Discover Ojúbọ Òṣogbo - the Main Ọ̀ṣun Shrine

The main shrine in the Sacred Groves of Òṣogbo dedicated to the goddess Ọ̀ṣun

Walls, Gate and Stairs leading to Ojúbọ ÒṣogboAdunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

Guarding the entrance to the Ọ̀ṣun shrine

A giant tree and the imposing stone sculpture of Èṣù, the divine messenger, by Buraimoh Gbadamosi.

Walls, Gate and Stairs leading to Ojúbọ ÒṣogboAdunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

Devotees descend to the shrine through three open gates

The decorative wall is one of the earliest examples of New Sacred Art in the groves.

Walls, Gate and Stairs leading to Ojúbọ ÒṣogboAdunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

The three gates

As seen from the inside.

Ojúbọ ÒṣogboAdunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

Ojúbọ Òṣogbo - the main Ọ̀ṣun shrine

The Ọ̀ṣun shrine is dedicated to the goddess Ọ̀ṣun. It is the central place of worship in the groves and is sometimes called “The First Palace”, which is a reference to the myth of the creation of the town of Òṣogbo.

Ojúbọ Òṣogbo as seen from aboveAdunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

Ojúbọ Òṣogbo

The shrine is rectangular in shape, with many sculpted pillars supporting the roof, representing the recreative aspect of Ọ̀ṣun: birth, decline, decay and rebirth. 

Ojúbọ ÒṣogboAdunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

The Ọ̀ṣun shrine

This was the first shrine within the groves that the Ọ̀ṣun priests and priestesses asked Susanne Wenger to rebuild in 1960, as it had been infested by white ants and had nearly totally collapsed.

Ojúbọ ÒṣogboAdunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

Entrance to the inner sanctum

The entry features wooden posts and stone sculptures carved by New Sacred Art Movement artist Buraimoh Gbadamosi and cement sculptures of deities and devotees created by Saka Aremu.

Ojúbọ ÒṣogboAdunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

Extensive shrine paintings

The outer and inner walls are highly decorated with wall paintings, originally created by the only two female New Sacred Art Movement artists, Foyeke Ajoke and Songo Tundun.

Ojúbọ Òṣogbo (2019) by CyArkAdunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

Ojúbọ Òṣogbo

Video by CyArk

Ojúbọ ÒṣogboAdunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

The inner sanctum

Devotees come to the shrine throughout the year to consult with Ọ̀ṣun priests and priestesses and to make offerings to the goddess.

Ojúbọ ÒṣogboAdunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation

Major repairs

Extensive repair works were urgently needed in 2019.

The shrine had deteriorated again over the decades and extensive restoration was carried out in 2019, led by Sangodare Ajala, leader of the New Sacred Art Movement and the restoration team. Adebisi Nurudeen was the lead restoration artist assisted by Adeyemi Oseni and Raimi Taofik.

Ojúbọ Òṣogbo, From the collection of: Adunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation
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Ojúbọ Òṣogbo, From the collection of: Adunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation
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Ojúbọ Òṣogbo, From the collection of: Adunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation
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Ojúbọ Òṣogbo, From the collection of: Adunni Olorisha Trust / Adunni Osun Foundation
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The restoration team at work in 2019 - Adebisi Nurudeen, Adeyemi Oseni and Raimi Taofik were the lead restoration artists.

Ọ̀ṣun FestivalOriginal Source: Adunni Olorisha Trust/ Osun Foundation

The Ọ̀ṣun Shrine

The shrine is also the destination of the procession - the highlight of the annual Ọ̀ṣun Òṣogbo Festival, which attracts many thousands of visitors locally and from all over the world.

Ojúbọ Òṣogbo : The Main Ọ̀ṣun Shrine (1960) by Susanne Wenger and NSA artistsOriginal Source: Adunni Olorisha Trust/ Osun Foundation

A shrine for a global future

Ọ̀ṣun brings together òrìṣà devotees and people of Yorùbá and African descent from the Caribbean, Brazil, America, West Africa and from around the world.

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CyArk
Gerhard Merzeder
Helmuth Wienerroither
Judith Haeser
Wolfgang Denk

'Quotes' in the text are all by Susanne Wenger unless stated otherwise.

With special thanks to the Tolaram Group Plc., Lafarge Africa Plc., and Femi Akinsanya for their assistance in the restoration of the Shrine.

Find out more about the AOT/F’s work by visiting our
website www.aot.aof.org

Your donations will support our continuing efforts to maintain and restore the works of art in the Sacred  Ọ̀ṣun Òṣogbo Groves, thank you.

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