September 13, (THEWILL) – The Olu of Igbo-Ora, Oba Jimoh Olajide Titiloye (Asoroolu Ayinla V), has announced dates for activities lined up to mark the 2021 edition of the Igbo-Ora World Twins Festival, an annual cultural tourism event celebrated to promote the multifunctional cultural heritage of Igbo-Ora in Oyo State.
A statement jointly released by the facilitators of the festival, Ambassadors Taiwo and Kehinde Oguntoye, states that the festival will commence on Sunday, October 3, 2021 with a special church thanksgiving service at the Methodist Church, Igbo-Ora, which will be followed on Monday, October 4 by traditional cleansing of the town.
The statement further discloses that a debate competition among twins in junior secondary schools in Ibarapa land will take place on Tuesday, October 5, while the session for senior secondary schools session comes up on Wednesday, October 6. According to the release, the much anticipated Twins traditional/cultural games Day will hold on Thursday, October 7. This will also feature an exhibition of local games for twins by the community. On Friday, October 8, there will be a Special Jumat Twins Service at the Igbo-Ora Central Mosque, to be followed by royal homage to the paramount ruler of Igbo-Ora. Friday night will witness a special tributes procession in honour of departed twins. It is tagged, ‘Twinless night of honour.’
The statement also states, “The grand finale, which is also the Twins Pilgrimage Day event comes up on Saturday, October 9 at the festival arena, Methodist Grammar School, Igbo-Ora.”
According to the statement, the festival which has the theme, ‘Twinning for global medical breakthrough’ is expected to celebrate the medical team of the National Medical Centre, Abuja that successfully separated the conjoined Martins twins in 2020, among other activities.
Governor Seyi Makinde will be the Chief Host, while the Life Grand Patron of the festival, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi Atanda, is expected to lead other dignitaries spread across the globe to welcome all and sundry to the festival.