“It Is An Abomination To Worship Masquerade And Oro Idols In Our Land”, Chief Moshood Bamgbose(Ogbofa 1), Onitotowu of Totowu, Aworil Land
Paramount ruler of Totowu, a town under Igbesa, Awori land, Chief Moshood Bamgbose, Onitotowu of Totowu has described idol worshiping, especially Oro and Masquerade as an abomination in their land.
The Baale, while appearing on the Awori Kitigbe section of the Igba Owuro show on Hebron 95.9FM stated this as he said that it was decreed by their fore-fathers that anyone who has ever bore a Masquerade clothe or worshiped an Oro must not come near the ‘Otuku’ idol nor even stay anywhere near the town. He added that anyone culpable of this act will die.
Speaking on the emanation of Totowu, Chief Bamgbose said that their progenitor, Ogbofa traveled from Ile-Ife to Ota, he later settled in Igbesa. He then consulted an Oracle who told him that he had not reached where he was supposed to settle. While he was on hunting spree one day, he tried shooting his arrow and the javelin got loosen from the bow and stuck in his nose. He did all he could to remove the javelin but failed in so many attempts. He then moved to a place where he saw a big three named ‘Ofo’, at that point, he was able to remove the javelin that got stocked in his nose. He then decided to sleep overnight. Unknown to him, he laid his head where a snake was lying. The Cobra breathe in him, hence, reason why in their panegyric, they make reference to Cobra. He later on killed the Cobra. He then moved from there and finally settled Tototwu. He put his javelin on the ground to indicate that a particular hunter has finally settled there.
The Chief said that their progenitor made a decree that no Masquerade nor Oro must enter the place. This is why it is forbidden till date for someone who has ever bore a masquerade clothe or worships Oro to enter the town or come close to the Otuku idol.
While fielding question as per when the community came into existence, the Chief said the community is dated to over 400 years ago and that he is the first educated monarch in the town. He added that there were only 20 houses in the town when he became a Chief in the 90’s but there are over 2000 houses in the community as of today.
He said that the town is bordered by Imose, Odan-Abuja and Igbo-Odo and there is only one public school with no public health facility. He also added that the town rely on a secondary school in Ejila Awori where all the neighboring towns sends their children for secondary school education.
Chief Bamgbose stressed that there exist a great cordial between himself and other Awori monarchs both in Ogun and Lagos as he is the Chairman of Baales of Agbara and Ejila area council.
He remembered the late Olota of Ota, HRH Oba Moshood Alani Oyede as a mover of peace and tranquility among all Awori monarchs. Finally, he canvassed for the installation of a monarch who will surpass the record of the late Olota of Ota