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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 Cultural Festival Holds December

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Ekiti state governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has said that the state would resume the hosting   of Ekiti State Festival of Arts and Culture ,(EKIFEST) ,in December 2019.

 

Governor Fayemi also revealed the determination of  the state to inaugurate and  establish Arts and Craft Village in Ado Ekiti with cluster outlets in  some communities  across the state.

 

Ekiti State Festival of Arts and Culture ( EKIFEST)  is  an annual event initiated in 2012 by the Fayemi led administration to showcase Ekiti cultural heritage , discover talents and use arts and culture for economic development.

 

The one week event will also create avenue for thousands of tourists from local and international communities to explore the tourism potentialities of the state.

 

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture Stakeholders’ Forum on Monday, the governor who was represented by Head of Service, Hon Deji Ajayi said “We are going to organise Ekiti State Festival of Arts and Culture in December this year to enhance our capacities in crafts, dancing, weaving and other vocational areas of arts.

 ” We should not forget to teach our children those values that will make Ekiti to remember their heritage and sustain our culture as a people”.

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Also speaking at the event, the chairperson of the event, Erelu Bisi Fayemi noted that activities in the culture and Arts sector nosedived in the last four years when her husband, Dr Kayode Fayemi went on sabbatical.

 

“The Arts and culture industry is one of the area through which we believe we identify and develop talents  and create opportunities for our teeming youths in the creative industry “.

 

While pledging her continuous support for creative  industry in the state, Erelu  Fayemi urged the stakeholders in the sector to collaborate with the government particularly the Council for Arts and Culture in the state for  the development of  the sector.

 

The Director General of the Ekiti State Council for  Arts and Culture, Mr. Wale Ojo Lanre, assured that  the government  was committed to  the  promotion of all cultural festivals in the state to empower the people for  economic gains.

 

” We are also going to partner Nigeria Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) , National Council for Arts and Culture and other national and international bodies to promote our arts and culture in Ekiti. Some of them will be enlisted as national festivals .

 

“We are also going to engage  creative arts entrepreneurs and accomplished   artistes of Ekiti origin  to mentor our budding stars.

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”All these are what  Governor Kayode Fayemi is ready to do to promote our arts and culture industry and make it a force that can generate revenue for individuals and the state”, he said.

 

Guest speakers,  including Professor Ishola Olomola, Professor Rasaki Bakare, and Dr Mike Adeoye in their presentations harped on the need for consistency, sustainability and working with passion

Prof Bakare  also called for collaborative efforts among  various associations of professionals to pursue a common goal and economic benefit.

 

 

“You must be humbled to work with those who are not as high as you re and be humble to work with those who are higher than you so as to create   a market and formidable structure that would enhance empowerment and economic development”

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Ewi Of Ado Allays Fear Over Udiroko Festival

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The Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, Aladesanmi  III has made clarification on the confusion trailing African culture, tradition and festivals which had been labelled fetish, insisting that the ‘Udiroko Festival’ has nothing to do with rituals, fetishism and idolism.

Oba Aladesanmi, also informed that the festival is purely the celebration of the cultural essence of the  Ado people dating back to the establishment of the kingdom, adding that “through the Udiroko Festival,  Ado people generally rejoice that another milestone is covered  or reached in their life’s journey; they have safely scaled the past year over to the new year”.

” No deity is worshipped in Udiroko and no idolatry and secret ceremony is performed. It is a ritual free festival predicted on our historical, cultural and traditional values in Ado-Ekiti”, the monarch explained.

Speaking further at a well attended  world press conference organized in respect of the Udiroko Festival,  which was held at the Lagos Airport Hotel, Ikeja on Wednesday, ushering in the 2019 edition of the festival billed for August 12 – 20, the far famed custodian of culture,  noted that the most dominant, traditional features of the olden day’s Udiroko festival are still in place  in a modified form and, inline with the dictates of modern civilization with all the events associated with its celebrations  published for everyone to see.

Ewi of Ado, Oba Aladesanmi flanked by the DG, Ekiti State Council Of Arts &Culture, Ambassador Ojo Lanre at the world press conference

Ewi of Ado, at the event which was attended  by stakeholders and bigwigs  in the tourism industry,  tour operators, festival/event consultants, marketers and  Journalists, emphasized that the festival is a cultural phenomenon that strikes at the foundation of the systemic existence of Ado Kingdom and its people.

Unveiling this year’s theme of the festival – ‘Enforcing And Sustaining The Solidarity Of History, Culture And Tradition’, the revered monarch disclosed that the essence of  the press conference is to further , through a more macro strategy put the ‘Udiroko Festival’ on a global platform to better its lot and usefulness to the cultural being of the Ado-Ekiti people.

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“I wish to emphatically state that the foregoing articulation of the historical pedigree of the Udiroko Festival and its celebrations over  the years in Ado-Ekiti is for the purpose of further educating the general public.  This is done with a view to fostering its acceptability as one of the components  that form the tripod – history, culture and tradition, upon which the systemic existence of the Ado people is predicted, and which has been so from the inception of the Kingdom”, he added.

Ewi Ado in Council at the world press conference in Lagos

The Ewi of Ado, Oba Aladesanmi, however expressed optimism that the well cherished festival would gain further international recognition that would propel it amidst its cultural peers in other kingdoms and climes within and outside Nigeria.

The story of ‘Udiroko Festival’

‘Udiroko’, which literary means under the iroko tree became significant in the history of Ado Ekiti people and to the people as well , right away from the establishment  of Ado -Ekiti through conquest in the early 1300AD by the third, Ewi Awamaro, the second successor of Ewi (Elewi) Biritiokun, the first Ewi who left Ile-Ife like his fifteen other brother Princes of Oduduwa to establish their own respective kingdoms in 1200AD.

Udiroko is a euphemistic expression of the significant  of the first meeting  of the Ado people under the Iroko tree to celebrate the founding of Ado Kingdom under the Paramountcy of the Ewi who, thereafter gave a Royal Proclamation of the first gathering under the Iroko  tree as the first day in the Ado-Ekiti Calendar year.

The commemoration of this first meeting under the Iroko tree (Idi Igi Iroko) with time , semantically developed into Udiroko as it is known and celebrated today. During the first meeting under the Iroko tree, it was decided that such a gathering  shall continue to be held at the same time/ period every year.

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This decision was made with the approval of the Ewi because of the significance of the meeting to the people and its enhancement of the opportunity for the yearly appraisal of the events of the previous year and determination of what to do in the next year.

This festival marks the first day in Ado-Ekiti traditional calendar and now a pride of cultural togetherness of the Ado people.

Also speaking at the event, the Ekiti  State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi expressed his administration’s readiness to partner with the people of Ado-Ekiti to rebrand the Udiroko festival, by globalizing its celebration and seeking for marketers for the festival.

Governor Fayemi, who was represented by  the state Director-General, Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo-Lanre, further disclosed that the collaboration between the state government and the Ado Ewi in Council was to make the festival become self-sustaining and involve Ado-Ekiti indigenes in the Diaspora, as well as those outside the shores of Ekiti.

Director-General, Council for Arts and Culture, Wale Ojo-Lanre addressing the audience at the world press conference

According to  Ojo Lanre,  the council has the full mandate of the government of Dr Fayemi to promote culture as well as core values in order to evolve a State that manifest the vision of its founding fathers; adding that this explains the passion and commitment of the Council towards a collaboration with communities to transform their festivals into a prosperity instrument for the people.

“There is no doubt that the Ewi of Ado-Ekiti has joined the list of monarchs who have at one time or another addressed a world press in a bid to market their festivals to attract global attention and tourists. Osun Osogbo, Olojo and Ojude-Oba festivals have brought the Ataoja, Ooni and Awujale respectively to Lagos on similar purpose. Today, these festivals are bringing economic prosperity and attracting investment opportunity to those who own them.  By this commendable initiative, Udiroko has become a festival for the cultural and tourism public, the manifestation of which would become noticeable in subsequent editions.

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“Since it is within the compass of our purview to inject critical innovations into the original manners of celebrating festivals in Ekiti, we initiated this world press conference in furtherance of the strategic marketing of some Ekiti festivals. We have noticed the energy and vigor with which the Ewi and the people of Ado prepare and celebrate Udiroko annually hence our decision to partner with Ado Ekiti people to rebrand the festival, Globalize its celebration, Seek marketers for the festival so that it becomes self-sustaining, Clear the air over petty controversies and stigmas that threaten its sustainability and Involve Ado-Ekiti indigenes in the diaspora as well as those outside the shores of Ekiti State”, the DG continued.

The Chairman of the occasion, Prince Julius Adelusi   in his welcome address  noted that the festival aimed at  encouraging young people  to embrace the culture and tradition of  Ado Ekiti.

L-R DG Wale Ojo Lanre, Prince Adelusi and Prof Akindele sharing ideas at the world press conference

“Ekiti man is known for  integrity  and upholding values and this has been of great help in  life”, Adelusi submitted.

In a related development, the Chairman, Organising Committee, Professor Sunday Akindele assured  residents. tourists and indigenes that the committee has put in place adequate security measures.

The event, also had in attendance, prominent Ekiti indigenes , including Senator Raji Rasaki, Hon Sola Elesin, Deputy Chairman APC Ekiti state, Hon Femi Bamisile, Chairman Ado Ekiti Local Government,  Engineer Ayoola, President Adk Ekiti Progressive Union, Hon Sola Fatoba, among others.

 

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12 Images Of Pharaohs That Prove Ancient Egyptians Were Black

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Narmer (Reign: ca. 2650 B.C. — 2632 B.C.) Narmer, also known as Menes, unified Upper and Lower Egypt for the first time and, therefore, founded the first dynasty of a unified Egypt.

Khasekhemwy (Reign: 18 years, ca. 2690 B.C.) Khasekhemwy ended the infighting of the second dynasty and reunited Upper and Lower Egypt after a civil war between the followers of the gods Horus and Set.

Djoser (Reign: 19 or 28 years, ca. 2670 B.C.) Djoser (also read as Djeser and Zoser) is the builder of the Step Pyramid and is believed by most Egyptologists to be the founder of the third dynasty during the Old Kingdom.

Huni (Reign: ca. 2650 B.C. – 2632 B.C.) Huni was the last pharaoh of the third dynasty during the Old Kingdom period.

 

Khufu (Reign: 2589 B.C. – 2566 B.C.) Khufu was the second pharaoh of the fourth dynasty and is generally accepted as having commissioned the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

 

Khafra (Reign: 26 years, ca. 2570 B.C.) The pharaoh Khafra is the son of Khufu and built the second-largest pyramid at Giza.

 

Sahure (Reign: 2487 B.C. – 2475 B.C.)
Sahure was the second king of ancient Egypt’s fifth dynasty. Historical records and Egyptian art show that Sahure established an ancient Egyptian navy and sent a fleet to the Land of Punt and traded with cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Mentuhotep II (Reign: c. 2046 B.C. – 1995 B.C.) Nebhepetre Mentuhotep II was a pharaoh of the 11th dynasty who reigned for 51 years. During the 39th year on the throne, he reunited Egypt, thus ending the First Intermediary Period. Consequently, he is considered the first pharaoh of the Middle Kingdom.

Senusret (Reign: 1971 B.C. – 1926 B.C.) Senusret I, also Sesostris I and Senwosret I, was the second pharaoh of the 12th dynasty of Egypt. One of the most powerful kings of this dynasty, he maintained aggressive expansionist policies against Nubia and organized an expedition to a western desert oasis in the Libyan desert. Senusret I established diplomatic relations with some rulers of towns in Syria and Canaan.

Amenemhat III (Reign: c. 1860–1814 BC)
Amenemhat III, also spelled Amenemhet III, was a 12th dynasty pharaoh, whose reign is regarded as the golden age of the Middle Kingdom.

Hatshepsut (c. 1479 B.C. – 1458 B.C.)
Regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, Hatshepsut was the fifth ruler of the 18th dynasty. According to Egyptologist James Henry Breasted, she is also known as “the first great woman in history of whom we are informed.”

 

Ahmose II (Reign: 570 B.C. — 526 B.C.)
Ahmose II, or Amasis II, was a pharaoh of the 26th dynasty of Egypt, the successor of Apries at Sais. He was the last great ruler of Egypt before the Persian conquest.

 

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Source: atlantablackstar.

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