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
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
He assured the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture of the support of the traditional rulers in the state .
Ofala Festival , A Good Nigerian Tourism Asset – Coker
The Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mr Folorunsho Coker has described the Ofala festival as a viable and sustainable Nigerian Tourism asset which should be further developed into a regional and global outing of culture and heritage.
Coker, who said this at the 18th Ofala festival of the traditional ruler of Onitsha, explained that festivals such as Ofala remain a unifying factor in connecting diverse cultures and interest as it brings people together from all walks of life and different parts to Onitsha, Nigeria.
The “Ofala, among other cultural festivals in Nigeria, does showcase the rich culture of our people through dance, colorful attire, traditional foods among other things. It boosts the local economy and encourages unity of the people whilst creating value on many micro platform ” he said.
Coker, also emphasized the need for collaboration among the tourism stakeholders in Nigerian economy namely airlines, hotels, Tour operators and festivals owners toward creating a festival economy in tourism.
He encouraged them to come up with an all-inclusive package that both foreign and local tourists can easily consume. Packages that are bite-sized and digitally driven to consumers.
The NTDC Boss then urged people to fully embrace the new media in telling the Nigerian story globally. He said the digital revolution is available to drive tourism to generate the values we need.
His words: “It is expedient for us to explore the new mediums of information which has grown beyond print and the conventional electronic media – radio and TV. The disruptive technologies available to us now can create the cash we need.
‘The new media – social media provides wider coverage and dissemination of information about our activities even to the global community, the impact is exponential.” The DG asserted that Tourism remains a central pillar of economic growth and diversification in many countries while also expressing governments readiness to support and promote other cultural festivals in Nigeria.
“We at NTDC are always ready to collaborate with the private sector to strength events that will make people focus on the consumption of tourism assets in Nigeria, hence we are willing to promote other cultural festivals in Nigeria”, he pledged.
The Obi of Onitsha – Igwe Alfred Nnaemeka Achebe in his welcome address thanked the NTDC for endorsing the Onitsha Ofala festival as a national tourism activity.
‘We shall use pounded yam to drive Ekiti economy’ – Wale Ojo lanre
The Director-General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre has said that the Council would engage pounded yam to drive the economy of Ekiti State
” Ekiti is blessed with wonderful cultural potentialities which are capable of stimulating and propelling the economy of the state. One of these is our common good called Iyan or pounded yam. We shall leverage by showcasing the uniqueness of Ekiti pounded yam all over the world and branding it to lure tourists to the state ”
Ojo- Lanre made this revelation yesterday while playing host to Chief Kola Akosile, President, Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry who led a team of Culinary Investors under the aegis of Authentic Nigerian Foods and Fashion Fair to Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture Office in Ado Ekiti
Ojo -Lanre noted that ” Iyan is not only synonymous with Ekiti and it’s brother Ijesa, but Ekiti iyan has its own unique peculiarities in taste, texture and feel which you cannot find in any other brand of iyan in another state. Iyan Ekiti is like Chinese food which cannot be duplicated. For if it is not iyan Ekiti it is not iyan”.
The DG also disclosed that the Council would soon hold a conference of all Iyan sellers and producers in Ekiti in its bids to ensure that the glory of iyan radiate and shine for economic prosperity
Mr Shobowale Sanya, Managing Director, Authentic Nigerian Food and Fashion Fair said that Ekiti is the cultural capital of Yoruba state both in history and geographical configuration.
He commended Governor Kayode Fayemi for being the only Governor in the South West who has taken upon himself the arduous task of rejuvenating Yoruba Culture.
Mr Shobowale who was accompanied by Mrs Franca Olayiwola disclosed that Ekiti State is the foremost cultural friendly state in Nigeria due to the cultural vision of Dr Kayode Fayemi
He revealed that ” the cultural vision of Dr Kayode Fayemi has placed Ekiti State at the front burner of global cultural discourse and recognition. Thus making Ekiti the first point of reference when cultural activities and projects suffice .This is why we have to be here to intimate the state of the project Authentic Nigerian Food and Fashion Fair Scheduled to hold in Lagos in December”.
He lauded the management of Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture for its warmth and culturally exciting reception accorded the visiting team
” I must confess that having visited both national and states cultural organisations, Ekiti is the only state where we are treated to a taste of the cultural assets of the state ”
Oyo to celebrate first Ijala festival with carnival, competition
The inaugural celebration of Ijala festival in Ibadan would be heralded with carnival, competition and awards for notable Ibadan indigenes from the 17th to 19th of October 2019 at Ilaji Hotels and Resort Center, Akanran, Ibadan.
The event which was packaged by Ona-Ara Development Forum (ODF) in conjunction with Oyo State Ministry of Information and Tourism was slated towards awakening the cultural renaissance and to bring back the glory of Yoruba’s oral poetry popularly called Ijala.
This disclosure was made on Monday by the President, Ona-Ara Development Forum, Alhaji Kola Bolomope at a Press conference held at the Film Theater of the State Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism.
Bolomope said the need for the cultural renaissance was occasioned by the dearth of Yoruba culture which he said has contributed to low sense of cultural belonging and poor moral rectitude among the people of the Southwest Nigeria.
“To the Yoruba of South-west Nigeria, to be a hunter was an ultimate honour and those who were hunters were seen as ideal men. Ijala chant belongs to a genre of exclusive hunters and are performed on festivals such as coronations and weddings.
“This important aspect of our cultural heritage is going into extinction. As a community with the background of several brave and distinguished hunters, it is our conviction that we should spearhead the revival and promotion of this form of Yoruba entertainment.
“The program which will hold between Thursday 17th and Saturday 19th October 2019 will also serve as a platform to boost tourism, maintain the oral traditions of the Yoruba people and for the children of Yorubas to be more exposed to the art of Ijala storytelling as well as creating employment opportunities for the teeming population of the State.”
The State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun who was at the event hinted that the State government’s policy on promotion of cultural values and arts was in tandem with the Ijala renaissance project, promising the group behind the festival of government’s support for its success.
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