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Ilorin Emirate holds fifth Durbar Festival

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The Ilorin Emirate on Thursday, June 29 held its fifth Durbar ceremony.

As claimed by Chairman of the Ilorin Emirate Durbar Committee, Suleiman Yahaya Alapansanpa, over 500 horsemen were led by the Emir of Ilorin and Chairman, Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, to mark this year’s festival.

The Durbar Festival was reintroduced in 2018, but was relaxed in 2021 due to the prevalence of the Covid-19 epidemic.

The festival is a common practice in most states in northern Nigeria.

In his usual practice, the emir of Ilorin led a procession of sons and daughters of the emirate round the Ilorin metropolis in what seems to be a royal inspection.

The colorful event was characterised by elegant display of the rich way of life of the people who flaunted distinct cultural attires, denoting the different ethnic groups that formed the Alimi’s Emirate.

Representatives of different families were seen brandishing banners bearing their ancestral names behind the emir as he retired to his forecourt through Emir’s road.

Today’s activities marked the grand finale of six-day-long Durbar celebration.

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