14 Feb February Culture Corner
Written By Moses Ayotunde
I was born and raised in Ogbomoso, Oyo State, Nigeria of West Africa. Ogbomoso is known for her display of bravery. The city is dominated by Yoruba people, known to cherish the value of their culture. It is ruled by a king who is referred to as ‘The Soun of Ogbomoso’. In the past, cities and towns around Ogbomoso fought wars, which eventually led to slavery. Ogbomoso, however, has never been defeated nor enslaved. Therefore, this city is often referred to as a home of ‘rest and peace’.
In the past, Ogbomoso’s main form of entertainment was Egungun, which is a masquerade. During Egungun, an annual event, they entertain people by engaging in fights and stunts.
Yoruba people worship several Gods such as Ogun, Sango, and Esu. Nowadays, Christianity and Islam are also practiced among Yoruba people. If you are looking for the best tasting mangoes, cashews or yams, go to Ogbomoso! All these foods are organic and have a unique taste.
Ogbomoso is a place where true Yoruba culture is displayed, embraced, and maintained. Their dress displays their traditions and culture, and their tribal marks speak volumes of their identities.
I was born in Ogbomoso and am the second child of my parents. My mother played a significant role in my development and taught me how to be a strong person. I love soccer games and traveling and have lived in several different countries. I lived in the States of Israel for 7 years. I then moved to the United Kingdom until I moved to Atlanta, Georgia here in the United States.
I started at New Hope of Indiana on May 5th of 2014. I can say without hesitation that it is a great place to work. I love New Hope for its diverse culture. Here, everyone is welcome. Our leadership listens to opinions, and every DSP is treated fairly and given leadership development opportunities if they are interested. I have just completed New Hope’s Emerging Leaders program. This was an exciting and interesting program, and I am glad I participated. The leadership is encouraging staff to grow, and I believe there is nothing that you can’t attain! It is a great place to work.
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