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Desecration: Nigerian Porn star Tblak Arrested For Ignorantly Filming At Sacred Forest!

A pornographic filmmaker Tobiloba Jolaosho, popularly known as King Tblak HOC, has been arrested for allegedly recording a pornographic movie at the Osun Osogbo sacred grove in western Nigeria, police say. 

The sacred forest, home to the Yoruba goddess of fertility, Osun, is a UN-designated World Heritage Site. 

According to police report, Tblak was arrested for allegedly recording a “sex movie” in the forest. 

Neither he nor his lawyer have commented. 

Osun Osogbo is on the outskirts of the city of Osogbo, the Osun state capital. 

Mr Jolaosho is a popular porn movie producer with a huge following, and snippets of the video, which allegedly showed him dressed in the white robe of adherents of the Osun deity, were posted on his website and social media accounts. 

Breached public peace’ 

It remains unclear when the recording was done or how he entered the forest, which can be easily accessed from many routes. 

Police spokesman Opalola Yemisi told BBC Yoruba that the movie producer will appear in court following an investigation as his conduct “could have breached public peace”. 

ADEDAYO OKEDARE/BBC

Followers React 

A follower of the deity, Yemi Elebuibon, said Mr Jolaosho had desecrated the grove, which was a sacred land where worshippers from Nigeria and elsewhere offer prayers and sacrifices to the Osun goddess. 

“The traditional worshippers in charge of the grove will decide on what punishment to mete out to him, after the police concludes its investigation,” Mr Elebuibon told the BBC’s Busayo James-Olufade. 

Declared it a World Heritage Site in 2003, the UN’s cultural organisation, Unesco, described the Osun Osogbo sacred grove, as “one of the last remnants of primary high forest in southern Nigeria” and “as the abode of the goddess of fertility Osun, one of the pantheon of Yoruba gods”. 

The Osun goddess, according to Yoruba mythology, was one of the many wives of Sango, a powerful deity in Yoruba folklore. 

The Osun Osogbo festival is a traditional event thought be about 600 years old. Every year, thousands of adherents from all over the world attend the Osun Osogbo festival, which is often marked with daily rituals of dancing, singing, playing the drums and showing off elaborate costumes to appease the goddess Osun. Participants also make requests from the water goddess amid prayers of gratitude for the previous requests she had answered.

NEWS/PHOTO SOURCE: BBC/GETTY

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