The Grand Finale for the 2018 UNESCO Listed Osun Osogbo Festival has commenced with a stakeholders’ forum held at the Palace of the Ataoja of Osogboland in Osogbo on Wednesday 8th August, 2018.
Speaking during the Stakeholders’ forum organised to sensitize the general public on the activities and unveiling of sponsors for the 2018 Osun Osogbo Festival, Chief Festival Administrator and the Managing Director/CEO of Infogem Limited, Otunba Ayo Olumoko, used the forum to warn against unauthorised corporate organisations that go about leveraging on the potentials of the festival with ambush promotional and marketing activities during the 14-day fiesta.
He further stated that apart from letters written to some identified companies, the organizers would not hesitate to take legal actions in order to protect the interests of the accredited sponsors with exclusivity rights within their operating industries which Nigerian Breweries Plc(Goldberg Larger) Breweries Category, MTN Communications, GSM Category and Grand Oak Limited (Seaman’s Schnapps) White Spirit Category.
Olumoko also hinted that crowd control has been a recurrent issue year in year out during the Grand Finale of the 600 years old fiesta at the UNESCO Listed Osun Grove which will be addressed from this year, 2018 edition of the fiesta, as he announced the partnership of Sango Of Africa With Infogem Limited.
Prince Ayodeji, the highly reputed and multi-talented traditionalist popularly known as Sango of Africa, has decided to partner with Infogem Limited, the Festival Consultants for the Osun Osogbo Festival and hosts of other community culture festivals especially in the Southwest region of Nigeria on Crowd Control mechanism at the Grand Finale of the festival scheduled to hold on Friday August 17, 2018, at the UNESCO Listed Grove.
Sango of Africa will be engaging over 60 youths in the community who will be well kited in customised T-Shirts and Face Caps for easy identification from the teaming crowd. Part of key strategies is to create separate entrance and exit points at the Grove to be manned by the Crowd Control Marshals of Sango of Africa with the support of the men of the Nigerian Police for adequate security has it is being done yearly.
This initiative is aimed at ensuring free flow of human movement which will give both domestic and international tourists the confidence to participate and in turn promote the good image of domestic tourism in Nigeria and most especially Osogbo been the only Ecotourism Destination in the country.
While giving his blessings at the forum, His Royal Majesty, Oba Jimoh Oyetunji Olanipekun, Larooye II, The Ataoja of Osogboland equally appreciated the sponsors stating specifically that Nigerian Breweries Plc has been with the Osogbo people for 27years now while Grand Oak with their Seaman’s brand has been supporting for 29years and not leaving out the GSM giant MTN with over 10years partnership as well.
The Ataoja of Osogboland and Otunba Ayo Olumoko both used the opportunity to invite domestic and international tourists to be part of the 14days activities that will climax with the Grand Finale on Friday 17th August, 2018 at the UNESCO Listed Grove in Osogbo.
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