Saturday, 29 August 2020

The Promo of Queen Mother Osun in Pictures

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The Osun River

These are some of the pictures taken while shooting the Promo of Queen Mother Osun. You will find the collection of the photographs very educative and interesting. So, come along with me as you enjoy the Queen Mother Osun in pics. Thank you!!!



Copyrights: © Olalekan Oduntan 2020

Thursday, 27 August 2020

The Making of the Promo: Queen Mother Osun

The Producer of the Promo, Queen Mother Osun, Mr Obafemi Lasode got the best people in the performing arts business both in Lagos and Oshogbo together to take part in the Promo of the upcoming movie. The characters on set are Obafemi Lasode as the Producer of the film. Obafemi Lasode is a Nigerian movie maker who has been around for almost thirty years in the movie making profession. He produced the popular movie Sango (the Legendary Afrikan King) some years ago and the movie did very well internationally. 


Obafemi Lasode has written and produced a lot of films and documentaries for television internationally and they are The Amazons of Afrika, Back To Afrika, The Mask of Mulumba, Treasure Map etc. He has also produced a lot of prominent musicians who are relevant in Nigeria in the music circle today. The musicians like 2Face Idibia, Daddy Showkey, Sunny Neji, Alariwo of Africa, Olalekan Oduntan etc.

Yemi Adeyemi is a veteran actor who is popularly known as Suara in the Wale Adenuga's super story series on Nigerian television stations. He is an accomplished actor on stage, screen and films. He plays the role of Ikudayisi in the Queen Mother Osun Promo.


Sholabomi Duro Ladipo Akinsola is an accomplished Oshogbo actress. She is the daughter of Late Duro Ladipo who was one the pioneers of Nigerian Travelling Theater Groups in those days. Sholabomi and her mother Mrs Abiodun Duro Ladipo have been carrying on with the good work left behind by the legendary Duro Ladipo. Sholabomi plays the role of the Queen Mother Osun.


Funmi Tijani plays the role of Ododo in the movie. She is an accomplished actress who has taken part in a lot of productions on stage, television and films. Funmi Tijani is also a singer and a very good dancer. She took part in the documentary of the Amazons of Afrika playing the lead role. She also took part in Sango, The Treasure Map and a host of other films and television productions. Funmi Tijani's role is Ododo who is a wife to Ikudayisi in the Movie Promo.


Olalekan Oduntan plays three roles in the Movie Promo. He is the song director, the priest and the chanter. Olalekan Oduntan is a musician, blogger and an author. He has taken part in a lot productions on stage, screen and movie. He is an accomplished actor who has been in the theatrical circle spanning over thirty years.


Nosa Abel is the costumier for the production. She is also in charge of props and welfare for the production. Nosa Abel is also a veteran actress who has taken part in a lot of productions on stage, screen and film. The name "Nosa" was given to her in one of the Super Story Television Productions and it has since been stuck onto her personality. She plays one of the villagers in the Queen Mother Osun Promo.

Adeola Oyebade is a juju musician. She is known in the music circle as Beezeethegreat. She has been on stage for more than twenty years doing what she knows how to do best. She is an advocate of Juju music. She is one of the villagers in the film Promo.


Olamyde Juwon Coleman is passionate with our culture and tradition. He plays the role of Amotekun in the Promo. Olamyde Juwon Coleman works with the ministry of Osun state culture department. He works directly with the commissioner for culture in Osun state. He is the Public Relation Officer for the project in Oshogbo, Osun State of Nigeria. Olamyde is our eye in Osun State.

Others included in the project are Yemi Peters who is the photographer and cameraman for the documentation of the Promo. Sangorinu plays the role of the guard with Olamyde while two other guys are also members of the cast for the Promo. They are Oyewole Adebowale (Aka One Day Bro) who is the director of photography while the other fellow who acts alongside Seyi Akinsola is Olalekan Ayamo. The two guys are members of Adulawo TV station.





All in all, the shooting of the Queen Mother Osun's Promo is fun filled and friendship is also made through meeting new people in the industry. Shooting of Osun Promo in Oshogbo will go down well in history as we look forward to the shooting of the movie Osun proper very soon. Congratulations to Mr Obafemi Ladode!!! The Producer and director of the production.

We need $150,000. 00 US Dollars to shoot this project into a film successfully. So, we need financial support from sponsors all over the world to come to our aid to do it. All Enquiries should be forwarded to these two numbers: Olalekan Oduntan, E mail: olalekanoduntan@gmail.com, Phone number: +2348173190077 or Obafemi Lasode, E mail: obafemilasode@yahoo.com, Phone number: +2348023211017.


Copyrights: © Olalekan Oduntan 2020





Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Osun: The Deity from Oshogbo

Mrs Osundeyi Ogunjimi an Osun devotee.

I recently visited Oshogbo in Osun state, Southwest of Nigeria to take part in the promo of a movie entitled The Queen Mother Osun. While shooting this project, it afforded us to visit so many interesting places in Oshogbo including the Groove. The Groove is an entrance to get to the shrine of Osun. It is a beautiful sight to behold. 



While in the Groove, you will see to many artworks of different deities made by the Late Susan Wenger. These artefacts are deities like Orunmila, Obatala, Oya, Esu, Obaluaye, Ogun, Orisa Oko etc. And they are the reminiscent of 201 different Yoruba deities. In the Groove, there is a lot of tall trees and monkeys too with the warnings that nobody should kill the animals and nobody should set the fire on the bush or fell the trees. Other warnings include: Do not build a house within the Groove's premises, do not use the premises as a farmland and do not litter the Groove's surrounding. And the aforementioned rules and regulations are well written on the above sign boards.

Before getting to the shrine of Osun, the monkeys will come out of their hiding in the bush and they are expecting a gift from you. What is the gift? Banana is offered to them by so many visitors who come on a visitation. The Groove's ambiance is very unique and the serenity is so peaceful.

When you get to entrance of the Osun's shrine, the female devotees of Osun who are the ones taking care of the surroundings will welcome you with a greeting like this, Ore Yeye O!, And you will respond as thus: Ore Yeye Osun!! You will remove your shoes as visitors are not allowed to enter the premises with their shoes on.

People troupe in there with all sorts of problems particularly women expecting the fruits of the womb. People put their different religious beliefs aside to visit this shrine known all over the world. It is amazing seeing visitors across the world coming there to seek solution to their different problems. According to a female Osun devotee I spoke with Mrs Osundeyi Ogunjimi who said this just concluded Osun festival was very peaceful without any hitches despite the fact that the festival was not broadcast on Radio and Television due to the Pandemic Covid-19 going on all over the world. Yet people grouped in from all over the world to celebrate the festival.

The Osun River. © Olalekan Oduntan

The indication of this scenario is that amidst all odds, The Queen Mother Osun still advertised the festival by herself! Mrs Osundeyi Ogunjimi said that we should not forget where we are coming from because whoever forgets where he or she comes from will have himself or herself to blame. She said before the two known religions were brought to us, our traditional religious beliefs were the ones guiding the world without problems. But ever since we all accepted the religious beliefs from the West in our lives, things have been falling apart.

We are all advised not to forget our ancestral heritage because if we do not know where we are going, we should at least know where we are coming from. In conclusion, Osun festival in Oshogbo is a tourist center being visited by so many visitors all over the world. And the onus is on all of us to protect our ancestral heritage. Osun a gbe wa o!

Osun Seegeese, Oloya a yu,

Awede werisa,

Iya Alaro, Iya Olodo,

Onibu ore, Ore Yeye Osun,

Seleru agbo l'Osun fi n womo,

Ogbara agbo l'Osun fi n womo,

Osun dakun gbemi bori ota mi o,

Omi o, Ota o,

Edan o, Agba o,

Ore Yeye Osun!!!


Copyrights: © Olalekan Oduntan 2020


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