Eruwa people of Oyo State, Nigeria

Eruwa people of Oyo State, Nigeria

 


There is a certain village at the Eastern part of Oyo state, a state in the South-western part of Nigeria, the village is no other than "Eruwa" meaning "There are pieces of yam here". The ro leading to the village is a wide and long way, it is almost of good standards. Due to the bushy nature of the way,  it is almost impossible to locate a house along this road as the huts are unevenly scattered and are mostly inhabited by Strangers.

 Getting to the village, one will notice a big sign board on which it was written 'Welcome to Eruwa', historic statues and a tall, long and beautiful building which was said to have belonged to the Late "Eleruwa of Eruwa" before being renovated by the newly enthroned king, one will also notice a long river serving as source of water to  the whole village and also the village town hall few kilometres away

    The villagers of Eruwa are mostly farmers as only few of them are fishers and traders and as a result of their healthy food intake they are not only strong but also good looking, imagine the case of an old man around his 70's headed for his farm holding his cutlass all alone which is almost an impossible thing in the city as people of his age  are either retired or into  jobs that require little physical or mental stress.

Certain festivals are being celebrated which has attracted many tourist into coming to  village like the Egungun and Yeye festival. The egungun festival (masquerade festival) is a festival hosted by the OJE family, they wear a magical clothing called the 'Eku' of different sizes dancing around the village, showing their magical powers and  praying for the success of the people, the 'Yeye' festival is a scary one as the 'Iya osun' consults the oracle concerning the young maiden to be sacrificed to the river goddess and this usually causes fear whenever the date for this event is forthcoming but all these practices have been stopped by the intervention of the Christian missionaries some decades ago even though the people don't quickly give in their interest to the voice of the missionaries as they were introducing an invisible but omnipresent God not until they conquered the actions of the idol worshippers by stopping the killing of young maiden in the village. 

   The people of this village enjoy playing certain games during their leisure. The game mostly played is the 'Ayo Olopon' game, a game of wooden board  containing 12 hollows each containing 12 small seeds.A player starts by picking the whole 12 seeds from a hole at his side and moves rightwards towards his opponent's and he applies his skill by making sure his opponent have three seeds or less in the hole at his side when this eventually happens he packs all the seed at his opponent side and that is like a point for him, it is a game played by just  two players

   Another strange thing about the villagers is their sense of security and alertness even at night such that any unfamiliar person or thing entering into the village will surely be noticed by about one or more persons and  such person is to quickly raise an alarm  by making a vague sound which is only understood by the other villagers and in before the  twinkle of an eye the whole villagers will be at the scene already and these practices had led to the security of lives and property at the village

Saddening, as great as this little village is, there are still some certain things that are nothing to write home about like pipe-borne water as most of their rivers are unclean for consumption; insufficient schools as school children still have to travel long distances for them to have access to education while this can be solved by cases either the Government, NGOs or Private individuals by providing pipe-borne water and good standard school.

   In conclusion, from the way the entrance of the village is designed, theThere is a certain village at the Eastern part of Oyo state, a state in the South-western part of Nigeria, the village is no other than "Eruwa" meaning "There are pieces of yam here". The road leading to the village is a wide and long way, it is almost of good standards. Due to the bushy nature of the way,  it is almost impossible to locate a house along this road as the huts are u evenly scattered and are mostly inhabited by Strangers.

  On getting into the village one will notice a Big Sign Board on which it was written 'Welcome to Eruwa', historic statues and a tall, long and beautiful building, the building is said to have belonged to the Late "Eleruwa of Eruwa" before being renovated by the newly enthroned king, a long river serving as source of water to  the whole village as a whole and also the village town hall.

    The villagers of Eruwa are mostly farmers as only few of them are fishers and traders and as a result of their healthy food intake they are not only strong but also good looking, imagine the case of an old man around his 70's headed for his farm holding his cutlass all alone which is almost an impossible thing in almost an impossible thing in the city as people of his age  are either retired or into  jobs that require little physical or mental stress.

  Several festivals have the villagers enjoyed which has attracted many tourist into coming to  village like the Egungun and Yeye festival. The egungun festival (masquerade festival) is a festival hosted by the OJE family, they wear a magical clothing called the 'Eku'  of different sizes dancing around the village, showing their magical powers and  praying for the success of the people, the 'Yeye' festival is a scary one as the 'Iya osun' consults the oracle concerning the young maiden to be sacrificed to the river goddess and this usually causes fear whenever the date for this event is forthcoming but all these practices have been stopped by the intervention of the Christian missionaries some decades ago even though the people don't quickly give in their interest to the voice of the missionaries as they were introducing an invisible but omnipresent God not until they conquered the actions of the idol worshippers by stopping the killing of young maiden in the village. 

   The people of this village enjoy playing certain games during their leisure, the game mostly played is the 'Ayo Olopon' game, a game of wooden board  containing 12 hollows each containing 12 small seeds, a player starts by picking the whole 12 seeds from a hole at his side and moves rightwards towards his opponent's and he applies his skill by making sure his opponent have three seeds or less in the hole at his side when this eventually happens he packs all the seed at his opponent side and that is like a point for him, it is a game played by just  two players

   Another strange thing about the villagers is their sense of security and alertness even at night such that any strange person or thing entering into the village will surely be known about one or more persons and such person  is to quickly raise an alarm  by making a strange sound which is quickly understood by the other villagers and before one will know it the whole villagers are at the scene already and these practices has led to the security of lives and property at the village

Saddening, as great as this little village is there are still some things there are not in place like a pipe-borne water as most of their rivers are unclean for consumption, insufficient schools as school children still have to travel long distances for them to have access to education while this can be solved by cases either the Government, NGOs or Private individuals by providing pipe-borne water and good standard school.

   In conclusion, the historic statues,   way of life of the people are great things experienced in the village and surely the village of Eruwa is a place recommendable of tourism activities.

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