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2019 Osun Osogbo Festival Grand Procession Holds August 16 – Ataoja

The Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji, has disclosed that the Osun Osogbo Festival 2019 grand procession to the scared Osun Grove will hold on August 16, 2019.

Oba Oyetunji, the custodian of the festival, said that the annual festival’s grand finale programs will hold between August 11 and 16, 2019, adding that the pre-festival events commence from June 16 to Friday, August 9, 2019.

The Ataoja at the weekend in Osogbo announced that Esquire Global, a tourism, art and culture consulting firm, has been engaged to market and organise the festival in order to give it a befitting arrangement and structured organisation without having any effect on the traditional rites.

Oba Oyetunji said that the healing power of the Osun Osogbo deity remains intact, calling on the people across the country and all over the world to join him in celebrating the Osun festival; the story and origin started over 700 years ago.

The Royal Father said that the festival, an international celebration of traditional and cultural events, begins with Iwopopo, the traditional cleansing of the town of evil on August 5 and after three days, the Ina Olujumerindinlogun, a 600-year-old, 16-point lamp is lighted on Thursday, August 8, 2019.

The Osun Festival custodian stated that the grand finale presentation of the celebration of the festival in 2019 will berth with Iboriade, Ataoja’s Crown Assemblage and FUMAN’s performance day on Monday August 2019, 2019, stressing that there will be a State tour of Historical and Cultural-Tourism sites the Arugba berth ceremony and dancing, singing as well as drumming event on Tuesday, August 13.

He noted that Ayo Olopon Contest (native Ayo Game), Football Competition Final, Arts & Crafts Fair and Children’s Fiesta at the Palace Pavilion hold on Wednesday, August 14, adding that there will be Ataoja’s Chieftaincy Coronation and FTAN’s Osun Festival Tourism Forum on Thursday, August 15.

Oba Oyetunji pointed out that the Osun Osogbo Festival Grand Procession-Osun Grove, Ataoja’s Royal Invitational Reception, an All White Party and Award Presentation will come up August 16, 2019, which will also be the date for the closing ceremony.

The Ataoja said that this year’s festival will be another opportunity for the people to benefit from the healing power of Osun River Goddess, assuring that he would continue to uphold the sanctity and sacredness of the Osun deity and the Grove.

Man Stabs Nurse for Resisting Rape

The Kano State Police Command on Monday said it nabbed a 20 – year- old man , Bashir Yahaya , of Kabuga quarters , for stabbing a nurse, Aisha Kabir , in the neck .

The 20 – year- old nurse had allegedly resisted his attempt to rape her .
The incident happened in a clinic at Tal ’ udu quarters , in the Gwale Local Government Area of the state , where the nurse worked.

The spokesman for the Kano State Police Command , DSP Abdullahi Haruna , confirmed the incident .

He said , “ On May 12 , 2019 , around 7 pm , the police received a report that a lady was stabbed in a clinic at Tal ’ udu quarters , in the Gwale Local Government Area of Kano State .

“ The police promptly rushed to the scene and conveyed the victim , Aisha Kabir , who had cuts on her neck, to the Murtala Muhammed Specialist Hospital , Kano.

“ The suspect , Bashir Yahaya , was arrested at the scene of the crime and the exhibit of a knife with bloodstain was recovered from him .

“ Upon interrogation , the suspect confessed to have attempted to rape Aisha , adding that she resisted.

“ Investigation is in progress and when completed , the suspect would be charged to court . ’’

8 Ways To Slay For Owambe

We are Nigerians and Owambe is one thing we love a lot. Whether the country economic state is in shambles or not, Nigerians will always have reasons to party. Everyone wants to look stunning and exceptional at any events and generally go overboard spending on unnecessary things.

Being a wedding guest can be rough on one’s bank account especially with the increasing cost of aso-ebi fabric. From the cost of makeup, shoes and accessories, attending weddings these days will probably put a huge dent in your wallet. Here are some tips on how to slay when going for an owambe :

* Wear what you have . Not everyone is brave enough to try this but it works. After spending so much on aso-ebi lace, you shouldn’t put them at the bottom of your wardrobe. See those expensive fabrics as an investment for future events. If you already have an existing dress matching the colour palette of an upcoming owambe, why not dust off the fabric, slay and save you coins, more importantly, if you cannot afford it.

* Keep your style simple and trendy . Don’t be too extravagant, dress simple and moderately and you definitely look hot. We all love to look in an all shades of penging way and on fleek at an owambe but then follow the “KISH” Keep it simple and hot.
It is possible to slay in a simple, yet stylish outfit. From jumpsuits to off-shoulder dresses, there are a variety of classy, yet affordable designs to choose from.

Feel comfortable . Whenever you are going for an owambe always ensure you are comfortable in whatever you are wearing. Study show that your outfit can affect your emotional state. Therefore, if you want to have a good time at a party, wear something that makes you feel comfortable and attractive. Avoid wearing anything that makes you feel awkward. Otherwise, you may come across as awkward at the party.

*Smell nice . Each time you are going for an owambe endeavour to smell pleasant that even when someone pass by you the person would be like,” Uncle you smell nice”.

*Look charming. While the men look dapper and maintain their sweet boy status, women are now expected to slay, styling up themselves to a whole new level.

*Put up a smile . No matter the situations or mood you might be when going for an owambe smile and never stop. It is one of the best make-ups you can wear when you want to slay for a party.

*Wear perfect footwear that matches your dress . For the ladies you could put on heels. For the men, you could wear a shoe or sandals to match the dress.

*Consider the occasion . Whenever you’re going for an owambe consider the type of attire you would for the occasion and do a perfect combination.

Inside Calabar Market Where Trade and Barter Still Exist

The Esuk Mba community market in Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River State is still practising trade by barter as a means of exchange for food items since it was established in 1956, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The market, which is located in a remote village in Esuk Mba in Akpabuyo, is a weekly market that starts from 7 a.m and ends at noon every Saturday.

This practice, NAN learnt, had been in peaceful existence among members of the community on every market day since 1956.

The Community’s Youth Leader, Asuquo Effiong, who conducted NAN Correspondent round the market, said the market which serves as a tourists site for most visitors, was in dire need of a facelift.

He told NAN that the practice was still in existence because the market was handed over to them by their forefathers.

According to him, the market is also significant because it was also a point of activities during the period of the slave trade in Nigeria.

“We grew up to meet this market. We hold it so much in high esteem and we want to sustain it. We use it to remember our forefathers and to sustain our culture.

As you can see, they are varieties of food items in this section for exchange. In this market, you can bring your palm oil and exchange it for garri, yam, fish or plantain as the case may be.

“The market is close to the river side and our people here are predominantly fishermen. The community is not comfortable with the size of this market; there have been no expansion of the market since inception.

“In addition, we don’t have any good school here, no portable drinking water and health post. We need government intervention in this community,’’ he said.

A market woman, Eno Etim, who brought in yams for exchange for palm oil, told NAN that the tradition had been with them for ages.

According to Mrs Etim, she had no palm oil in her house, hence she brought four tubers of yam to exchange for four litres of palm oil.

Also, Grace Okon told NAN that she brought in periwinkle, popularly called `mfi’ in Calabar language for exchange for garri, adding that it had helped them over the years to save cost in view of the scarce financial resources.

NAN observed that most of the roofs in the thatched houses inside the market had already fallen off, while the wood, which usually gives the houses a standing position were lying on the ground.

A young man in the village, Cyril Asuquo, who conducted NAN correspondent through the slave trade route behind the market, to the creeks where the slaves were transported through the sea to other countries, said the route was called a `Point of no Return’.

Mr Asuquo, who also showed NAN the thatched house that used to serve as a resting point for the slaves after a long distance trek, urged the state government to make the spot a tourist site.


How to deal with financially demanding in-laws

An adage notes that a bad spouse is easier to manage than a bad in – law . To this end, it can be frustrating battling with financial demands from acquaintances let alone in – laws.

A grandmother , Mrs Esther Adetola, while examining the problems associated with financial demands by in – laws , said she contended with such situation during the early years of her marriage.

She stated that the development made her to always advise her children and those close to her to find ways to settle financial issues with people whether in – laws or not.

Adetola said , “ My husband is someone who is attached to his family . When we got married, I had lots of issues with him especially when he chose his family over me . My husband , despite being the last child , is like the breadwinner of his family.

“ His father was late and his mother never demanded anything but his cousins wouldn ’ t let him rest. He gave his older siblings money too . When their children grew up , they also came with numerous financial demands . It became so bad that my husband would spend his salary on them and take loans to cater to his own household . ”

She added that excessive financial demands by family could disturb one from making any tangible progress in life , adding that they started making headway when they cut down on the demands.
She stated , “ I was deliberate about getting them out of my family because I knew they were parasites. We wouldn ’ t grow if we continued to have them around. I talked to my husband about our plans and achievements and also prayed that God should provide for them so that they could leave us alone . Soon , my husband began to change towards them and the demands stopped. He changed his mobile and we also moved to a new place. ”

Adetola further said they were able to build a house and send their four kids to private universities after cutting off from excessive family demands.

A civil servant, Mr Dayo Emmanuel, said that he never experienced in – laws with excessive financial requests maybe because of his wife’ s position as the last child.

He , however , said he believed that most people, especially in – laws , were now being reasonable with demands because of the country’ s economic situation.

Emmanuel said , “ If in – laws see one as their major source of income, then it would be problematic. For my family , this is what works for us . We send money to in – laws (my family and my wife’ s ) at our convenience and we give whatever we have . We don ’ t try to impress anybody . I think that is one of the issues people usually have with their in – laws . They try to impress them and those ones get used to it. ”

On her part, a clothier and a mother of three , Mrs Caroline Frank , held a similar opinion with Emmanuel.

According to her , one should be in charge of how one gives to one ’ s in -laws , else one will run into trouble. She noted that if one was not firm enough , one would only run into debt .

She said , “When it comes to the matter of in – laws , one can never be too careful . Don ’ t try to impress them or overdo things , else one will be shooting oneself in the leg . Give when you want to give. Give what you decide to give. Let them know what you are worth. When you state and spell out things carefully to them, you will be on the same page with them and won’ t have problems . ”

Also , a mother of three , Mrs Funmi George , said it could be difficult curbing excesses of in – laws so that one wouldn ’ t be seen as being disrespectful or stingy .

“ Don ’ t start what you cannot finish . You can help financially and know when to curb excesses . Some of them never stop asking and will not know what you go through , ” George stated .

An engineer and a mother of one , Mrs Aduragbemi Onabote , advised that one should not leave out one ’ s partner in handling in – laws’ issues , urging couples to join hands in curbing noticeable excesses regarding financial demands.
She said , “ The couple should have budget to cater to the financial requests of in – laws. Generally , on issues related to in – laws, it is always helpful if the couples are united . Always let your spouse know either you are dealing with your family or your partner ’ s .

“ The way the family handles finances will also play a big role in the way financial demands of in – laws are handled . For example , if a couple is open to one another about the way they handle their finances , they will be able to determine what goes to the in – laws even if they aren ’ t operating a joint account .

“ For instance , in a case where it is the wife ’ s family that is financially demanding , and she has been using her money to meet their demands, her husband should be in the know and it shouldn ’ t affect the family finances . ”

Onabote said when giving money to in – laws , it shouldn ’ t be to the detriment of one ’ s finances , adding that it was vital to examine the cause of the demands .

She added, “For example , if you need to give an in – law N 5 , 000 monthly , why not look for something tangible and give to him or her to start a business . In summary , don ’ t meet any obligation that will affect you or your family . You should agree with your spouse on how much you want to give irrespective of who is giving the money . ”

A relationship expert, Shamsideen Giwa, said different categories and factors come into play in such a matter . He said specific factors would determine how one handled the situation.

He said , “Top on that list are parents and there’ s a lot of sentiments surrounding how we treat parents especially when we factor in religious and cultural positions . It is assumed that parents have invested in one , hence they deserve a good return on the investment . But really there is a limit defined by different things including availability of funds and perceived importance of demand .

“ If one has a wife and children, then one ’ s responsibility is also to them; so , a balance must be created . Even if one is single , one has a life and needs deserving consideration . Some needs are important like shelter and food . ”

He stated that with siblings, some sentiments could apply which might be missing dealing with distant relatives .

Giwa said , “Whatever one does , it is important not to get lost and to have a priority list of what/ who comes first and create a limit . Finally , be comfortable with the idea that you will never be able to satisfy everyone and not everyone will listen and understand your actions and conditions. Don ’ t try to do that . Stick with what is in your mind and do what is right and fair to everyone , including yourself .

Source: punchng.com

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