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Proudly from Eko! [Lagos]

The word “Eyo” also refers to the costumed dancers, known as the masquerades, that come out during the festival. It is widely believed that the play is one of the manifestations of the customary African revelry that serves as the forerunner of the modern carnival in Brazil. On Eyo Day, the main highway in the heart of the city (from the end of Carter Bridge to Tinubu Square) is closed to traffic, allowing for procession from Idumota to the Iga Idunganran palace. The white-clad Eyo masquerades represent the sprits of the dead, and are referred to in Yoruba as “agogoro Eyo” (literally: “tall Eyo”).

 The first procession in Lagos was on the 20th of February, 1854, to commemorate the life of the Oba Akintoye.
 Here, the participants all pay homage to the reigning Oba of Lagos. The festival takes place whenever occasion and tradition demand, though it is usually held as part of the final burial rites of a highly regarded chief.

Among the Yorubas, the indigenous religions have largely given way to Christianity and Islam. Be that as it may, the old festivals are still widely observed. It is during these occasions that their traditional monarchs and nobles exercise the most of their residual power. ” This is a really sad state of things and reality BUT gradually the people are waking up back to their customs and breaking off the slavery of Christianity and Islam” - [addendum by me]

The Eyo festival is a colourful festival that expresses and exhibits the culture and traditions of the city of Lagos. It is widely anticipated and attended by Lagos indigenes and also by visitors both from across Nigeria and internationally. Its splendid and expansive theatrical displays and pageantry highlight and showcase the aboriginal history of the denizens of Lagos, and through a picturesque array of regalia and costumes, forms parades on the island of Lagos. This is largely regarded as a day of joyous splendour and gaiety. The festival has evolved over three centuries, and is usually held to celebrate the life and times of, or in commemoration of the passage of or ascension to the throne of an Oba (King) of Lagos. Equally, the Eyo festival is staged in the memory of a deceased worthy and illustrious individual, such as a White Cap Chief, who has contributed immensely to the progress and development of Lagos.

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