The much awaited First Iyameto Productions Annual Cultural Funfair tagged ‘’ Entrenching Cultural Heritage Trough Traditional Games, Arts and Entertainment’’ has taken place September 1st at DeRuna Hall, Toronto, Canada.
Among dignitaries that attended the event included the representative of Canada’s Prime Minister, Mr Justin Trudeau, Representative of the Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Hon. Adeyinka Asekun, Hon. Jim Karygiannis, who was physically present and Oba Dr Adekunle Asamu Oyeyemi, The Tewogbade 1, the Oloba of Oba Ile and his wife.
Also at the event was the representative of Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, The Olowu Kuta of Osun State; Hon. Dr Jean Augustine, The First black woman in Canadian Parliament and the representative of Chief Mrs Nike Okundaye, The Chairperson, Nike Art Gallery, Lagos who was the mother of the day and the representative of Chief Mrs Funmi Rotiba, The CEO of House of Imperial Culture, Ibadan, Chief Tope Ajanaku, CEO of Top Most Hotel and his wife, different groups, among others
The major sponsor of the event, Bajinotu Poka, The Number 1 herbal drinks in Nigeria, was on stand to entertain the guests. The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Seakam Global Resources , Mr Ayinla Kazeem Abiodun, represented by Alhaji Semiu Afolabi, who stated that partnering with Iyameto Production in Canada was a great experience as the product has been the favourite of many Nigerians in the country.
In his goodwill address to the event, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated: ‘’I am pleased to extend my warmest greetings to everyone attending the Annual Cultural Funfair, ‘’ Entrenching Cultural Heritage through Traditional Games & Entertainment’’.
The Prime Minister pointed out that the event ‘’ offers participants a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Nigeria’s rich cultural heritage, and to recognise the significant contributions Canadians of Nigerian descent have made, and continue to make, to our country in all fields of endeavour’’.
While congratulating Chief Funmi Olumade, Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada, Ambassador Adeyinka Asekun stated that Iyameto Productions has been doing a good job in the promotion of Yoruba rich cultural heritage in Canada; saying the achievements have been possible through hard work, dedication, faith and believing in oneself.
For Chief Funmi Olumade, ‘’Entrenching Cultural Heritage Through Traditional Games, Arts and Entertainment’’ is the debut of what is being planned as an annual event that has main vision and driving mission, to bring together African-Caribbeans, indigenous African Descents, friends of Nigeria, and diverse Canadian communities together to network, have fun and appreciate the beauty of the culture.’’
Chief Olumade, widely known across the Nigerian community in Canada, said despite the fact that organising cultural events could be an hearculean task, pointed out that dedication, enthusiasm and passion of the organising team made the event possible. Iyameto Productions is an entertainment and broadcast outfit specializing in event management and consultation, registered in Canada.
She stated further, the overarching purpose is to entrench the already established Canadian cultural diversity by exhuming, resuscitating and sustaining the rich historical traditions and African cultures with particular attention on Nigeria.
The Chairman of Scarborough Community Council, Hon. Jim Karygiannis also commends Chief Funmi Olumade for her steadfastness and dedication to promoting of Nigerian culture and within Toronto community.
Also part of the cultural funfair were exhibition of Aso Oke, cultural dances, presentation of Awards and trophies to the important personalities and the winners of Ayo Olopon competitions, Ludo and draft games.
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
Fayemi’s Aide, Wale Ojo Lanre Bags Singapore’s World Cultural Society’ Country’s Team Co-coordinator
The Federation of World Cultural and Arts Society, Singapore, FOWCAAS, has appointed Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti State as its Team Leader and Chief Coordinator in Nigeria.
The world cultural organization which has its chapters in 96 countries with headquarter in Singapore is saddled with the mission of strengthening and promoting global link with cultural, arts and tourism organizations, bodies, institutions; organize international cultural and artists exchange programmes, enhance global culture and arts for deepening of world peace and mutual global co-existence, showcase intercontinental diversity of arts and artistic activities for appreciation and understanding, promote , create confidence in Chinese culture and arts within the global concept and strengthening Singapore’s relations with cultural and artistic circles around the world
According to a letter of appointment signed by Grand Master Jason Tan, FOWCAAS President, Singapore ‘ FOWCASS has acknowledged and approved Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre, Ado Ekiti, Nigeria, as the Team Leader and Chief Co-coordinator to represent FOWCASS in the Nigeria Cultural Link in West – Africa “
According to the letter, the appointment is valid for two years from 01 March to 28 February 2023, subject to renewal upon approval from the FOWCASS Council “
The letter disclosed that Ojo – Lanre was appointed after “ We found Ambassador Ojo – Lanre, Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti – State, Nigeria a worthy and competent cultural- tourism minded fellow who can be our point of contact in Nigeria, after a thorough survey and profile auditing of some Nigerians who have been active and passionate in the promotion and branding of the cultural – tourism asset of Nigeria with the aim of fostering g global peace, engendering intercontinental mutual respect and understanding, and projection of unity of purpose in global cultural diversity “
The letter revealed that “ By this appointment, Ojo- Lanre is not only the focal point of FOWCAAS in Nigeria, West – Africa link but the Team leader and Chief Coordinator of the mission and objectives of FOWCAAS in Nigeria “
Ambassador Ojo – Lanre a graduate of History Education at Adeyemi College of Education has a Masters in Peace and Conflicts Studies, from the University of Ibadan, and a Law degree from Lead City University , Ibadan, is a seasoned journalist with a bias for culture and tourism at the Nigerian Tribune Ibadan, also bagged a Certificate in Green Growth and Travelism , from Hasselt University, Belgium is at present, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor of Ekiti – State on Tourism Development.
History Made As Prof Ogundiran Exhibits Outcome Of 5 -Year Archeological Yoruba Work
A Nigerian-American archaeologist and cultural historian, Professor Akinwunmi Ogundiran, yesterday, held a photographic exhibition of his five-year archeological work at the site of Oyo Ile (Old Oyo and Bara).
Oyo Ile was the headquarters of the old Oyo Empire and the centre of Yoruba civilisation, while Bara is the final resting place of several Alaafins. Ogundiran, whose research focuses on the Yoruba world of western Africa, Atlantic Africa, and the African Diaspora, is the author of a new book on Yoruba history, titled, ‘The Yoruba: A New History’.
The Professor of Africana Studies, Anthropology and History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA, has been leading the 10-year Old Oyo Archaeological Project in Bara, which began in 2017.
The exhibition, which was held in Oyo town, yesterday, attracted dignitaries from across the country. Some of those in attendance include, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Conservator General of the Federation, Ibrahim Goni and Chairman, Local Advisory Committee on Old Oyo National Park, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu (rtd). Alaafin, in his speech, promised his support for the archeological project and the authorities of Nigerian National Park Service in ensuring the preservation of Old Oyo and Bara heritage sites. Other highlights of the occasion included a tour of the photographic exhibition by dignitaries and presentation of the new book on Yoruba history to the Alaafin by the author.
During the tour of the exhibition, Ogundiran observed that Old Oyo, with a population of about 100,000, was one of the largest cities in the world.
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