About my village, Osu, Atakumosa LGA, Osun state

About my village, Osu, Atakumosa LGA, Osun state


Over 65 percent of Nigeria's population is estimated to have grown up in or formerly lived in a village. There is no doubt about it; there is no life like a rural life.

So secure and innocent, ably ruled by the King and his cabinets, whereby the King delegated the spiritual protection to the osun goddess and ifa priest, who in turn make sacrifices during the osun river festival. So much we get excited because of the processions, the food and most importantly, we all really want to know the new virgin maid for the goddess. 

In terms of my village, I was continuously presented with the decision of where to reside as a child. For many of us, this was one of the most concerning topics.

Many of my friends desired to reside in the larger towns of Lagos or Ibadan, which appear to be closer to my state, formerly known as "Old Oyo" and now known as "Osun State," the "Land of Virtue."

They were always under the impression that larger cities offered more opportunities.

However, as I grew older, I realized that, in addition to geographic location, an individual's ability to capitalize on an opportunity was as important.

Geographically, you would agree with me that my community does not appear on the Nigerian map; it is so little that the government only acknowledges us during election season.

I've spent a significant amount of time in Osu, Atakumosa LG, Osun state, and I've collected a variety of items and information about my hamlet "Osu," also known as Osu alakara, which translates to "Osu the bean cake seller."

Yes, aside from farming and hunting, that has been a major source of wealth since the dawn of society. When it came to frying and selling akara to road users, especially long-distance commuters, my "village folks" experienced this thrill on a daily basis. We kids and teenagers were always on the lookout for vehicles that didn't want to pay for them when they were purchased. Guess what happened next: we then used this as medium of track event as we pursued our debtors that later birth each district's culture track event. That was the start of my village's sports system.

This track event has grown into a yearly event that draws participants from nearby villages and cities. It is constantly remembered.

One of the benefits of living in Osu is the cultural mood that pervades the city. Osu is infused with Osun's indigenous culture. Culture and people are inextricably linked. A nation's and people's culture are inextricably linked. Anyone who wishes to experience authentic Osun culture would surely consider themselves fortunate to be in Osu. The leaders and stakeholders of Osu village provide this opportunity for people to learn the native and indigenous language of the people with ease, as well as to communicate and interact with illiterates. Following that, there is always a linguistic competition, both orally and in writing. A scholarship is awarded to the individual who emerges as the winner.

Furthermore, Osu's grade of healthcare is commendable. I've heard and observed how responsive Osu's healthcare providers are numerous times. This is unquestionably a significant advantage.

In terms of Osu's drawbacks, the city's road network has long been regarded as one of the city's weaknesses, but in recent years, the governor has humbly attended us as promised during the campaign. Travelers, commuters, and road tourists may not have had the best of luck navigating Osu's roadways. Though, from time to time, the government can set up an organization to check and alleviate road difficulties.

To say the least, genuine life exists solely in my village, based on what I've seen in my town of Osu. Everything about my community is simple. Food and water are both fresh, in addition to the fresh air and vegetation. The cuisine is not synthetic, as it is in some other places. I ate fresh meals and fruits throughout my stay in the hamlet before gaining admission to a higher educational institution. All of the ingredients for my meals were sourced from the farm by my grandmother. Because she grinds the pepper on her grinding stone, her soup is more delectable and tastier than my mother's, which she makes with a blender. Fruits such as pawpaw, orange, and pineapple are left to ripen before being harvested.

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