THe trailer for a feature documentary exploring Agemo Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria
The trailer for a feature documentary exploring Agemo Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun State Nigeria
During the Oro festival common to Ijebus where it is used to cleanse the communities of bad omen. It usually comes up before the Agemo festival as a strategy of preparing ground for the Alagemos to ensure that the communities have been rid of evil spirit as well as epidemics. It is believed that communities are safe after Oro festival (Igbalu) and so “Eiye a ke bi eiye and Eran a ke bi eran.” Women are not allowed to witness Oro worship which is usually a seven day programme. In Ijebu-Ode, the Oro comes out in the night when women must not only stay in-doors, but must equally not attempt to peep at all, while in some Ijebu villages women are kept in-doors throughout the day.
AGEMO is the unity of Ijebus. There are 16 Agemos in various part of Ijebu. They come out every July and they all meet at Ijebu-Ode before moving to Imodi Mosan, where the Agemo Festival takes place.The Agemo of Ijebu-Isiwo is the LEADER of all AGEMO in IJEBU LAND.Agemo is a fetish mat-dancer.Ijebu-Isiwo is sometime shorting as ISIWO Women are forbidden to see the Agemo on their way to Ijebu-Ode. A public announcement is made on radio and television to inform everyone the exact time Agemo will be moving. ‘OJUDE OBA’festival. This is usually done 2 days after the ‘ILEYA’ fastiva. It is regarded as one of the biggest festivals in West Africa. It’s main purpose is for the people of ijebu to come together as one to honor their king.