Eid-El-Kabir: Osun Monarch Launches First Durbar In South- West
For the first time in the history of South-West Nigeria, a traditional sallah durbar (horse parade) has been held.
The durbar was held in the ancient city of Iwo in Osun State on Tuesday, August 22nd during the celebration of this year's Eid-el-Kabir festival.
A durbar is a colorful parade of horses and riders rooted in Northern Nigeria’s custom dating back to the precolonial days.
The monarch of the town, Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi led his chiefs, princes, religious leaders and stakeholders within and outside Iwo in the durbar.
The peaceful and colourful durbar took place soon after the Eid prayers, which was conducted at Iwo Muslim Prayer ground, some few kilometres away from the Oba’s palace.
Many residents of the town, who were surprised on seeing the horses on parade cheered in high spirit.
Speaking during the durbar, Oluwo assured that the Iwo edition will be upgraded to be envy of northern practice as many modern styles will be incorporated to attract external attention.
" I've launched the durbar for the Yorubas here in Iwo. It is well planned and subsequent edition will be a surprise, even to the north where it is rampant. Innovation is a shift in paradigm of status quo and not neglect of our rich tradition "
Oluwo, who was seen praying for his subjects to and from the Eid praying ground, conducted his entourage round the town for a familiarization greeting to the populace while he supplicated fervently for a better standard of his subjects and the town.
Oluwo appealed to Iwo residents to uphold his new initiative, noting it worthy of tourist attraction.
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Over 200,000 people including children ,youth, women and men participated in the event