Five months after the passing of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the annual Oranyan festival in the ancient city of Oyo is set to begin.
The week-long annual festival of 2022, which was inaugurated in 2012 by the late monarch, was declared open at a press conference on Monday September 12 by the coordinator, Archbishop Prince Ayo Ladigbolu (rtd ).
Highlighting the achievements of the late monarch, Ladigbolu noted that the 10th anniversary of the Oranyan festival, themed “The Lasting Legacy of Alaafin Adeyemi III: A Decade of Cultural Awakening”, is dedicated to legacy and the memory of Oba Adeyemi.
He said: “Our 10th anniversary of the Oranyan festival is therefore rightly devoted to celebrations and deliberations of the enduring legacy of the first scholar Alaafin of Oyo, who also marked the first in many other areas of the life.”
Addressing reporters at the palace, Bishop Ladigbolu highlighted the activities planned for the celebration of this year’s festival.
Following Monday’s press conference, a symposium which will delve into the details of the late monarch’s legacy is to be held on Tuesday, September 13 at the main hall of Atiba University, where traditional leaders, scholars and well-meaning Nigerians should be present. presence.
He also hinted that free medical outreach will be held on Thursday, September 15 for 3,000 to 5,000 people from the Oyo community and cultural activities on Friday and Saturday.
Ladigbolu, however, expressed his gratitude to the people, groups and associations who have supported the festival since its inception. He described the relationship as one that aims to promote the excellent culture and thriving economy of the Yoruba.
The retired cleric added that some people have been singled out for well-deserved awards.
“As part of our 10th anniversary celebrations, we plan to honor ten individuals, organizations and communities combined as SUPPORTING PILLARS OF THE ORANYAN FESTIVAL. Kolawole Aderoju (aka Akuko Alaafin).
“Others are Alhaji Razaq Ewedje from Benin Republic, Engineer Idris Adeoye (a prominent Oyo patriot and philanthropist), Alhaja Aduke Latifatou, Founder, “Awa Omo KaaroOojire”, Egbe Gbobaniyi from Pobe Kingdom.
“The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland Iba Gani Abiodun Adams and former Governor of Oyo State Dr Omololu Olunloyo and the Ewe community of Lagos State in Nigeria are also among the staunch supporters of the Oranyan festival to honor.
“The highest cultural heritage medal created by the Alaafin will be awarded to a distinguished couple whose humanitarian and diplomatic services have greatly benefited Yorubaland and Nigeria. Professor Bode and Dr Erelu Anu Esuola will receive the ORANYAN MEDAL OF HONOR during of the grand finale of the festival on Saturday,” he said.
Expected at the festival are descendants of the Yoruba race across Nigeria, Benin Republic and others in the diaspora.
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