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African Drum Festival: Ojo Lanre Applauds Fayemi, Ekiti Cultural Troupe

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The Director-General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Mr Wale Ojo Lanre on Sunday commended the state cultural troupe for its impressive performance at the just concluded 4th African Drum Festival held in Abeokuta, Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria.
Also, he  lauded  the state Governor , Dr Kayode Fayemi for his moral  and logistic support which enabled the Ekiti Standing Cultural Troupe to attend the event.
Ojo lanre  remarked that  the troupe’s electrifying performance did not only  thrilled the audience but cultivated an immeasurable respect and acknowledgement of its preparedness for the festival.
He pointed out that, though it was painful , that despite the acknowledged spectacular performance of the Ekiti Troupe ,the judges’s result was not in its favour .
Ojo  Lanre pointed out  that in spite of the daunting challenges ,  the troupe staged and  displayed talents and skills to the admiration of both local and a foreign tourists who witnessed  the historic event.
The Director General also commended all the  Directors of the council  for their efforts and contributions towards the successful participation at the festival.
While appealing to the troupe and the officials not to allow their morale to be shattered by the outcome of the event Ojo lanre said they should see it as a litmus contest meant  to brace them up  and prepare  to win subsequent competitions ahead.
He, however assured that the government would provide necessary material and support needed to enhance its performances and operations

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Runsewe hails Governor Fayemi over cultural strides 

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The Director-General, National Council of Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has commended the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi for his keen interest at the promotion of culture and arts in the state

The DG described Governor Fayemi as “one of the greatest cultural assets in Nigeria who is stoking the arts and cultural sector for the overall development of Ekiti State and its wonderful homogenous indigenes “

Otunba Runsewe made this observation about Governor Fayemi   after the Director-General, Ekiti – State Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre highlighted  the cultural strides  in Ekiti State  at the 49th National Stakeholders  Meeting on the National Festival of Arts and Culture ( NAFEST) held in Benin, Edo State last week.

Otunba Runsewe declared “I am not surprised about the stories of good news emanating from Ekiti State because Governor Fayemi is not only a brilliant and cosmopolitan personality who understands the import of culture as the base for value restoration, moral rectification and attitude shaping but an exceptional human being who is determined to employ arts and culture to drive commerce, investment and investors to the state. And going by the testimonies and reports from Ekiti State   one is convinced that Ekiti State which has come back to take its front-row position in the cultural agenda of Nigeria “

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Ambassador Ojo – Lanre who attended the meeting with two directors of the Council, Messer Banji Adelusi, (Culture) and Adeoye Adewuyi, ( Arts), has briefed the body of the cultural strides being made by Governor Fayemi at enhancing the cultural potentialities of the state

“I am bold to tell this distinguished gathering of  cultural administrators of 36 states of the Federation that  Governor Kayode Fayemi has brought to life the hitherto lifeless, moribund , sterile  and dead Arts and Cultural sector  thus empowering  it as one of the essential agents of value restoration and reorientation “

Ojo – Lanre, also disclosed that the state has commenced the implementation of the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture 2012 Law which was enacted   by Governor Fayemi during his first tenure and which was relegated and put into the cooler by the previous government.

He revealed that Ekiti State also, via the Law has legally established Council for Arts and Culture which has been mobilized and reinforced to promote, enhance and market the cultural ingredients, values, arts, crafts and heritage sites from being sources of entertainment but of empowerment, revenue generation and employment creation.

Ojo – Lanre  hinted that within the last two months of inaugurating the Council, Governor Fayemi has empowered   it to attend the 2019 Drum Festival in Abeokuta, rebranded the State Standing Cultural Troupe, accelerating the work on the Cultural and the civic centre, approved the hosting of Stakeholder Forum and  Creative workshop, stoking of indigenous industry clusters , ensured the harmonisation, the unification  of the various hitherto disorganised sectoral association players  and rejuvenation of cultural festivals like Ogun, Oladunwo in Okemesi, Ekiti Parapo War Festival and institutionalization of culture and arts as the fulcrum of value reorientation

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 He pointed out that one of the signs that Governor Fayemi is doing well in the state was the presence and attendance of the Ekiti delegate at the Pre NAFEST Technical Forum being held in Edo State.

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Ekiti govt. to train youth on indigenous arts, crafts

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Ekiti state government, through its Council for Arts and Culture in collaboration with Bureau of Labour , Employment and Productivity  have promised to train young indigenes of the state  in  indigenous  arts and crafts with a view of  enhancing  creativity, empowerment and reducing  unemployment .

 

The DG Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre and Mr Lanre Ogunjobi, DG Bureau of Employment, Labour and Productivity disclosed this during their recent visit to the Onisan of Isan Ekiti, Oba Adejuwon Gabriel Ayodele in his palace.

 

Isan , the country home of Governor Kayode Fayemi is one of the towns in the country with highest number of skillful potters.

 

According to Ojo Lanre, “part of the mantra of the council is to resuscitate and promote  the dying indigenous cottage industries as well as  training the younger ones in the arts to prevent them from going into extinction.

 

“We have been to Ogotun Ekiti  where we have mat weavers , today we are in Isan to see the pottery centre and we will go to Ara, Ipoti and other Ekiti communities with creative and indigenous industries  to  reinforce their sustainability and ensure their being embraced by this generation for economic development and posterity”

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Also, in his own remarks, Mr Lanre Ogunjobi, Director General, Bureau of Employment, Labour and Productivity said  the Bureau would train and facilitate  soft loan through micro credit agencies  to  encourage women and younger ones in the business.

 

“ Part of Dr Kayode Fayemi’s vision  is to uplift the lot of women and young people and one of the ways he wants to achieve this is to put in place  sustainable projects that will reduce unemployment, empowers  and generate revenue”, he said.

 

Responding, the Onisan of Isan, Oba Adejuwon Gabriel Ayodele  said “Isan women are endowed with  skillful potters  who  need support for mass production and marketing of products”.

 

The monarch, then urged the government to rebuild and upgrade the Isan pottery center which was built in 1985 during Late Mariam Babangida’s Better Life Programme and which the wife of the State Governor ,Erelu Bisi Fayemi was working upon during the first tenure of Dr Kayode Fayemi .

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CULTURE : Ekiti to adopt own fabric

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The Ekiti State Council of Obas has been urged to fish out the traditional fabric which is unique and homogeneous to the state 

 

The Director General ,Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture , Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre made this call during an official visit to the Council of Traditional Rulers at the House of Chiefs ,Old Governor Office, Ado Ekiti.

The Director General pointed out that ” it is a fact that we are homogeneous in language but also it is our believe that Ekiti has that special fabrics which is unique and of great ancestral value to the culture and tradition of Ekiti . I am thus utilizing this opportunity of urging our traditional rulers to fish out that antecedental fabric which all Ekiti indigenes will not only be identified with but be proud to display anywhere  to further reinforce the homogeneity of our state”.

 

Ojo – Lanre  who was accompanied by his Directors informed the traditional Obas of the functions of the Ekiti  State Council for Arts and Culture as codified in the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture Law 2012 as assented to by Dr Kayode Fayemi during his first tenure as the Governor of the State

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He  said that Governor Kayode Fayemi has the highest respect for the traditional institution hence ‘has charged the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture to ensure the reverencing of  traditional stool and enhancement of traditional culture ,values , arts, sacred places  and heritage sites’

Ojo – Lanre pointed out that his visit was not just a formality rather an attestation to the fact that his council was established primarily to add value to the institution of traditional rulers and the shoring up of the cultural influence of the royal fathers

He  intimated the royal fathers of the stride of his Council at documenting and profiling all the cultural festivals and heritage sites in the state for positive enhancements

Responding on behalf of the traditional rulers ,the Elekole of Ikole ,Oba Adewumi Ajibade  , who was the acting Chairman for the meeting,commended Governor Fayemi for his visionary and revolutionary acts ,deeds and steps particularly in the arts and culture sector

He pointed out that the visit by Ojo Lanre is a clear demonstration of the government serious commitment to the promotion of culture , enhancement of the arts and protection of the pristine heritage of Ekiti people.

The Elekole  said that the traditional rulers were impressed by the speech  read by the Director General in which he exposed the steps taken so far by the Ekiti Council for Arts and Culture

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He assured the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture of the support of the traditional rulers in the state .

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