The annual Oole Oba festival hold today at Soun’s Palace, Oja igbo , Ogbomoso.
Princes and Princesses from the five Soun royal families, well wishers and culture enthusiasts from Ogbomoso and the rest of the world on Friday, March 19 2021 converged at the palace of the Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade, to celebrate the annual Oole Oba festival. And as it is traditionally done, the festival took place under the historic Ajagbon tree which was, interestingly, the same Ajagbon tree under which Lorun-un-ngbekun, the wife of the first Soun of Ogbomoso, sold the then popular otika – a local alcoholic drink, over 300 years ago.
Oole Oba, formerly referred to as Oole Baale, is one of the festivals celebrated in Ogbomoso, Oyo State. Though no specific date of its origin has been given, the history of the legendary cultural event dates back to over 300 years, as it started during the reign of Ogundiran Ogunlola, the first Soun who reigned between 1659 and 1714. It is a royal event in which the five Soun royal families and well wishers from Ogbomoso and beyond come together to celebrate and showcase their cultural heritage and propagate history.
Usually at the event, the monarch sits and the five royal families, together with their masquerades, march in a procession before him to pay homage and get his blessings. And to maintain tradition, the food served at the palace during the festival is eko (pap) and oole (moin moin, a delicacy made from beans) from which the name of the festival is derived.