File photo: Eyo Festival
While speaking at a press conference at the Ilupesi Square in Lagos Island on Thursday, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu II, warned Lagosians not to put on shoes and women not to wear head ties on Saturday as the state hosts Eyo Festival.
The influential monarch made the declaration as he informs the residents and visitors about the forthcoming Lagos@50 Eyo Festival scheduled to hold on Saturday, May 20, 2017.
The Oba who was represented by the Olumegbon of Lagos, Chief Fatai Lawal, outlined the dos and don’ts of the festival, and urged everyone not to wear any shoes within the vicinity of the masquerades, adding that female must not wear any form of head ties to the event.
He said the Eyo Festival was being held as part of the Lagos@50 celebrations to honour illustrious sons of Lagos including His Royal Highness, the Late Elegushi of Ikate, Oba Yekinni Elegushi (Kusenla II) and the deceased Co-Chairman, Lagos@50 Committee, Mr. Rasheed Gbadamosi.
Oba Akiolu assured residents and visitors that adequate security had been arranged for a successful festival and informed the public that the procession would take off at the Iga Iduganran to culminate at the Tafawa Balewa Square where the various Eyo groups would be on parade.
The Oba of Lagos said that the Eyo Festival would boost tourism as people are expected from all over the world to witness the festival which holds only on important occasions.
He assured the public that free transportation would be provided to the venue from all the divisions of the State.