By Biyi Akinnodi
The people of Ode Erinje in Okitipupa Local Government area of Ondo State came out in their numbers to celebrate the Aluma festival.
Aluma festival, being the most popular festival in Erinje community was celebrated amidst fun fare and pageantry.
The festival is a founder’s day anniversary of the Erinje community. It was believed that the people of Erinje actually migrated from Aluma village which is still at the westernmost part of the area.
To commemorate the event, a week was spent at Aluma with the community’s chief priest for prayers.
In his address to the people, the Regent of Ode Erinje, Prince Emmanuel Ipinsanmi Adegoke thanked the entire people of the community for their love and solidarity towards the development of the community. He prayed for the peace and prosperity of the community.
Ipinsanmi, however, pledged not to relent in his efforts in bringing the plight of the people to the government and other stakeholders.
He charged the people to continue to support the peace in the community, saying peace brings progress and development called on all well meaning sons and daughters of the community to come home and invest in the development of the area.
The festival was well attended by people from far and near which included the Olu of Okunmo Kingdom, Oba Christopher Ajibefun; Hon (High Chief) Ayelomi, The Luwoye of Ayeka Kingdom; Chief Wole Akeremale, APC Chairman Okitipupa Local Government; High Chief (Mrs) Victoria Fafoluyi , The Iyalaje of Erinje Kingdom among others.