Oba Eshinlokun Day 2023: Excitement As Oba Kosoko Dynasty Continues To Showcase Family, Lagos History

Kunle Adelabu

The annual Oba Eshinlokun Day continued to garner strength and emerging as one of the major event/carnival on Lagos Island, going by its features on yearly basis. The annual gathering has become a vast gathering to celebrate and sustain the legacy of the late Lagos monarch.

At the Marina Car Park, Lagos Island, the venue of the carnival, on Tuesday, December 26, were hundreds of family members, guests, residents and tourists.

Oba Eshinlokun reigned as Oba of Lagos, from 1821 to 1829. His father was Oba Ologun Kutere and his siblings were Obas Adele and Akitoye, making the Ologun Kutere Obaship line the dominant one in Lagos.

Two of his Eshinlokun’s children – Idewu Ojulari and Kosoko, later ascended the Lagos Obaship throne at different times.

Prince Abiola Kosoko and a family chieftain being entertained by drummers.

As it has been for the past three years, since Prince Abiola Olojo – Kosoko emerged as the Oloja – elect, a position that was first occupied by the late King Kosoko, the Kosoko section at the celebration turned to Mecca of sort as family members, guests and tourists, both local and foreign, trooped out enmasse to visit the late Oba Kosoko Museum which was moved to the celebration.

At the section were relics, documents and other important materials of the late Oba Kosoko and Lagos.

As it was at the King Kosoko section of the large gathering, so it was at other sections where guests were treated to different features of Lagos culture which depicts beauty of Lagos.

The Oloja of Lagos elect, Prince Abiola Kosoko, speaking with THE IMPACT, explained that the annual festival is not just to wine and dine, but also an avenue to further propagate and sustain the family and Lagos cultural heritage and their importance.

He added that the family will continue to sustain the history with the Eshinlokun and other initiatives across the various branches of the royal family.

Oloja of Lagos elect with family members and guests posing with some of the items from the Oba Kosoko Memorial Museum displayed at the Eshinlokun Day.
Prince and Olori Kosoko, Prince Alli Balogun and other family members
Visitors going through items from King Kosoko Memorial Museum on display
Lagos residents viewing relics and other items of late Oba Kosoko
Oba Kosoko stool
Visitors at the display of items from the King Kosoko Memorial Museum.
Prince Abiola Kosoko and family members at the celebration
Prince Abiola Kosoko and family members
Fanty group at the celebration

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