Kayokayo Festival: A Time-Honored Tradition Uniting Epe Community

Kayokayo Festival: A Celebration of Culture and Unity in Epe, Lagos State


The annual Kayokayo festival, which marks the arrival of King Kosoko and his warriors to Eko-Epe in 1851 and welcomes the new Islamic Calendar Year, has commenced in Epe Local Government Area of Lagos State.

Oba Shefiu Adewale, the Olu-Epe of Epe Kingdom, expressed the festival’s significance as a unifying event that brings together people from all walks of life, transcending economic differences.

Preserving Cultural Heritage: Oba Adewale highlighted the misconception that Epe lacks culture, emphasizing that the Kayokayo festival has been celebrated for generations in the community.

He expressed gratitude for the preservation of this tradition and envisioned its future growth, aspiring to make Kayokayo an internationally recognized celebration.


Evolving Traditions: The festival has evolved over the years, incorporating new ideas, activities, and innovations to enhance the experience for both the local community and participants from distant places.

The festival committee, led by Coordinator Otunba T.J Abass, expressed the festival’s importance in showcasing Epe’s rich cultural heritage and urged people to come together, pray for peace and unity, and enjoy the festivities.

Support and Contributions: Oba Shefiu called for support and peaceful coexistence within the community while striving for the progress and development of Epe Land.

The organizing committee appreciated the sponsors, both local and international, for their generous contributions in making the festival a success.

They also acknowledged the unwavering support of the Kosoko family, who have consistently backed the celebration over the years.


Week-Long Celebrations: The festival, which commenced on July 29th, 2023, will run until August 5th, 2023.

It encompasses a range of activities, including Islamic lectures, Quranic recitation competitions, special prayers, medical missions, job fairs, a symbolic ‘Etufu’ lighting, novelty matches, scholarship grants, and various entertainment events for children and adults alike.

Conclusion: The Kayokayo festival stands as a symbol of cultural heritage and unity in Epe, Lagos State.

It brings people together to celebrate, pray, and foster a sense of togetherness.

As the event unfolds, it is an opportunity for locals and visitors to appreciate and enjoy the rich traditions of Epe, while embracing the spirit of community and harmony.


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