As for Yoruba deities in relation to Batakoto, the principal deities in some part of Yoruba land that use the traditional drums are Oya and Osun. During the celebration of their festivals, people throng the street as if there is a mass movement or a political campaign. The influx of other deities have been faded away e.g. Ose festivals of the Owo and the Akoko's. The most important thing is that Ose River still exists till date. The name Batakoto drum has grown into a familiar one since the late 20th century. This is as a result of the unforgettable history of the Yoruba deities whose performance and attribute have championed the cause of educating Yoruba descendants on the importance of these deities and their most usual symbol.
In conclusion, this writer agrees with Ogunba and other Yoruba scholars that give the impression that the Oyo, the Northern metropolis is and the area around Oyo provides the finest example of what Yoruba have to offer. But where I disagree in totality is the fact that Yoruba civilisation that started from cradle is Ife, Owo, Ekiti and most part of Kwara developed and used the great drum called Batakoto. Although it is a known fact that the development of the drum is interwoven in terms of name and usage, it will be pertinent to note that this part of the Yoruba's may have been developed their art from the cradle which is Ife. Batakoto drum is a great symbol of the Yorubas so let it be.
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