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Glimpses of 84th Eyo Festival in Lagos

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Glimpses of 84th Eyo Festival in Lagos
Masqueraders Performing at the Traditional Eyo Festival as part of the activities to Mark Lagos at 50 in Lagos on Saturday (20/5/17. 02676/20/5/2017/Sopu Olasunde/JAU/NAN

By Iyiola Pedro & Franklin Ohaegbu

The Adamu Orisa Plays popularly known as Eyo festival is customarily staged for the smooth passage of a late monarch, chief and by extension an important Lagosian.

The word “Eyo” also refers to the costumed dancers, known as the masquerades emerge during the festival clad in immaculate white regalia, a hat, and wields a staff made from palm frond.

The first procession in Lagos was on the 20th of February, 1854, to commemorate the life of the Oba Akintoye.