Ase Odun Olokun, the Orisha Festival of the Ocean and Planetary Waters, will take place in Tobago on Saturday, October 8 and Sunday, October 9. Saturday’s activities will include a lecture panel, heritage site visits, and music and dancing. Sunday is the Ritual Day and this will take place at the historic Nylon Pool. All are invited. Packages are available which include: boat tickets to Tobago; accommodation at the Royal Princess Apartments and other venues; ground transport; and more.
Since 2014, the Ocean Festival has returned to Tobago every four years. Tobago is the seat of the late Statesman, Prime Minister, and President Arthur NR Robinson TC, OCC, SC who was Chief Olokun Igbaro, the first African not born on the continent to hold the Olokun chieftaincy title. The first Tobago Olokun Festival in 2014 was held there in tribute to him. Apart from being the deity of oceans and planetary waters, Olokun is also the guardian of the African diaspora.
In its 26th year, Ase Odun Olokun is one of the fastest growing and most significant festivals in the Orisha community. It is where man’s indispensable link and connectivity to water and the force of the ocean is celebrated.
The Orisha community continues to believe that communion with the ocean is necessary for our survival, especially as an island people.
Participants are given a greater awareness of the responsibility of human beings in maintaining planetary health, equilibrium, and purity. Such reflection is important as T&T’s marine environment continues to face threats such as seismic bomb tests, chemical and oil spills, over-fishing, and tonnes of plastic and other litter from the public finding its ways into the ocean, killing plant and animal life there.
FILE: Esugbayi Olukayode, chairman of Egbe Onisin Eledumare meets Chief Olokun Igbaro, former president Arthur NR Robinson.
Tonnes of topsoil from our mountains are also washed into the sea every year because of our habits of indiscriminate cutting of hillside trees, and bush fires.
Ase Odun Olokun is hosted by Egbe Onisin Eledumare—an African spiritual organisation functional in Ile-Iere, Trinidad Tobago, since 1971.
The organisation has consistently been one of the most progressive voices for Orisha and African traditions in T&T. Egbe Onisin Eledumare is the first organisation in the Republic Trinidad & Tobago to host and celebrate Ase Odun Olokun.
Over the years, the Egbe has pioneered in the campaigning for the passage of the Orisha Marriage Act; and in holding two major Orisha and African Traditions Conferences in T&T. The organisation also broke ground when it fielded the first Orisha Carnival band and placed the first Orisha Queen of Carnival contestant on the Savannah stage.
The organisation continues to battle for the appreciation of the deep significance of this celebration as it relates to spiritual liberation, economic opportunities and rejuvenation of African identity.
To reserve attendance at this year’s Ase Odun Olokun please call or WhatsApp 797-0949 or 681-4117 for details or check out the Ase Odun Olokun Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ASE-ODUN-Olokun-877295442385665.
Ase Odun Olokun- the Orisha Festival of the Ocean and Planetary Waters