Anybody Who Eats New Yam Before Alake Commits Cultural Disrespect To Alake And The Egba Tradition


The thorough bred Egba indigenes at home and abroad must not taste the new yam until Egba Grand Monarch, the Alake of Egbaland has first done so.

According to the Baagbimo of Egbaland, Chief Israel Akanni Akinwale, the Alake is obligated to perform certain rites, which comprises, thanking God for a good harvest, praying for more prosperous harvest in the New Yoruba Calendar Year, and praying for general peace and prosperity for all Egba indigenes all over the world.

Chief Akanni Akinwale explained that it was after the special prayers that the he would bless and eat the new yam, which automatically opens the way for all Egba to begin eating and doing business concerning new yam.

Chief Akanni Akinwale, Baagbimo of Egbaland

Speaking to Newsflagship reporters during the Isese Day 2021 Celebration at Ake Palace, the Baagbimo of Egbaland, Chief Akanni Akinwale, said that the Festival was part of the Yoruba Heritage and should never be neglected.

He explained that the Yam Festival was an annual celebration which always comes up on August 20, to thank God for providing new yam and other farm harvests.

Chief Akinwale explained that before anyone eats the yam on that day, which also marks the beginning of a new year in the Yoruba Calendar, the Alake of Egbaland must be first to eat yam.

The Egba High Chief further said the new yam day is called, “Ela Odun’ and that all Egba Townships must not eat yam until the Alake does so first.

Concerning the appeal to the Government on Public Holiday for traditional worshippers, Baagbimo said it was for the purpose of development.

He further stated that if the government could grant Christians, Muslim and others Public Holidays, the Isese Tradition Worshippers should also be considered because they were worshipping God in the way the Almighty had shown them to do.

He added that there should be equal rights for all religions.

Chief Akanni Akinwale also said that there was no difference or any form of discrimination in tradition among all religions groups.

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“In Egba today, whether you are a Muslim or a Christian, Isese wasther original practice.” He said.

He further stated that other religions came later and our forefathers practiced traditional form of worship and they lived peacefully.

The Egba High Chiefs present at the event included the Balogun Sikirullah Atobatele, Baagbimo Akanni Akinwale, Aare Baaroyin Layi Labode, as well as Egba Princes and Princesses to mention a few.

The Alake Regency Committee members present at the Odun Iyan Festival 2021 included Chief Samuel Tanimowo – Oluwo Ake, Committee Chairman, Chief Ayinla Ogunwale – Baase Ijeun, Chief Ifatokunbo Olowoogemo – Baale Kemta, Chief Akanni Okedairo – Apena Iporo – Chief Akanni Ogunboyejo – Oluwo Itoko, Chief Solomon Atanda Odesola- Oluwo Igbein and Bantun of Egbaland, and Odofin Itoku – Chief Kehinde Sofenwa, Committee Secretary.

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