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    Ooni of Ife, Tinubu, Oba of Lagos, Other Dignitaries To Grace 5th Annual World Omoluabi Day In Lagos

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    The Ooni of Ife, Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II (CFR) will be leading eminent Yoruba descendants including President-elect, Bola Hamed Tinubu, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Babatunde Osuolale Aremu Akiolu alongside other dignitaries to the fifth edition of the Annual World Omoluabi Day Festival scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria.

    World Omoluabi Day is organized by the Yoruba Council Worldwide(YCW), a global umbrella body for Yoruba sociocultural groups to celebrate, appreciate and preserve the Yoruba ethos of Omoluabi.

    The Global President of the Council, Aare(Barr.) Oladotun Hassan in a statement, noted that this Year’s event, Branded EKOFEST ’23 with the theme: Yoruba Indigenization, will hold at the prestigious National Arts Theatre, Iganmu Lagos on Monday, May 1st, 2023 by 11am.

    “This event is a global spectacular event aimed at bringing together all Great sons and daughters of Oduduwa globally.

    “We have come a long way to realize the importance of unity, peace and development of the Yoruba nationhood in line with the Omoluabi ethos, prestige, honour, wisdom, hard-work and mutual respect.

    “Hence, this year’s edition is specially hosted in Lagos after enjoying four good years of Ile-Ife hosting by our Grand Host and Royal Father, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, Ooni of Ife, Olori Alade gbogbo, whose authority has confirmed to move this epoch making event to the city of Lagos and Center of Excellence with over 2 million expected participants and tourists both within Nigeria and from the Diaspora.”

    “EKOFEST 23 is a major milestone in the history of the Yoruba Council Worldwide: Igbimo Apapo Yoruba Lagbaye umbrella body to all Yoruba indigenous groups globally, with special focus on Indigenization of all Yorubas to believe and hold on to their true noble Omoluabi identity.”, Aare Oladotun stated.

    The event which is being sponsored by GOLDBERG with support from the Lagos State Ministry of Culture and Tourism will also feature the presentation of Omoluabi Royal Icon(ORI) Awards to exceptional and deserving Oodua descendants worldwide with over 1000 cultural entertainers and performers expected.

    “We shall be working closely with the Lagos State Government under the hosting honour by His Excellency, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Executive Governor of Lagos State and Omoluabi Eko Pataki Oodua of Yoruba Land and the Lagos State Ministry of Arts, Tourism and Culture.

    “We believe this event we herald a new paradigm in the celebration of our culture and traditions, because this is the mother of all festivals , with over 2000 Royal Fathers accros Yoruba Land and 1000 diverse performances ranging from best of performing Arts, cultural festival enthusiasts and Drama display by all the various traditional festivals we have known and experienced in Yoruba Land like Eyo, Egungun, Igunuko, Fanty, Kiladelu, Zangbeto, while performing arts Troup from all the Yoruba speaking states of Nigeria will be witnessed with high energetic innovation and uncommon vision.”, the statement added.

    Other dignitaries expected at the event include the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the Chief Host; the Oniru of Iruland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun II; the Elegushi of Ikate-Elegushi Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oba Alayeluwa Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla III among others.

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    Governor AbdulRazaq reiterates support for tourism, cultural festivals

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    Governor AbdulRazaq reiterates support for tourism, cultural festivals

    The Kwara State Governor, North Central Nigeria, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has pledged the commitment of the state government in the development of the tourism sector through the promotion of sociocultural festivals and monuments in the state.

    He specifically expressed his resolve to partner and support various cultural associations in the state including Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressives Union (IEDPU) to drive and sustain growth in the various sectors.

    The Governor made the pledge when he received the Chairman, Ilorin Emirate Durbar Committee, Engineer Suleiman Yahaya Alapansanpa at the Government House, Ilorin.

    Governor AbdulRazaq said the government will continue to partner with various cultural associations in the state, including the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressives Union (IEDPU), to drive sustainable growth in the sector.

    He added that his administration would increase its support for the 2024 Durbar Festival and other major cultural events in the state.

    The Chairman, Ilorin Emirate Durbar Committee, Engineer Alapasanpa while speaking during the visit, reiterated the kind of support the Emirate enjoyed from the governor and the state government in the previous editions of the festival which culminated in the high level of success recorded in the last celebration.

    The Ilorin Durbar event will hold on Tuesday, the third day of Ileya festival at the Emir’s palace.

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    National Theatre GM Seeks More Investment In Cultural Tourism

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    National Theatre GM Seeks More Investment In Cultural Tourism

    The General Manager, National Arts Theatre, Tola Akerele, has called for more investment in cultural tourism, creative industries, and multicultural education to further leverage Nigeria’s diversity.

    Akerele made the call on Tuesday in Lagos at a World Cultural Day celebration organised by the National Theatre in collaboration with the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).

    The theme of the programme is “Harnessing Cultural Diversity to foster Unity and drive Economic Growth in Nigeria”.

    “Cultural diversity is not a liability; it’s an asset waiting to be adequately harnessed.

    “By embracing our diversity, we position Nigeria as a global leader – a hub of creativity and ingenuity.”

    She highlighted the creative industry’s significant contribution to Nigeria’s GDP, citing the sector’s impressive figures from 2023.

    “The creative industry, particularly motion picture and music recording, accounted for roughly N154 billion (approximately 197.6 million U.S. dollars) of Nigeria’s GDP in 2023.

    “This figure demonstrates the sector’s vital role in Nigeria’s overall economic landscape,” she said.

    According to Akerele, Nigeria’s cultural wealth is a testament to the resilience, creativity, and ingenuity of its people.

    “We must recognise and celebrate our differences, rather than allowing them to divide us,” she said.

    She emphasised the importance of promoting intercultural dialogue, celebrating Nigeria’s cultural heritage, and exploring ways to harness diversity for economic growth.

    Renowned Playwright and Theatre Director, Ben Tomoloju, highlighted the importance of multiculturalism in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation in Nigeria.

    The playwright defined multiculturalism as “the state of a society or the world in which there exists numerous distinct ethnic and cultural groups seen to be politically relevant.”

    Tomoloju urged stakeholders in the cultural industry to explore the potential of Nigeria’s diverse cultural heritage and optimise its commercial benefits.

    “I encourage the community of culture producers to take stock of extant manifestations of the Nigerian cultural industry and assess their potential use-value.”

    According to him, the democratisation of culture is essential for widening the space for participation of the people in organised cultural life.

    Tomoloju emphasised Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage, with over 370 ethnic groups, each with its own language and cultural peculiarities.

    He acknowledged organisers of the event for their efforts in promoting Nigerian culture.

    He also recognised the National Theatre as a legacy of Nigeria’s most ambitious and globally celebrated cultural event-FESTAC 77.

    Akonitv reports that the event featured a vibrant celebration of Nigerian culture, with performances, exhibitions, and discussions showcasing the country’s rich cultural heritage.

    Guests included dignitaries, cultural icons, and stakeholders from the creative industry.

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    Lagos gears up for Yoruba Week celebration

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    Lagos gears up for Yoruba Week celebration

    The Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Art, and Culture is concluding plans to unveil the grand Yoruba Week celebration, slated for September 2024.

    A statement on Tuesday noted that the event will showcase the cultural heritage of the Yoruba people through traditional music, dance, art exhibitions, and delectable culinary delights.

    “With Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu now the esteemed Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, this year’s Yoruba Week is destined to be a majestic celebration of unity and culture,” the statement said.

    “The Special Adviser on Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Idris Aregbe, will embark on a series of courtesy visits to various stakeholders, Yoruba leaders, grassroots communities, and the younger generation, aiming to foster widespread participation and engagement in this cultural festivity. This will be the biggest cultural event in the Yoruba calendar in years to come,” it added.

    The programme is with the theme, “Embracing the Yoruba Heritage, Unity, and Pride by Preserving Our Past and Inspiring Our Future.”

    In late April, the state government announced plans to dedicate the last week of September every year as “Yoruba Week” to celebrate the Yoruba culture.

    According to a press statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Eromosele Ebhomele, the move is to preserve and promote the rich Yoruba cultural heritage.

    The decision was conveyed to the Lagos State House of Assembly through a letter from the executive arm, following a resolution passed by the lawmakers on September 19, 2023, calling for the activation of Yoruba cultural heritage and the assignment of a special day as Yoruba Day.

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