By Gabriel Olawale
The Kayokayo festival, yesterday, opened in Epe, Lagos State. The yearly traditional festival is in commemoration of the arrival of King Kosoko to Eko-Epe in 1851 and the new Islamic calendar year.
The week-long activity, which began with Juma’at prayers, would showcase the best of Epe foods, cultural displays and merriment.
Olu-Epe of Epe Kingdom, Oba Shefiu Olatunji Adewale, who briefed newsmen in his palace, said the festival is dear to the traditional Epe community, which is predominantly Muslim.
Oba Adewale said: Kayokayo, which literally means, ‘eating to satisfaction,’ is a New Year celebration, with expanded scope to feature fashion parade, health awareness and screening, cultural displays, youth parade and other displays.
He said: “King Kosoko in 1851 laid the foundation of Eko-Epe with his coming with 1500 people. We have always commemorated that. And we will be at the marine side, in boats, to mimic how Kosoko came to Epe. It is the display of culture at its best.”
Chairman, Kayokayo 2017 Organising Committee, Alade Saliu-Okulu, said Saturday would be the grand-finale, with dignitaries, like Governor Akinwunmi Ambode; Commissioner for Physical Planning in Lagos Sate, Biola Anifowoshe among other will be in attendance.