The residents of Ilara-Mokin, a town in Nigeria’s western state of Ondo state, celebrate the harvest season in an unusual way – by beating themselves with sticks during the New Yam Festival.
Last Monday, the revellers danced and sang with joy without showing any sign of pain despite the welts on their backs.
The festival sees many people returning home from neighbouring states to join in.
Some even send money back to relatives to help them buy canes ahead of their arrival.
The King of llara-Mokin, Oba Aderemi Adefehinti, told BBC Yoruba that he was trying to stop the practice of self-flagellation, but he said it was difficult as people loved it and the cultural event attracted many participants.
During the festivities, prayers are offered by the monarch and local chiefs for a bountiful harvest in the coming year.
Failure is transmittable and just like success; what you sow is what you reap. The failure of the leadership in Nigeria is just a revelation of the gross failure of our representatives at the nearly concluded Olympics in London. Imagine, Nigeria coming last on all events, last! last!! last!!! I even praised the younng people who were bold enough to represent the country - upon the non-patronage welcome they get each time they are called out on the megaphones, who clapped for them? Who hailed them? Who even cheer them? Tha alone is enough to kill the motivations in the sportsmen/women. However, you ask the President:How much was budgeted for the Olympics - ("emm emm really, I don't know, go and ask Okonjo"). If Jamaica, a tiny Island that is not bigger than half of lagos can make their country proud and stand tall among nations of the world, commanding their standing ovations and admirations, it is indeed a shame for a big-for-nothing country whose citizenry are languishing in various jails all over the world for corruption and money laundering. Mr Augustine, you have spoken the truth, Chinese do not use cutleries to eat their meals, yet they manufacture and export it to all over the world. Nigerian manufactures pastors, boko harams and money launderers, which they hope to export, but to which country?
This is good and it communicates hidden similarities that we overtly commonize.