Last year the Alaafin Oyo, Kabiyesi Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III hosted the First World SANGO Festival 2013 in Oyo Federal Republic Nigeria.
This attempt marked a new dimension in the celebrating and celebration of Sango Day Festival in Nigeria. Traditional elements of celebration were twinned with modern day marketing techniques and modalities of International Festival preparation so as to make last year’s Festival a most significant and historic event.
In the Caribbean and African Diaspora EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE as part of the Orisa community in Republic Trinidad & Tobago have been negotiating through it’s events for a National Day of recognition for the Orisa community in Trinidad & Tobago to be called SANGO DAY. This has not been an easy journey, since many who now support the notion and idea of such a holiday were adversarial when EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE and the National Council of Orisa Elders engaged the State to secure this holiday.
EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE took the Festival all over Trinidad in an attempt to better sensitise the National public of the need for and importance of this celebration as part of the National ethos of Trinidad & Tobago.
Persistency has resulted in many who opposed the idea of such a holiday now giving consideration to such a notion and some are even trying to catapult themselves into the forefront of such celebrations and the move to have the State respond to the legitimate and moral request for such recognition for a sacred and holy day for the National Orisa community.
Last year 2013, the Association of African Traditional Religions of Trinidad & Tobago led by recently transited Chief Otun Iyalode Ifakemi Aworeni – Valerie Stephenson Lee Chee awarded Oloye Orawale Oranfe for his continous and persisent efforts at promoting ASE ODUN SANGO and SANGO DAY as a relevant item on the National agenda.
In 2002 before hosting the event at Grand Riviere, Toco Oloye Orawale Oranfe made a further public and publicised call for SANGO DAY as a public holiday.
The following year represented the 10th. Anniversary of the efforts of EGBE ONISIN ELEDUMARE to get the support of the local Orisa community to support these efforts and so convince the State of the necessity of such a holiday.
Immediately following the recent Sango Day celebrations hosted by Association of African Traditional Religions of Trinidad & Tobago Oloye Orawale Oranfe collaborated with recently transpired Chief Otun Iyalode Ifakemi Aworeni to convene meetings to create a National Sango Day Festivals Committee. Meetings were held at Ile Isokan of 8 Niles Trace Febeau Village where Oloye Ogunrinola of Ife – Chief Lester Ogunbowale Osouna is Head of Compound and at Kenny Cyrus Alkebu – lan Ijuba Kenny Cyrus Trace, Enterprise led by Iyalode Awo Agbaye Ifakorede Oyayaemi Aworeni – Chief Joan Cyrus is the leader of the compound.
Recent meetings were held at the International Headquarters for Egbe Onisin Eledumare at which meetings the shrines and organizations present agreed to continue to persue the goal and dream of us all and that of recently transited Otun Iyalode – Chief Ifakemi Aworeni Valerie Stephenson Lee Chee.
Today consultation was made with Orisa and the date and potential location determined.
The Festival is expected to be at the Grand Savannah and the dates 12th. – 18th. July, 2014.
The Administrators of this site solicits the moral, spiritual,psychic and physical support of all devotees to make this year’s festival a grand success.
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