Yoruba land’s Aare Ona Kakanfo, Iba Gani Adams, projected on Monday that this year’s edition of the Olokun Festival has the potential to boost the economy of Lagos State and also improve Badagry’s ecotourism, the host community.
Iba Adams, who is also the chief promoter of the Olokun Festival Foundation (OFF), gave the hint during a speech during a briefing to unveil the programs for this year’s edition scheduled for Badagry , even as he declared that the peace and quiet enjoyed in the ancient city and its surroundings was the result of the spiritual support of the deity Olokun.
The Yoruba Generalissimo described the week-long festival as unique, saying it would open up the historic city’s tourist space as around 100,000 people, including tourists and traditional leaders, were to honor the grand finale, even s ‘he assured that OFF was ready to strengthen security and ensure a favorable atmosphere for visitors from all parts of the world.
âThis year’s festival is unique because it will open up the tourist area of ââthe historic city. About 100,000 people, including tourists and traditional leaders, will honor the grand finale, and you know what that means in terms of business opportunities.
“We are ready to strengthen security and the atmosphere will be conducive to visitors from all parts of the world,” he said.
“These will be weeklong activities, and among the activities planned for this edition of the Olokun Festival are” Prayer to Almighty God, a quiz competition for some primary schools in the state, exhibitions of art and a beauty contest “.
âOther programs include Beach Soccer, Festival float, Boat Regatta and Olosa Gala, with the grand final taking place on Wednesday October 27,â he said.
Iba Adams, while maintaining that the deity Olokun had a special blessing for Lagos State, also reiterated the need to use festivals as tools to project the culture and tradition of the Yoruba race, insisting that the grand finale was mainly a reflection of the sanctity of the deity Olokun.
âThis year, we want to showcase the spiritual prowess of the Olokun by presenting the Arugba Aje Olokun as the spiritual symbol of the grand finale. Olokun Festival Foundation (OFF) would fully explore the beauty of the grand finale.
“In fact, the Arugba Aje Olokun is not an ordinary creation of human thought, it is the original symbol of the Olokun spirit which highlights the peace and tranquility that Badagry and its surroundings have enjoyed until now. ‘to this day, “said Iba Adams.
The chairman of the Olokun festival planning committee, Ambassador Muyiwa Osinaike, said in his own remarks that there was a window of opportunity for traders to do their business while visitors would also know more about it. Badagry ancestry, culture as well as tradition of the people, adding that the event was primarily aimed at exploring the potentials of nature and reviving the tradition of the inhabitants of the ancient city.
âA window of opportunity will be offered to traders to do their business and visitors will also learn more about the Badagry ancestry, culture as well as tradition of the people.
“The main purpose of the event is to explore the potentials of nature and to revive the tradition of the inhabitants of the ancient city, and I think that with the program going as planned, we will make the most of our time. “said Osinaike. .
Osinaike expressed his gratitude to the chief promoter of the Olokun Festival Foundation (OFF), Iba Adams, for the support so far, recalling that it had been two decades of cultural transformation, with a wonderful experience as chairman of the committee.
âIt has been two decades of cultural transformation. It is indeed a wonderful experience to be the chair of the Olokun festival committee.
âIt involves a lot of sacrifice and commitment because for a non-governmental and non-profit organization to have supported this kind of cultural project for 20 years without any support from the state or the federal government is great.
âTherefore, we have to congratulate all members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and all members of the planning committee for going this far and showcasing the best of Yoruba culture and tradition. “, did he declare.
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