“Agan ni Egun.”

Agan arose and departed from Ile-Ife. He stopped and tried to settle at various towns but he was not welcome. He passed through otherRemo towns until, on getting to Sagamu, he was made to feel welcome.

Agan grew old in Sagamu – in the district called Soyindo. This is where he died.

Agan had children who, during hislifetime, would go out to say prayers for those seeking the favour of pregnancy and successful birth from Olorun. These children of Agan also prayed for those seeking gainful work and the prayers were answered.

Whoever was ill would be prayed for and they would find healing.

This was the work Agan (Egun) did – the work that made Soyindo embrace him and offer him a permanent home in the district. His good works caused young and old to accept and venerate him. There was no difficulty brought before Agan that was not eased. This is his story.

On the day before the Egun Festival, the nobility and those who had been previously blessed by Egun prepare pounded yam with egusi and cat-fish.

The nobility of the Egun fraternity fry akara, moin-moin, and ekuru. These, along with mature he-goats, hens, kola-nuts and alcohol are taken to Ojubo Ejila (the place where offerings are made to Ejila). All these things are done the day before the festival starts. For some, these sacrifices are in gratitude for blessings recieved and for others, theofferings are a supplication. On the night after the sacrifice is made, Ejila manifiests, seats at the entrance of its Ojubo and prays for all who have come before it – be they supplicants or those expressing gratitude for past favours. At midnight, all the other Agan (i.e. other Ejila) will come out and they will say prayers for Sagamu while walking the length and breadth of the town.

On the morning of the festival’s first day, Olori (the head) Egun will walk through the entirity of Soyindo district. He will repeat this on the following two days and after the third day, he enters his house and will not be seen again until the start of next year’s festival.

After he enters, junior Egun come out and they play around the town. This will go on for three months. During this time, various members of the nobility engage the Egun to entertain and pray for gathering that they (the nobility) will call.

The festival ends when the Egun called Ayun Aro comes out and dances. No other Egun comes out after he dances.

Ayun Aro concludes all gatherings including those called over the period of the 3 month festival by individual nobles and notable persons.

The final day of the festival is marked by all Egun coming out to dance and then Ayun Aro. In other words, as Ejila’s emergence marks the opening of the festival, Ayun Aro’s coming out marks its sealing. This first Ejila (the one who opens the festivities) is also known as Gbogi – to differentiate it from other Ejila.


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