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Fayemi’s Aide, Wale Ojo Lanre Bags Singapore’s World Cultural Society’ Country’s Team Co-coordinator

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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.

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Breaking: Potsherd Pavement Discovered In Ekiti State

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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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History Made As Prof Ogundiran Exhibits Outcome Of 5 -Year Archeological Yoruba Work

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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’.

 

Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, making a point while being taken on a tour of the exhibition by Ogundiran

 

 

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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Eye Witness Account Of Prof. Ogundiran’s ‘A New History Of The Yoruba’ Reading Event.

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At the weekend, on Saturday, May 8th precisely, somewhere in the heart of Ikeja, Professor Akinwunmi Ogundiran, a world renowned archeologist of Ibadan descent, read from his 500 page seminal book, A NEW HISTORY OF THE YORUBA.

 

 

Prof. Ogundiran, who is The Chancellor’s Professor of African Studies, Anthropology and History at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, N-C., was led in the conversation by another renowned culture aficionado, and Publisher of the Culture Newspaper, the award winning author, editor, newspaper administrator Mr. Steve Ayorinde.

 

 

Mr. Ayorinde, a former Culture and Tourism, as well as of Information and Strategy Commissioner in Lagos, led the professor through four hours of sumptuous banquet of fascinating historical buffet, devoid of embellishment and sub ethnic grandstanding. Based exclusively on archeological research and carbon dating analysis.

 

 

It was a session in which members of the audience, including Literary Critic, Dr. Olayinka Oyegbile, AFRIMA President, Barrister Michael Dada, former Lagos finance Commissioner, Mr. Asade, former Lagos CPS Habib Aruna, and of course, yours truly, were forced to learn, unlearn and relearn the very core of our ethnic identity, jettisoning old myths and embracing new data based facts.

 

 

It was an afternoon well spent. I enjoyed myself thoroughly. Not only because intellectual Discourse on the Yoruba nation, past, present and future of this nature falls under my office as the Osi Aare, but I was in the presence of two great Ibadan sons, who are sitting pretty on top of their fields.

 

 

The prof has done his bit in situating our Yoruba heritage, and Steve has done his bit in exposing it to the elite few, it is now left to us to found a way to get it into all multimedia platforms to help propagate the facts.

 

 

It will not be easy, there will be resistance, especially from a section the Yoruba elite who are quick in degrading their own, while embracing other cultures, and others whose minds are set, and do not want to be confused with facts that came out of data based research.

 

 

I highly recommend this book to every culturally inclined Yoruba. It does not have all the answers, and therefore not the end of the conversation. But it is a start in the journey towards understanding our past to guide our present and project into our future.

 

By Faleye Oluwatosin

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