Governor of Ogun State, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun has described the 33rd Lisabi Festival as a unique and special one in the historical and socio-cultural development of Egbaland at the grand finale of the 2019 Lisabi Festival yesterday, March 31.
As Egba indigenes at home and in the Diaspora converge to wrap up the 2019 Lisabi Festival at the cultural center, Kuto Abeokuta, yesterday, the Ogun state governor, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun clarified the leadership example exhibited by Lisabi.
The incumbent governor of Ogun State, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun who arrived alongside with Alake of Egba Land, Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III to the grand finale, welcome Egba indigenes who had graced the occassion and also in his welcome speech, emphasized on the good leadership portrayed by Lisabi which had led to his remembrance and the cause of the Lisabi Festival annually.
“Lisabi day celebration in Egbaland presents a clear examples of how people who have worked for the development and good of their community should be honoured and celebrated.” He said.
Governor Amosun thanked the Egba people for remembering and honouring their hero. He also assured that the thirty fourth edition will be bigger and better.
The Lisabi Festival is one of the most celebrated festivals in Ogun State. It is a remembrance of Lisabi, a warrior, who fought and rescued them from oppression in the 18th Century.
The Lisabi festival commemorates the celebration of the Egba hero called Lisabi. Lisabi is known as a great warrior who fought assiduously for the peaceful settlement of the Egba people during the intertribal wars around the 1930.
History has revealed that Lisabi, the great Egba hero, did not die but intentionally vanished into the earth in a forest between Maroko and Abatan villages in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area; the place is now known as Lisabi forest.
The forest is bounded in the west of the Ogun River and in the south of Tegbelu stream. Lisabi festival is an annual event held in the month of March amidst pomp and pageantry. The festival attracts visitors and tourists from far and near.