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AYEE UGBOROWO FESTIVAL, ODOGBOLU

Cultural heritage of the people can never be over emphasized. Nigeria are well known for their customs and traditional values even with advent Western education, the way of life of the people has never change, rather, it has been well modified.

Aaye is a goddess of Uren River located along Ayepe Odogbolu which is celebrated once in two years on Good Fridays “Aaye Ugborowo” is one of the

Earliest deity of the people of Ubu homestead, Agada, Odogbolu in Odogbolu Local Government area of Ogun State. As a result of many historical movements, it has been had to say the actual origin of “Aaye Ugborowo” but research revealed that Aaye both male and female are visitors from Ile-Ife to Ilisan Remo. They both migrated fom Ilisan through Ikenne to Odogbolu when they were denied water. After due consultation and pleading for water for their children to drink, the female Aaye was annoyed and turned to river for her children to drink because they were in need of water.

On getting to Ubo homestead, Odogbolu, the male resided in the bush, while the female was well received by the people of Odogbolu because of her kindness. Hence, the Aaye became the goddess of “Uren River” located along Odogbolu Aiyepe road, Ubu homestead, Agada Odogbolu.

Since then, Aaye deity attracts a large crowd of both indigenes and non-indigenes who come to worship the goddess and solicit its favor in one form or the other.

The deity is of paramount importance in the social lives of the people of Odogbolu and its environs. “Aaye Ugborowo” festival is celebrated once in three years, always on Good Fridays.

The festival is a period of re-union amongst friends, families and relations who are scattered all over the country and beyond that might have not been seen or heard from each other for long. What is so special about the festival is that cow or sheep given for sacrifice is not usually slaughtered; rather it is often tied and thrown inside the river or buried as directed.

On Good Friday mid-night, the Aaye deity move round the town for “Peace and Unity” but she is forbidden to see her shadow. Both male and female follow her with prayers. The following day, the “Agbos and Okoro” round off the festival.

“Aaye Ugborowo” is as old as the Ijebu people of Odogbolu who according to history have settled in the present place as far back as 15th century.

Aaye is a deity like other deities; it is well accepted, not only among the people of Odogbolu, but among other community among them. This festival has great impact on the lives of the Odogbolu people, no matter where you come from. The people always look forward to the extent because of the excitement and glamour in it.

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