A yearly traditional festival observed in commemoration of the arrival of King Kosoko and his warlords to Eko-Epe in 1851 named ‘Kayokayo’, as well as an event that ushers in the new Islamic Calendar Year has commenced in the Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State.
Speaking at a press conference to announce the kick-off of the festival on Saturday, the Olu-Epe of Epe Kingdom, Oba Shefiu Adewale, who spoke at his palace in Epe, said the festival was significant as it brings people of the community together irrespective of their economic status.
The monarch said, “People have this notion that Epe has no culture, but I am happy that Kayokayo festival has been long celebrated by the people of Epe.
“Although many who started this celebration with us are no longer here, we thank Almighty Allah for preserving our lives to see this year’s festival. It’s our desire to keep celebrating and soon, Kayokayo will become an international celebration.”
Oba Adewale, who expressed delight that the festival had evolved with new ideas, activities and innovations being introduced yearly, congratulated the entire community on the occasion.
He also called for more support and peaceful co-existence among the members of the community, urging them to embrace peace and unity while working hard for the progress and development of Epe land.
Also speaking, the Coordinator of the 2023 Kayokayo Festival Committee, Otunba T.J. Abass, commended the Kosoko family for always supporting the celebration with “generous donations.”
He added, “This year, they have also donated a sum of N520,000 and trophies to be presented to the three winners of the Quranic quiz competition.”
The one-week celebration, which commenced on Saturday, July 29, will end on August 5.