We want to express our deepest regret for the passing at 73 years of Elegun Sango Koso, the living reincarnation of Sango and one of our main teachers in the Orisa Sango cult.
The Elegun Sango Koso was one of the most renowned Babalorisa of the Sango cult, to whom he dedicated most of his life. Every year at the World Sango Festival that takes place in Oyo, the Elegun was in charge of transmitting the message of the Erindilogun divination sign and, on the most important day of the celebrations, he was the one who received the prayers of all the faithful who they go to Koso and to whom he gave his blessings.
The Elegun Sango fair with the Mogba Koso and the Alaafin of Oyo are the most important representations of the Orisa Sango on earth. Every year the Elégún Sàngó Kòso, symbolizing spiritual immortality, is presented in the Kòso temple on the last day of the annual Sàngó festival. In accordance with the ritual of the celebrations, he travels through the city presided over by the Babalorisa and accompanied by the followers and at midnight he continues in the direction of the Aláàfin palace, at which time the king and all the people who have a title in the palace must leave the local because at that time the Orishas is present and he is the only king of Òyo that day.
We hope that his reunion with his ancestors and Olodumare is happy and that from there he continues to help us by the hand of Sango. We also hope that his family and all the people we learned with him will find comfort in the Orisa teachings that he instilled in us.