Organizers of local festivals and traditional events in Ekiti state have been urged to put in place mechanism that will checkmate any form of violent acts during their events
The state Director General Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre stated this while receiving leaders of Ijo Olorisa Agbaye led by Oba Dr. Asiwaju Jamiu Adewale Eletu Oba Risa Ati Ijo Olorisa Parapo Ati Asa Ile Adulawo Agbaye worldwide in his office.
Ojo Lanre said the state government would not encourage any form of violent, adding that any community or people involved in such act would be sanctioned.
The DG maintained that people should see festival as an avenue to promote peace, economic development and unity and not violence or fan embers of division among the people
‘Local and foreign tourists would not come to event where violence take place and the government won’t be pleased with any community where such happens.”
Oba Dr Asiwaju Jamiu Adewale Eletu in his response said that their organization is not a violent organization but a peace-loving and development council of Orisa worshippers.
He revealed that the council would organise Ifa festival in August and thus seeking collaboration with Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture for a successful events
‘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.
Osinbajo inaugurates Emirati-Nigerian Art and Culture Exhibition
Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Vice President of Nigeria, inaugurated the Emirati-Nigerian Art and Culture Exhibition at the Mike Adenuga Centre in Lagos, organised by the UAE Embassy in Abuja.
Dr. Fahad Obaid Al Taffaq, UAE Ambassador to Nigeria, accompanied Osinbajo during his tour of the exhibition, which showcased artwork by Emirati and Nigerian artists.
Osinbajo praised bilateral relations between the UAE and Nigeria and highlighted promising areas of cooperation, noting that the UAE is a key destination for Nigerians for tourism, medical treatment, and investment.
For his part, Al Taffaq highlighted the two countries’ close ties, underscoring that the exhibition represents the early stages of cooperation between their creative industries.
During the event, a short film was presented on the UAE’s preparations to host the Expo 2020 Dubai, and the UAE Embassy presented Osinbajo with artwork by Emirati artist Hussain Al Hashemi with the Vice President’s name written in Arabic calligraphy.
The exhibition was attended by numerous diplomats and members of the Nigerian Parliament, as well as artists, intellectuals, and business leaders.
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