals that placed emphasis on the redefinition of our society to include the African and First Nations perspectives as part of the discourse as to who we are.
This engagement saw Egbe Onisin Eledumare engaging the African self in it’s attempt to revitalise the African image and to collaborate and cooperate with the First Nations inhabitants of our region.
Once again old ideas were merged with the current moment of history and time to construct and reconstruct our Ancient Heritage. Egbe Onisin Eledumare utilising the revolutionary thoughts and practices of other revolutionary units throughout the African Diaspora, began reclaiming and reconstructing African rites of passages, and reinvigorating old Festivals with updated perspectives and formats of presentation.
Among the Festivals reclaimed was Odun Ijesu ati Iwude Ogun. These two Festivals closely related to the islands economic ethos were formulated by the Administration of Egbe Onisin Eledumare with the direction of the then Spiritual Matriarch/ Leader/ Guide Iyalorisa Louisa Catherine Toussaint , then Iya Ijo.
Odun Ijesu has since been the most significant Festival of Egbe Onisin Eledumare.
The Festival is agrarian in it’s essence and embodies the noble ideal that an independent people should feed itself from it’s own agricultural produce.
The ideal is still being pursued.
This year our Festival will be from Saturday 28th. December, 2013 – January 3rd., 2014.
All civic minded citizens are invited to join us as we celebrate this year,s Festival.
Items of agricultural produce, particularly yam may be brought as offerings to the Festival. Ground provisions such as eddoes, cassava,dasheen and other produce such as corn, ochroes, peppers, melongene, oranges, honey, sugar cane etc. may be brought for offering.
The opening days event begins SATURDAY 28TH. DECEMBER,2013 at Bamboo Trace and Morne Coco Road corner next to the Diego Martin Regional Corporation‘s Office and that of the Member of Parliament for the area.
TIME : 10.00A.M
Member of Parliament Dr. Amery Brown and Chairman of the Diego Martin Regional Corporation have been invited to attend, along with several other Orisa Shrines, kpaale and organizations.
- Eniyan Wa 15th Annual Egungun Festival 2013 a Success (yorubasacredsciencecentre.wordpress.com)