The Oke’badan Cultural Festival is an important festival cherished by the people of Ibadan, Oyo State; it is celebrated annually to serve as a reminder of the historical antecedent of Ibadan people; and it is a festival that brings together sons and daughters Ibadanland to advance ideas for its rapid development.
The festival’s name, Oke’badan, translates to “Hill of Ibadan” legends about the original site of Ibadan, which was located on a hill. Settlers from the east and north congregated on the hill during the 18th century; and it was gathered that from their resolution in that gathering, Ibadan was formed; but the hill has been deserted since then.
However, the legacy bequeathed to the people on that historic day remains till date. Oke’badan is believed to facilitate fertility for the barren, who participate in the festival; and it is also an occasion to honour the founders of Ibadan as well as the goddess of the hill.
The Oke’badan festival is organized annually by the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), which is an umbrella body for all the socio-cultural societies/clubs of Ibadan extraction, both at home and in the Diaspora.