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Ovia Osese: One of Kogi State’s Most Cherished Cultural Festivals

One of the most cherished culture of our people is the Ovia Osese Festival of the Ogori people in Ogori/Magongo Local Government Area of Kogi State.  In Magongo, it is called Owuya Osese Festival.
The festival is an initiation to womanhood. It is done for girls from 15 and above to welcome them to adulthood. To qualify for such initiation, the girls

are expected to be virgins.

The Festival is aimed at promoting purity among young girls. It is a thing of pride for the girls and their parents.
Kogi is blessed with rich cultural festivals.
Courtesy: Kogi State Ministry of Information and Communications, Lokoja.

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