The annual Ojude Oba Festival is not just about members of the Regberegbe groups filing out to pay homage to the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona alone.
Other activities also take place there.
A key part of the festival is the segment that usually takes place in the afternoon when the various families of warlords and warriors who defended the Ijebu nation cum kingdom, against external aggression and (internal) insurrection put their horse riding prowess on display.
Each year they are expected to file into the main arena for the
equestrian display in an organised manner with the Osi Balogun of Ijebuland and the Otun Balogun and the current Balogun families taking the rear.
Globacom, the main sponsor of the festival awarded prices to the winner, first runner up and 2nd runner up in this category.
This year’s event was very colourful as members of the Balogun & Eleshin families rode into the Pavillion majestically one after the other to pay homage to the Awujale. They include the Eleshin Oyewole family, the Eleshin Anibi family, the Eleshin Erinjogunola family, Eleshin Osobe family, Eleshin Yaya Olufowobi family and Eleshin Iboriaran (Moyegeso) family.
There are others like the Eleshin Josi family, Eleshin Keregbetu family, Eleshin Gamugasa family, Eleshin Odidi family, Eleshin Omo Ajibike family, Eleshin Aregbesola family, and Eleshin Oreagba family.
Others are from the Balogun families.
They are the Balogun Otubu family, Balogun Kuku family, Balogun Odejayi family, Balogun Sarumi family, Balogun Alatishe family, Balogun Odunuga family, Otun Balogun Shote family and Balogun Alausa family.
Chief Alade Shote, the Otun Balogun of Ijebuland was there and Chief Agboola Alausa the Balogun of Ijebu was on horseback leading his family.
Olorun Sunny Kuku led the Kuku family to pay homage to the Awujale. The Kuku family came 1st.