Lagos will be agog on Saturday, 20th of May, 2017, with the celebration of the Eyo Festival, otherwise known as the Adimu Orisha Play. The Eyo Festival is being staged this year to commemorate Lagos at 50 as well as prominent sons and daughters of the state. Meanwhile, if you are attending the festival, OGUNFOWOKE ADENIYI reminds you of the seven things you must not do while watching and if you wish to have exciting times at the festival.
No wearing of shoes/sandals
You have to walk around barefooted throughout the festival. If you can’t it is advisable you stay away.
No ‘Shuku’ hairstyle by women
Suku is a popular Yoruba hairstyle in Nigeria. It is a form of braiding in which the hair runs from the forehead to the nape of the neck or forms a rump on top of the head. If you are wearing this type of hairstyle, it is either you loose it or just stay home.
No taking ‘selfie’ with Eyo masquerader
For the selfie lovers/addict, you are not permitted to take pictures/selfies with the Eyo Orisha.
No Riding of bicycle/motorcycle
If your mode of transportation is via bicycle or motorcycle (Okada), you should not ride it to the festival. You may probably lose it. You can drive or take public transport.
No headgear for men/women
Your headgear is not allowed at the festival. In other words, your hair should not be covered. The only exception is for Muslim men. They are allowed to wear their white prayer cap.
No snapping Eyo masquerader
You are not permitted to take the pictures of the Eyo Orisha.