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    When Edo gained strong stakeholder support for heritage policy

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    Diverse stakeholders from various sectors united at the Ogba Zoological Garden during the recent celebration of World Tourism Day (WTD) 2023, to participate in the stakeholder validation workshop for the Edo State Heritage Protection and Promotion Policy Draft.

    This event was attended by an array of stakeholders, representing a broad spectrum of interests, including traditional rulers and chiefs, scholars, artisans, entertainers and government officials, underscoring the policy’s wide-reaching implications.

    The participants engaged in meaningful discussions on the draft heritage policy, emphasising its importance and potential socioeconomic benefits in protecting heritage sites, monuments and traditions and helping them to become drivers of growth and employment.

    Highlighting the need for holistic involvement, Edo State Commissioner for Tourism, Arts, and Culture, Dr Uyi Oduwa-Malaka, noted that the government has assembled a strong and diverse team, spanning various sectors of the economy, to develop a comprehensive policy.

    She stated that the ministry is working in close collaboration with relevant stakeholders across the state to guarantee the long-term effectiveness of the policy.

    The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Iryn Omorogiuwa (Esq.), highlighted the historical significance of the policy, saying, “It is very important that we keep our history, our stories and not let people tell us otherwise.

    For the first time in history, we are going to have a document that focuses on us, our cultural and traditional heritage, our tangible and intangible assets.”

    The workshop shed light on the significance of preserving culture in Edo State. Using the Benin moats as a prime example of a heritage asset in dire need of intervention, Prince Patrick Oronsaye, an esteemed art historian, emphasised the critical necessity of the policy, stating;

    ‘‘The greatest damage we suffered here is the moat, 16,000km put together in a period of almost 500 years, 37 million metric tonnes of earth, was moved in the creation, 150,000 man hours resulted in the Benin city moat, it took us 30 years to destroy it. We are talking about protecting what is left, from palaces, to shrines, to grooves.”

    Stakeholders at the workshop also expressed their conviction that the Heritage policy will play a pivotal role in safeguarding Edo cultural assets both tangible and intangible, from further deterioration.

    Eno Louis, renowned Nigerian musician and the convener of the Benin Bronze Festival, advocated for a collaborative approach to sponsorship, stressing that the ministry should aim to create an enabling environment for businesses within the cultural and creative industries to thrive in the state.

    Another participant, Aiko Obobaifo of the Institute of Benin Studies, echoed the global significance of the policy, stating that “every black man in the world is waiting for Edo, for Benin to lead the way. “Our heritage is something they cannot replicate.”

    Other stakeholders, including Mrs Elizabeth Hannisdal from Visit Edo and Mr John O. Igbineweka from Igbesanmwan Guild Carvers, expressed their optimism for the comprehensive Heritage policy and its potential to enrich the lives of Edo people.

    The Edo State Heritage Protection and Promotion Policy represents an ambitious endeavour to preserve, protect and celebrate Edo State’s cultural heritage.

    The collaborative spirit of the workshop portends well for the policy’s successful implementation.

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    Celebrate Ileya Festival with Remi Aluko, Wale Thompson, Sir Shina Peters at Avalanche Club

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    Avalanche Club is set to become the epicentre of celebration this Ileya Festival with a lineup of electrifying performances by some of Nigeria’s most beloved musicians.

    The festivities kick off this Friday, June 14, with a performance by the renowned fuji musician King Aderemi Aluko. Known for his dynamic stage presence and captivating fuji beats, Aluko promises to deliver a show that attendees won’t soon forget.

     

    Also read: Egungun festival in Oyo: A Spectacular Fusion of Egungun Masquerade, Fuji Music and Amala Cuisine

     

    IGWE as his fans love to call him is having the official welcome dance after a successful tour of Canada. Lovers of his music are assured of new fusion of fast tempo beats laced with lyrics that narrates his experience while in Canada.

    On Sunday, June 16, the celebration continues with juju music sensation Witty Wale Thompson.

    Thompson, a maestro of the juju genre, will take the stage at 7pm, bringing his smooth rhythms and engaging melodies to the delighted crowd. His performance is set to be a highlight of the weekend, as fans gather to enjoy his timeless hits and new compositions.

    The Ileya Festival festivities at Avalanche Club don’t end there.

    The following Friday, June 21, legendary musician Sir Shina Peters will grace the stage.

    Known for pioneering the Afro-Juju genre, Sir Shina Peters has a reputation for his high-energy performances and musical prowess.

    His show is anticipated to draw a large crowd, eager to see the legend perform live.

    These performances are powered by Metro Media Hub, ensuring top-notch production quality for an unforgettable entertainment experience.

    For those looking to attend these exciting events, reservations can be made by contacting 09075545626.

    Avalanche Club, known for its cozy ambiance and excellent service, is located at 5, Bamako Street, Opposite Omole Phase I, Lagos State.

    The venue is perfect for an evening of music and celebration, offering a comfortable and welcoming environment for all attendees.

    This series of events at Avalanche Club is more than just a celebration of the Ileya Festival; it’s a showcase of Nigeria’s rich musical heritage.

    “The mission of Avalanche is to serve its patrons the best of music, entertainment and food to celebrate the Ileya festival. Ours is premium entertainment with intention to create memories in the mind of patrons,” remarked Hon. Kehinde Bankole, CEO Avalanche.

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    Oba Prof. Obalanlege, top Awori monarch, embarks cultural outreach tour to Europe

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    Oba Prof. Obalanlege, top Awori monarch, embarks cultural outreach tour to Europe

    His Majesty, Professor Adeyemi Obalanlege, Ph.D., MCIPR, MPRII, FHEA (Lanlege Ekun II, Arole Iganmode), the Olofin Apesin Olode, Olota of the Paramount and Ancient Ottaland, Awori Kingdom, is set to embark on his official tour of Europe.

    Also read: Kitigbe o: Honouring six years of Oba Adeyemi Obalanlege’s reign as Olota of Otta-Awori Kingdom

     

    This tour aims to reach out to his subjects and all children of the Otta Awori Kingdom residing outside the African continent.

    The itinerary for His Majesty’s tour is as follows:

    -23rd June: Departure from Lagos to Rome.

    -24th June: Arrival in Rome.

    Stay in Rome from 24th to 27th June (3-night hotel stay).

    -25th June: Event at the Nigerian Embassy in Rome, where the Olota will be hosted.

    -27th June: Departure from Rome to Vienna, Austria.

    Arrival in Vienna on the same day.

    -27th June: Visit to the Susan Wenger Foundation.
    Stay in Vienna from 27th to 30th June (3-night hotel stay).
    Other events in Vienna include participation in the Nigerian Cultural Carnival and a carnival party.

    -30th June: Departure from Vienna back to Lagos.

    This historic tour represents a significant cultural outreach effort by the Awori monarch, aiming to strengthen the bonds between the Awori Kingdom and its diaspora in Europe.

    The Olota’s visit to key cultural and diplomatic institutions is in consonant with the importance of maintaining and celebrating Nigerian heritage abroad.

    Professor Adeyemi Obalanlege’s tour will not only provide an opportunity for cultural exchange but also foster unity among the Awori people worldwide.

    The events planned in Rome and Vienna promise to showcase the rich traditions and vibrant culture of the Awori Kingdom, reaffirming its significance on the global stage.

    His Majesty, Professor Adeyemi Obalanlege, Ph.D., MCIPR, MPRII, FHEA (Lanlege Ekun II, Arole Iganmode), the Olofin Apesin Olode, Olota of the Paramount and Ancient Ottaland, Awori Kingdom

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    Minister of Tourism, Ade-John Inspects Ongoing Renovation at Obudu Resort

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    Minister of Tourism, Ade-John Inspects Ongoing Renovation at Obudu Resort

    The Minister for Tourism, Mrs. Lola Ade-John, recently visited the Obudu Mountain Resort to inspect ongoing renovation activities currently being carried out by the new concessionaire, CIBA Hospitality Limited.
    The concessionaire to the Obudu Mountain Resort (formerly Obudu Cattle Ranch) is already into a business relationship with Marriot International to redevelop and manage the facility.

    CIBA Construction Company Limited was last year picked as the most preferred concessionaires to re-design, redevelop and upscale the Resort.

    A statement yesterday, quoted Dami Adepoju of Marriot Hotels International, the progressive partnership with CIBA Hospitality Limited on the remodeling and management of the Obudu Mountain Resort, to have provided an alignment with leisure and business travelers’ behaviors.

    The visit by the minister to the Resort was to assess the current state of the resort in alignment with the national eco/community tourism roadmap of the current administration, and being driven by the Federal Ministry of Tourism.

    “This is to ensure that tourism sector delivers economic benefits, positive social change and profound goodwill to the country,” the statement added.

    While responding, the Group Managing Director of CIBA Construction Company limited, Mr. Josiah Samuel commended the Minister for Tourism for her great strides since assuming office.

    He assured the Minister and the Cross-River government that CIBA Hospitality Limited would work to revive and reposition the Obudu Mountain Resort, to stand out as one of the recognisable touch-points in tourism industry in Africa.

    “Glady, the ongoing construction of the Obudu International Passenger and Cargo Airport is a growth pole that will open socio-economic activities of Obudu axis. When completed, it will serve as an accessibility point for international travellers, as well as tourists who desire to meet nature and enjoy the serene environment and scenic views that the Obudu Mountain Resort offers.

    “Obudu International Passenger and Cargo Airport will provide critical connectivity that will be a significant engine of economic development and catalyst for growth and will be beneficial for communities in northern Cross River as well as industries in Ebonyi, Benue and Taraba States that are reliant on quick transportation, such as logistics, manufacturing, and e-commerce,” the statement added.

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