Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, became the destination for many tourists on the 18th of August 2017 as they came to the town to observe the annual re-awakening of culture and tradition through the Osun-Osogbo festival. The state’s economy, especially of Osogbo, the state capital, received a boost after it witnessed a rare blend of culture, tourism and commerce.
Osogbo, the capital city of Osun state is one of the ancient towns in Nigeria that enjoys little traffic although it is blessed with constant supply of power. The state which is largely calm usually comes alive in August every year. This annual event boosts businesses and attracts people from far and wide to worship the Osun River goddess. The celebration is a two-week event that ends with a ceremony of the Arugba, a virgin girl carrying the communal calabash to the Osun shrine in the grove. It is a common belief that every request made on this day would be granted by the river goddess.
The number of tourists from other countries during this time is extremely high based on various factors: some out of curiosity, some due to interest and belief in the goddess while others just wish for a miracle.