By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
Just has planned, the grand and maiden Durbar of Ilorin Emirates memories would linger for a long time in the mind of sons and daughters of the Alimi.
Durbar is a cultural events used in showcasing the rich tradition and heritage of Emirates, the main tools used in the cultural festival are horses and regalia.
These horses varies in sizes and volume of decoration, only royalty blood are permitted to ride the horses either with garrison or not.
The cultural festival which had in the past celebrated in a low key could not come up in the year 2016, 2017 as a result of state of nation security.
But 2018 Durbar despite the early morning rain came to been and it started with performance from various musicians both indigenous and Islamic genres.
The sons and daughters of the Emirates whom the rain could not held back converge at the Emir’s palace square in their hundreds with various traditional attire and wooden caved sign post that talks about their dynasties.
Various magicians too were not left out as they exhibit what they know how to do best which fetched them some money.
At around 12:00 pm the Emir of Ilorin, Dr Sulu Gambari, his chiefs and royal sons mounted the decorated horses and went out to greet other Emirates descendants and residents of the state who had waited at designated junction of the Ilorin metropolis.
The routes of the Emir and his entourage were Baboko, Surulere, General hospital, Taiwo- Oke, Taiwo-Isale and Emir’s road.
The possession which lasted for about four hours, while the Emir and his subjects were on the possession, eminent personalities like Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki representative of Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Baba Wahab,members of Kwara state House of Assembly,cabinet members of Kwara state government, Local government Area chairpersons and other dignitaries savour the various performance from the artists.
At 4:15 pm the Emir and his entourage arrived at the palace square to kick off the programme proper.
In his address the Emir urged sons and daughters of the Emirates as well as residents to continue living together in harmony the state is known for.
He enjoined them to keep on supporting one another and always identify with the state at all times.
Earlier the Chairman, Grand Dubar planning Committee, Engineer Suleiman Alapansanpa said Durbar began as a parade to determine the status of Emir’s Calvary preparedness in the olden days for defensive and offensive purposes.
He added that the history has it that Durbar was first introduced in Northern Nigeria by a one-time Hausa Emir of Kano Sarki Muhammed Rumfa some 500 years ago to determine the fitness status of his army.
The Chairman of the committee further said the succeeding Fulani Emirs adopted the practice which continued till this present day in most part of North as ceremonial display and other important ceremony.
Alapansanpa noted that the royal fathers decided that the age long tradition of Durbar celebration should be revived and should be celebrated yearly to showcase the Emirates culture for the benefit of new age children who do not have knowledge of the celebration.
He added that the Durbar would take place every year during the Eid-el-Kabir festival and called for more support from sons and daughters of the Emirates.
The Chairman commended all contributors who made the event a colourful one and prayed almighty Allah would reward them accordingly.
After the good will messages from friends of the Emirates comes horse ride and pictures taken to keep the memories alive.