Ondo State was created on 3 February 1976 from the former Western State. It originally included what is now Ekiti State, which was split off in 1996. Akure is the state capital. Just like every other Nigerian state, Ondo people have their unique culture and ‘strange’ practices which many of you might not have heard of before, like ever. To get you in the know about the strange practices in the state and get you familiar with the state, INFORMATION NIGERIA brings you 4 strange things that happen in the state which probably never happens else where….
1. In Ondo state, if someone commits inc*st with a relative whether knowingly or unknowingly, evil things will start happening to them, until atonement is made.
2. In Ondo state, there is what is called ‘Atagba’. It is a diabolic means of hurting people who had offended the sender with strange illnesses that could lead to sudden death except atonement is made. Before now, ‘Atagba’ was a means of sending messages, information or greetings to people far away until it was corrupted and now being used to strike offenders.
3. There is a festival in Ondo known as the ‘Iwo’. A stranger is not allowed to go out and see it because if a stranger comes across the participants (like the priests) of the festival, the tongue of the stranger is said to grow abnormally up to his knees and this could lead to death unless again atonement is made.
4. Some farmer place charms on farm produce. When someone goes to take from it without the consent of the owner, a strange growth would erupt on the side of the person’s face and will continue growing until atonement is done.
If you didn’t know…well now you know!!!