Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday said the annual Olokun Festival was organised to promote the culture and heritage of the Yoruba race. Speaking yesterday at White House in Ikeja, Lagos, during the “Prayer to God programme”, as part of activities for the commencement of the two-week’s event, Adams expressed his appreciation to God for the grace to sustain the annual event for the past 10 years, adding that efforts are on to give the event a face-lift with global appeal.
He appreciated the efforts of all members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), especially, members of the Olokun festival planning committee, led by comrade Muyiwa Osinaike, for the zeal to carry on despite all the challenges. He noted that with the new development, the festival has remained the only one that has been celebrated consistently for the past one decade, stressing that this year’s event is packaged to suit the ideals of the organisation.
The OPC leader explained further that there is need to review the Nigerian constitution to advance the cause of continuity in growth and development. He said: “We need a constitution that allows longer tenure of service for public office holders as that is one of the impediments for continuity and growth; this is what you find in the constitution of the great countries of the world.
That is the spirit of continuity as it is pronounced by the leadership of the OPC. “For this year’s event, we are expecting no fewer than 50 prominent Obas from across the country and beyond, particularly from Republic of Benin. We are expecting notable guests from all walks of life and sectors.
“Therefore, we are here to hand over all our activities for this year event to God. And not only that, we want to tell the world about our various activities and change the wrong impression people have about OPC. “For those who don’t know, Olokun is a deity in charge of wealth, therefore, people should bInboxe enlightened on the need to promote our culture, tradition, identity, and traditional religion.
All these have affected us globally. I was in Germany recently, and I see the development in their cultural values. “As far as we are concerned, we don’t want to bastardise our tradition; we don’t want to lose our identity. That is the essence of this annual festival. At the same time, I am appealing to our traditional institution, to do everything that is possible to protect our culture and tradition.”
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