The Ilajes, under the umbrella body of Egbe Omo Ilaje, Lagos State chapter, will be holding the maiden edition of Ilaje day celebration in Lagos on the 5th of November, to showcase the culture of about 4.5million Ilaje indigenes living mostly in the riverine parts of Lagos.
The Egbe Omo Ilaje is the apex socio-cultural organization of the Ilaje nation and was founded in the year 1930 at Ebute-Meta in response to some of the hard-line postures of the colonial rulers and repressive activities of other ethnic tribes in the Lagos colony.
Revealing the plans for the celebration in Ori-Oke Alala Church auditorium, Makoko, Lagos. The chairman of the group’s Lagos council, Comr. Bode Thomas Ojabogun said there will be an awareness procession in all the Ilaje communities across the state on November 5, while on the 7th of November, there will be a galaxy of displays by the Ilaje artists at the Ori-Oke Alala church auditorium and on the 9th, it will be a Boat Regatta display at Majidun riverbank in Ikorodu, while the grand finale will hold at MS Gymnasium Hall, National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on the 10th.
On his part, president of Egbe Omo Ilaje, Raphael Irawonu Iwamitigha, said, “what makes us unique is our terrain where we initially settled when our forefather left Ile-Ife to settle at present Ilaje local government in Ondo State. Also, our forefathers were among the first four settlers in Lagos and because of our occupation (fishing), we settle predominantly along the coasts and we are deeply rooted in Cherubim and Seraphim. Biblically, Jesus started his ministry by the seaside and that seaside can only be found in Ilaje land.”