Ile’ya Omo Oodua: Festival to unite the Yorubas
In an effort to unite the entire Yoruba race across the globe; an annual festival, entitled ‘Ile’ya Omo Oodua’ has been scheduled to hold in August.
The maiden festival on how to unite the Yoruba race is billed to hold in Ile-Ife, Osun State.
According to the Chairman, the Promoter of Ile’ya Omo Oodua group, Adewale Williams, the decision to hold the festival in Ile-Ife was informed by the fact that “Ile-Ife is the home of the Yoruba race.
“The entire Oduduwa descendants make up the Yoruba race, one of the most visible races in the world with more than 50 million in Nigeria alone and more than 300 million in the diaspora.
“The need to have a platform to celebrate all the children of Oduduwa at home and in diaspora; preserve her language, culture and to hold her place in the large comity of leading cultures of the world gives birth to Ile’ya Omo Oodua festival” he said.
Speaking further, Williams who followed the contingent of Imeside, led by His Royal Majesty, Oba Enoch Ademola Akinyemi, Owa Ooye of Imesi to the palace of Oni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi to congratulate the Ooni of Ife and to discuss the one-week festival said, it will be laced with cultural exposures; different competitions, youth initiatives programmes and trade opportunities.
According to him, the festival will boost the tourism potentials of the ancient city; shed light on the various cultural heritages across the region, and generate revenue for the state.
“Interestingly, the descendants of Mother Ooye Lagbo, the first daughter of the progenitor, Oduduwa were in the midst of the discussion”.
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