The Ogun State government, led by Prince Dapo Abiodun, has reaffirmed its commitment to the promotion and sustainability of cultural festivals in order to ensure their place of pride in international societies.
Dr. Oluwatoyin Taiwo, the State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, disclosed this in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, while answering questions from an OGIS journalist about the ongoing 2021 “Odun Omo Iganmode” festival in Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the State.
Taiwo stated that the current administration is working hard to guarantee that cultural values are passed down to the next generation, and that his ministry has been actively participating in many cultural festivals across the state.
“The Ministry of Culture and Tourism is always involved in all cultural festivals in the state, including the Odun Omo Iganmode.” “It is our statutory responsibility to promote our values and market our dear state’s image, culture, and tourism potentials to the international world,” Taiwo stated.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the 2021 Odun Omo Iganmode Central Planning Committee, Aare Ayodele Bankole, described the festival as one of the best in the State’s cultural calendar, particularly in Yorubaland, at a medical outreach held at the Palace of Olota of Ota, Oba (Prof.) Adeyemi Obalanlege, saying “it is a tourist event entrenched with rich cultural values in songs, dances, and masquerades, among others, and a great time awaits every visitor to Ota.”
Obalanlege revealed that the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, will be a Special Guest of Honour, while former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, will be the Father of the Day and the Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, will be the Chief Hostess at the grand finale, which will take place on Saturday, December 18, at Ansar-ud-deen Comprehensive College, Ota.
COVID-19 Vaccination, Youth Summit, Installation of Chiefs, Jumat, and Church thanksgiving services are among the other festival activities.