On Thursday, September 24, 2015, muslims across the globe celebrated Eid-il-Kabir (Sallah) with the symbolic slaughtering of rams by those who could afford to do so. It was a moment of fun and a holiday period for both muslims and non-muslims, especially in Nigeria.
Some celebrities ENCOMIUM Weekly spoke to shared their excitements about the colourful festival…
JOHN FASHANU, ex-footballer
What we (I mean myself and my good friend, Rachel Bakam) do traditionally is we buy different goods like rice, ram, food items, blankets and others and go around and distribute them to people in need, people who are less fortunate. This year, we were in Abuja and spent about two or three days.
Sallah is a time when we think about people, not about ourselves and our families alone.
DIDI EKANEM, actress
I travelled home to be with my family and it’s awesome having to be with them. I don’t really spend time with them, so it was really good. This has got to be the most memorable Sallah celebration for me because I rarely get to celebrate it as I am mostly at work. This is actually the first time enjoyed a real holiday during Sallah.
HALIMA ABUBAKAR, actress
I didn’t celebrate the Sallah like I would have wanted to because I was on the sick bed. Thankfully, I’m fine now, but I didn’t get to celebrate it. I had already bought my ram for the celebration before it happened. It’s okay, I needed the rest anyway. I still got to kill it afterwards and celebrate.
KABIRAT KAFIDIPE, actress
Every Sallah has its unique feature. I cannot say this is the most memorable.
AFEEZ OYETORO, actor
I spent my Sallah at Owo Ijebu. I went to the prayer ground with my wife. We used the opportunity to attend my boss’s father’s funeral. We are just rounding up the ceremony now. I was the MC of the event. We will be going back to Lagos very soon. I will take the children back to school, then, work will continue.
Every Sallah has its specific excitement. I have been able to spend each Sallah the way I love to spend it.
DEMOLA ADUNOLA, entrepreneur
I celebrated Sallah with my family, friends, workers and associates here in Lagos as usual. Despite the economic situation in the country, everything went well and we all enjoyed ourselves. I thank God for that. I also went to Epe for Ojude Oba which was part of Sallah celebration in accordance with the tradition of the town.
I was with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and other dignitaries. It’s a very colourful and memorable event. I thank God for sparing my life to witness this year’s Sallah and I pray for more of it in sound health.
SIKIRATU SINDODO, actress
I celebrated Sallah with my family and friends in Lagos, Surulere to be precise. It was a moment of joy and fun. My mother and every other member of our family were there enjoying and appreciating God for witnessing yet another Sallah in good health.
It was memorable just like every other Sallah I have ever celebrated. I pray to witness man\y more in sound health and prosperity.
OGE OKOYE, actress
I was at work, actually. I only had one day (that’s Friday) to myself and I spent it with my family indoors, watching movies. It was fun, really. That’s basically it. I won’t say it’s my most memorable, it’s just a time for one to rest and be with family.