OHUEJE OHINOYI FESTIVAL: An Emerging Destination for Tourist Attraction
Ohueje Ohunoyi, an annual cultural festival that showcases the rich cultural heritage of Ebira Tao people, located in Kogi central.
The choice of this festival is used to connect with the early history of Anebira (Ebira people) that founded on mythical and industriousness with a mix various cultural exhibits. A pip into history reveals that most of the age-long cultural events of the founding fathers is based on entertainment, security and industrious motivation.
Besides the cultural festivals, there is a common physical feature which by it’s nature, is a tourist sites. There is conspicuous presence of block of dissected hills and the metaphoric rocks enveloping the greater part of the city. The hills rise to a peak of 2000 ft with Rich mineral deposits. Ebira is prominent in the country’s prehistory civilisation of the stone and iron age.
These have potentials to bring wealth via tourism and industrial investments. As a very industrious and innovative conscious people, Anebira had involved in various trade and craft, ranging from weaving, pot making, bamboo Fabrications, black Smith, farming, hunting and so on. These had remained non-harnessed for decades and most the these trades and products are erroding into extinction.
Over the years, these noble architects of Ebira cultural festival have suffered negative trend trend and references. The long migration history had not earned any usefulness to the modern generation while the accidental, but well-endowed place of settlement had not been put into proper use to earn Ebira people desired wealth and fame.
After a painstakin work on most the festivals, the need to integrate Ebira traditional festival in their bits and pieces, come up with a composite festival that fit into the modern trend.
Ebira is the home of traditional weaving in the country. Which have produced various designs and colour for the Kings and queens across the world, as history have it.
Haven secured the blessings and endorsement of the traditional rulers of Ebira people, ranging from His Royal Majesty, Alh. Dr. Ado Ibrahim, the Ohinoyi if Ebiraland, the Ohis, down to Otarus. The government of Kogi state, lead by His Excellency, Alh. Yahaya Adoza Bello, the Executive Governor of Kogi state has support the festival to be celebrated annually in Kogi central and had in debuted edition empowered 77 women and youths in various trades through the office of the First Lady of Kogi state, lead by his wife, Hajia Rashidat Bello.
In this 6th edition which comes March 3rd – 5th, 2022, we have decided to showcase weaving competition, tagged 100 loom match, also known “Oguntoro Echehi” alongside tourist sites visit. This concept will bring together a 100 of weavers, mounting their looms in a critical competition where prices will be won by the first 3 best weavers. The idea here is to enhance the weaving culture of our people as the industry is capable of creating thousands of jobs for the people, especially our women who dominted the trade. On yearly basis, we will be introducing one trade along side the cultural festival to enhance the richness and boost the economy of our people, state and country at large.