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African Drums Festival: Kwara Troupe Shines Again



The troupe of the Kwara State Council for Arts and Culture again shone like a stellar at the just concluded African Drum Festival 2019 in Abeokuta, capital of Ogun State.

After emerging winners of the 2018 edition, the Kwara State Troupe had entered the 2019 edition of the festival as defending champions.

At the end of the festival, which was witnessed by the State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr (Mrs) Amina Suduade Ahmed from the opening to the closing, the State troupe came second  behind Gombe State and ahead of Ondo State that clinched 3rd position.

By this feat, the Kwara Troupe clinched the cash prize of one million naira for the 2nd position.

The 2019 edition of the festival with the theme ‘Drumming the Future’ held at The Amphitheatre, City Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State, had the chief host, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and many dignitaries in attendance.

Competing troupes came from States in Nigeria and many African countries.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of the Kwara State Council for Arts and Culture, Comrade Bisi Oyewole has rated the performance of his troupe at the just concluded Africa Drum Festival in Abeokuta, Ogun state as deserving of a gold medal.

Speaking with this reporter in a telephone interview yesterday, Comrade Oyewole commended members of his troupe for a job well done stressing that, “their performance was top notch. They gave it their best as the defending champions and I believe coming second was as a result of a technical glitch.

“The performance of the Kwara Troupe deserved a gold medal and I believe that was why even the state announced as winner didn’t celebrate. The gold eluded us this year but I can assure you that with support from relevant stakeholders we will bounce back in next year’s competition, God willing.”

Speaking further, Comrade Oyewole disclosed that the hard work and dedication of his troupe was boosted with the presence of the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr (Mrs) Amina Suduade Ahmed.

In his words, “immediately after we won the last year edition we went back to work, we didn’t let the victory enter our heads. We have since been practicing but I believe what motivated us further was the presence of the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr (Mrs) Amina Suduade Ahmed who witnessed the program from beginning to end. Her presence was a good moral booster for the Troupe”

By Rowland ‘Shuwa

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THE Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba (Dr.) Sikiru Kayode Adetona, has approved the cancellation of the 2021 edition of the Annual Ojude Oba Festival of Ijebu Ode.


In a Press statement issued by the Coordinator of the Festival and Baagbimo of Ijebu, Chief (Dr.) Fassy Yusuf, the cancellation was attributed to the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, its likely upsurge with the Delta variant and the negligible number of people that had taken the anti-COVID 19 vaccine.


Rather than expose peoples who will converge on Ijebu Ode from all over the world to participate in the ancient and unique socio-cultural and religious festival of the Ijebu nation, with its parade of traditional age groups and the spectacular durbar with unsurpassable equestrian display, to avoidable and preventable health hazards, the monarch directed that the 2021 edition be cancelled.


This is the second time in its known history of more than one Century that the festival that unites Muslims, Christians, and adherents of other faiths will be cancelled. The Ojude Oba Festival is normally held two days after the Eid-el Kabir (Ileya).


In his message to the Ijebu nation on the occasion of the 2021 Eid-el Kabir (10th of Dhul-Hijja 1442 AH), the monarch thanked his subjects for the peace, progress, and tranquillity pervading Ijebuland. He prayed for additional economic and social prosperity within Ijebuland and charged his people to remain resolute and be optimistic that sooner than later, Ijebu State would become a reality.


Oba Adetona further charged his people and visitors to Ijebuland during and after the festival to ensure they wear their nose masks, wash their hands regularly with soap, keep social and physical distances at public places, get vaccinated against the pandemic, and adhere to other medical protocols as directed by the federal, state, and local government authorities.


The Awujale thanked all the sponsors of the festival for the mutually beneficial partnerships that have ensured the unparalleled success of the annual festival in the past, while also hoping that the 2022 edition would be a reality.


He further thanked his subjects for their unflinching love, affection, loyalty, and solidarity in his sixty-one years on the throne as Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland.


Chief Yusuf disclosed that whilst the monarch regrets that COVID-19 would not allow him to host his usual guests and visitors, he assures all that he is in high spirit and will be celebrating the Eid-el Kabir with his family and very few others as dictated by medical protocols. Oba Adetona prayed for the return of peace and prosperity to all troubled areas of our great and beloved country, Nigeria.


Baagbimo of Ijebu and Coordinator, OJUDE OBA FESTIVAL
Mobile: 08033154488, 08056158530, 08096158530

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Olorile Of Orile-Ifo Set For 5th Coronation Anniversary




The Olorile of Orile-Ifo, HRM, Oba Adewale Ogunjobi is set to celebrate the 5th anniversary as King of Orile-Ifo kingdom.



According to feelers from Ifo, the event will be a week long in August.


Starting from Monday August 23 to Saturday August 28. Events have been lined up for the celebration which includes: Installation of new palace chiefs, Sunday service at St. John Anglican Church, Orile Ifo as well as the Jumat prayer at the Nee Orile Ifo central mosque.



Fuji stars Wasiu Alabi Pasuma and Sefiu Alao Adekunle will round off the celebration with entertainment on the grand final.



HRM, Oba Abdul Semiu Adewale Ogunjobi Arolagbade the First was installed in 2016 after the demise of the first Olorile of Orile-Ifo late Oba Samuel Oludademu Tinuosho.


His reign has brought in unprecedented development to the town.



In another development, ahead of the 5th coronation anniversary, the Akinwande family from Itun Alarere compound of Orile-Ifo
has donated a Royal White Horse to the King.


The White Horse representing wealth and royalty was presented to the King on Sunday, 20th of June, 2021.

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Breaking: Potsherd Pavement Discovered In Ekiti State




An archaeological and touristic feature, a long potsherd pavement has been unearthed at the palace of Onimesi of Imesi Ekiti, Gboyin Local Government of Ekiti State.


The Onimesi, Oba Adetunji Olatunde who exposed this historical and transgenerational heritage asset during the visit of the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti State on Tourism Development, Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre to his palace today said that the potsherd pavement has a trail not only in the place but in other part of town


Ambassador Ojo- Lanre who said he was in Imesi Ekiti in furtherance of the assignment on profiling historical and cultural heritage of tourism significance in Ekiti State was elated when Oba Olatunde conducted him round the palace and unveiled the potsherd pavement which he said dated back to hundreds of years.



Ojo – Lanre said those potsherd pavements are evidence of age long civilization associated with the ancestral towns of historical significance adding that with the assistant of archaeologist there could be more revelation on the Imesi potsherd pavements



Oba Olatunde disclosed that “Imesi town is an ancient town of rich and glorious past. An old kingdom that has given birth to many towns in Yoruba land. Apart from this potsherd pavement, Imesi also harbours many heritage and touristic assets like Iseku stream which has been found to be of medicinal value and the traditional healing water of great potent and a cave which harboured our forefathers during the war “



He revealed that “I am a product of a rich cultural pedigree. I understand the value which the enhancement of tradition, arts, culture and tourism could bring to a town.


That is the main reason we are branding Imesi as a cultural- tourism town of immense proportion. You see that our Imesi Museum of Royal Antiquities which is the first in the state is 95 per cent completed and will be inaugurated during the First Year coronation ceremony slated for June 12 – 17. And within the time.


Imesi will host the first Royal Arts exhibition in Ekiti State

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