Several months after residents of Ikorodu, Lagos Mainland, celebrated the end of the cult-related killings that terrorized the community, hundreds of indigenes of the town turned out en masse to mark the rebirth of Asa traditional festival.
The annual event which had long been ignored and not celebrated according to the residents, and community leaders, is meant to promote tourism and culture of the people of the area.
The elaborate event which was celebrated at the ferry jetty in Ebute, Ikorodu community had many traditional rulers and community leaders in Ikorodu and its environs in attendance with lots of music and fun for attendees.
According to the organizers of the event, Asa, also known as Angere in other parts of Yorubaland, is a traditional festival of man walking on long stilts to entertain the public.
The revival of the annual event also the launch of “Asa Arokolo”, a book on the festival published by the Ikorodu Division Rebirth Foundation.
Speaking on the event, Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, disclosed that the event be an annual celebration in all the six divisions of the area. “We have revived this culture in the six divisions of Ikorodu and we hope it continues. Just like the Eyo festival is celebrated on the Lagos Island, we want to be celebrating this too in our community annually,” he said.
In her remarks, the Lagos State acting Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Adebimpe Akinshola, who represented Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, lauded the initiative saying the Asa festival was a popular cultural heritage in Ikorodu which had been long forgotten.
“As an indigene of Ikorodu, I have known Asa during my childhood days but, suddenly, it faded away,” Akinshola said.
Meanwhile, the Ayangburen, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, commended the Lagos lawmaker for spearheading the revival of the festival. “We appreciate this and we are happy this is happening in our town. Henceforth, we will continue to celebrate this festival,” Oba Shotobi said.
See more photos from the event below.