The Eyo festival also known as the Adamu Orisha is a Yoruba festival unique to Lagos, Nigeria. The festival is usually held to celebrate the coronation of a new king. And also the demise of an important personality within the state.
And on the 20th of May, 2017, Lagosians troop out despite the weather condition to welcome Adamu Orisha which was part of the Lagos State at 50 celebrations and likewise used to celebrate the life of late Oba of Elegushi, Oba Yekini Adeniyi Elegushi Kusenla II (1940-2009).
The governor, Mr Ambode was reported to have said that the festival has benefited the state economy. That it created a lot of business opportunities for artisans including drivers, musicians, food vendors and fashion designers. Who had to sew about 10,000 uniforms for the masquerades.
In his own words, “Just as we reactivate the festival, that’s almost like N3 billion in the economy, not from us but the masquerades. There’s almost like 10,000 of them.
They are likely to go and sew new regalia, the drivers, the security men, the caps that they wear, some people do it. So, that’s one economy out there. At the end of the day, money would have circulated”.
Also commenting on infrastructural developments currently going on in the state, the governor noted that the government is only fulfilling the promise of spending its way out of recession.
“That is the strategy to help the economy. It doesn’t mean anything. You spend yourself out of recession. You put more money into capital expenditure so that those who don’t have the means, we are able to spread the money around them.
“When you go round, you see that we are doing a lot of construction. It’s not because there’s money. It’s because we are looking at that bricklayer in Badagry. So, if you put a project in Badagry, that bricklayer will stay there and earn N5,000 a day. So, the family of five will feed. And you do the same in Ipeju Lekki and so the economy is growing”
“That’s why you see that we’ve been able to become the catalyst to take Nigeria out of recession because we are very positive about the kind of things we are doing”.
And aside the economical advantages noted with the celebration. The festival was also a theatrical display and pageantry that highlights and showcases the rich indigenous history of the people and Lagos city.