Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi on Saturday lamented youths’ indifference and low-level participation in the promotion of traditional and cultural activities, urging them to be conscious of the socio-economic benefits of their involvements in promotion of cultural heritages in the state.
The governor, through his Director General, Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre, gave this urge while addressing newsmen at the grand finale of Ladunwo Festival in Oke-Mesi.
Ojo Lanre noted that the involvement of youths in traditional and cultural activities is not encouraging and promised to initiate programmes and ideas that will boost their morale in creative industry and harness the economic potentials.
“Lack of interest in cultural activities is one of the side effect of globalization but we are going to change the narration by engaging them in a way that will be more beneficial and encouraging
“One of the cardinal point of Dr Kayode Fayemi administration in Ekiti state is restoring the value through promotion of traditional and cultural identity and great virtue of Ekiti state and that is exactly why we are calling on everybody to be involved for a greater and better future”, he submitted.
The Chief Cultural Officer of the state continued, “the state is also ready to support youths in the creative industry with a view of discovering more talents and create jobs in the state”
While Speaking on the Ladunwo festival organized by Okemesi Cultural Heritage Promotion, Ojo Lanre said the event is one of the traditional functions that attracts government attention because of its relevant not only to Oke-Mesi history but to Yoruba at large
“This is a well packaged programme, you can see hundreds of masquerades and other cultural activities going on, there is no violent and everybody is in the joyous mood, I am sure by next edition, there will be improvement and increase in the number of sponsors and participants, number of local and foreign tourists would increase and the economy of the hosting communities and the state would be affected positively”, Ojo Lanre added.
Also speaking at the event, the Chairman, Organizing Committee, Prince Kayode Oni, said the triennial event is a celebration of an ancestral masquerades known to be an agent of peace and progress in the town.
Oni stressed, “we do have masquerade festival annually but Ladunwo is triennial because that is the tradition and we are happy with the development, we hope there would be improvement in the subsequent edition” .
Aje Festival 2020: Ooni wants government to spread wealth through trade, investment policies
The Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has urged government at all levels to raise the standard of living of citizenry through favourable economic policies.
Ooni, the Co-Chairman of National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN) gave the charge during the 2020 edition of the annual celebration of Aje Festival at his Ile-Oodua palace, on Monday in Ile-Ife.
Ooni Ogunwusi who is the natural father of the entire Yoruba race worldwide decried the current economic condition of the country which he described as pathetic, adding that the country’s wealth must be be enjoyable to all Nigerians.
“As it stands today, Nigeria has a population of few men and women controlling the economy while countless others are languishing in poverty. We cannot continue like this.
“For us to progress as a country, we must ensure that our wealth goes round especially to the poor and other vulnerable members of the society. We cannot keep having strikingly rich few Nigerians and uncountable ones wallowing in abject poverty.” The Ooni decried.
While explaining the basis for the Aje Festival celebrations, the African foremost monarch explained that it is a unique way through which the Yoruba people globally remember the deity which is known for wealth and riches.
“Aje is a deity which is known for wealth and riches. Its annual celebration as you have witnessed today is to acknowledge its relevance to us as people, especially its indispensable nature to us.
“Did you see the struggle for it during the procession to and from the Aje temple? That is the spirit of Aje, all of us are not rich because it is not easy to accumulate wealth.
“We are not devaluing the currency by spraying it to our people, we only do it on a special day like this to spread happiness. In the olden days, it was cowries, sometimes ago it was coins, nowadays it is naira notes and we hold it in a very high esteem.” The Ooni noted.
Coordinator of Aje Festival, Princess Toyin Kolade while briefing newsmen expressed happiness for the massive turnout of participants from within and outside Nigeria. She thanked the Ooni for the opportunity, pledging her commitment to the development of the prestigious Yoruba cultural heritage.
Similarly, the Lowa Adimula of Ife, High Chief Adekola Adeyeye, described the 2020 Aje festival celebration as the best in history, thanking the Ooni for uphold the cultural values of Ile Ife and Yorubaland. He added that the Ooni has rebranded the ancient city positively to the world, praying that God Almighty will support him in realising the greater Ife Kingdom of his dream.
The Obaluru Oranfe, Oba Isoro Abiodun Molato said “Aje is a goddess that provides Wealth and Fortune for People. She was among the 401 deities sent to the world by Olodumare .
Her primary assignment was to ensure a smooth transition of the country’s economy. For this, she is always being celebrated and commemorated by the people of Ife and other tribes of Yoruba so as to laud and epitomize her past good deeds and also how she has diligently improved people’s welfarism and the commerce of the country”.
Speaking on behalf of the international participants, Mr. Rodrigo Abdon from Brazil described the festival as awesome representation of the African rich cultural heritage.
“What I see here today has further represented the economic potentials of the enviable Yoruba cultural heritage and Africa at large. I see arts, I see dance, I see music, I see paintings and many others like we have in Brazil. The people are also receptive, very accommodating and it shows the good nature of the land. We are really feeling at home”Mr. Rodrigo noted.
The traditional rulers who graced the epoch cultural event are; Alapomu of Apomu, Oba Adenekan Afolabi, Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, Oba Joseph Adewole, Olugbon of Ile-Igbon, Oba Olusola Alao, Onigogo of Igogo-Ekiti, Oba Sunday Adewumi, Elerinmo of Erinmo-Ijesa, Oba Michael Ajayi, Onigbaye of Igbaye, Oba Morounfoye Okunola, Olubogun of Ibogun-Ifo, Oba Fakayode Faluade, Aragberi of Oragberi, Oba Funso Makanju, Oloba of Oba-Ile, Oba Adekunle Oyeyemi, Eburu of Iba, Oba Adeogun Ogunoye, Onitetiku of Owode-Ota, Oba Wasiu Ogungbayi, Asoya of Ile-Isoya, Oba Muraina Adedini, Obalufe of Iremo-Ife, Oba Idowu Adediwura and a host of others
The former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Consular General of Brazilian Embassy in Nigeria, Helge’s Samuel Bandeira, several traditional rulers and Nollywood stars including Adewale Eleso, Iya Rainbow, Lanre Hassan(Iya Awero) and Saheed Balogun others dignitaries witnessed the event while the Apala music maestro, Musiliu Haruna Isola thrilled the guests.
2020 Osun Osogbo festival is double celebrations – Ataoja
The Ataoja of Osogboland, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun has revealed that the year 2020 annual Osogbo Festival will be a double celebration.
Oba Olanipekun said that the celebration of the annual festival in August this year would lead to the 10th coronation anniversary of his ascension to the throne of his forefathers in September
In a statement by the Managing Consultant of the Osun Osogbo festival in Ibadan on Tuesday, Mr. Toye Arulogun, the royal father noted that activities marking the 2020 edition of the festival will commence in March 2020 with a stakeholders round table aimed at identifying and getting the inputs of partners and other stakeholders for the 2020 double celebrations.
He said that the festival committee is working round the clock to ensure that this year’s festival is a huge success with great tourism benefits to the Osun State government and the federal government at large.
Oba Oyetunji expressed appreciation to the sons and daughters of Osogbo for their support and understanding towards him since his reign as the Ataoja in 2010.
The traditional ruler said that he is very optimistic that Osogbo and the Osun Groove, a World Heritage Site by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will play host to a higher number of devotees, participants and tourists during this year’s festival and the celebration of a decade of his coronation.
Ekiti moves to rebrand Ere Ayo Arin for global acceptability
The Ekiti state government through its Council for Arts and Culture is set to rebrand Ere Ayo Arin for cultural visibility, public embracement and global acceptability
The Director-General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo -Lanre made this revelation on Thursday after a presentation of Ere Ayo Arin by members of staff of the Council at the Ekiti State Cultural Centre, Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre explained that Ere Ayo Arin is one of the notable traditional games and entertainment values which are the cultural heritage of Ekiti and Yoruba land but one which is trending fast into the abyss of forgetfulness and extinction
Speaking further, he disclosed that the Council embarked on the rebranding of Ere Ayo Arin in line with the cultural vision of Dr Kayode Fayemi which tasked the Council to rejuvenate and resuscitate notable traditional games of Yoruba which are agents of values building and moulders of growth ethics but which are now decreasing in popularity and visibility
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre added that Ere Ayo Arin is not just only a recreational and entertainment act but a game which hone and sharpens the intelligence board, tasks the mental plate and stokes the goal getting skills of players while it injects excitement, cultivates active participation of the spectators and the audience
He revealed that it is one game which grinds the players’ ability to plan, calculate, strategise, target and achieve a set goal, which are all the growth valves which a typical human being needs to accomplish his vision on Earth. ,
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre revealed that research and investigation so far conducted showed that a large percentage of our youths has never watched Ere Ayo Arin being played in its cultural form as well as not even seen the seed being used.
He said he was not surprised when three out of five students on an internship with the Council revealed that they have never watched or played neither have they set their eyes on the seed used in playing the game
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre disclosed that Ere Ayo Arin would be formally presented and performed in Ado Ekiti before being taken on a tour of other local government councils in the state.
He revealed that Ere Ayo Arin tour would be tailored according to the cultural vision of Dr Fayemi which targets the pupils, secondary school students and the youths most of who are in the oblivion of these pristine traditional games which equip and launder the brain for effective functioning in day to day engagement in life.
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