The Olota of Ota, Prof. Adeyemi Obalanlege, has said that the forthcoming Iganmode Cultural Festival, in Ota,Ogun State, would attract Ota indigenes in Diaspora, traditional rulers from across Nigeria, culture promoters and tourists.
Obalanlege made the disclosure on Friday in Ota at a Press Conference for the public presentation of the 2019 Cultural Festival’s logo in his palace.
The theme of the festival scheduled to hold from Dec. 15 to Dec. 21, is “Culture, Technology and Development”.
The Monarch said that the new Iganmode Cultural Festival would be used in transforming the faces of Cultural Heritage in Ota, and promote peaceful co-existence with other communities.
“We need to continue to use our culture to promote peace in our communities.
“We can have a crime free and a orderly society through promoting our culture,” he said.
Obalanlege said that the festival was meant to examine the community’s cultural values as well as some of the fundamental things that had been lost to the western culture.
The Olota also added that the festival was aimed at promoting the Ota cultural heritage as well as fostering unity among the Yorubas.
He said that captains of industries would also be invited to the festival, adding that during the festival business and investment opportunities in Ota and other neighbouring communities would be exhibited.
Mr Aina Kazeem, Chairman of the Festival’s Central Planning Committee, said that the festival had been in existence for over 25 years.
Kazeem said that adequate security would be provided during the festival.
“We believe this festival will boost the tourism, economic and commercial activities of the people in Ota, Awori and the sponsors will also leverage on this for their economic prosperity,” he said.
Kazeem said that the proceeds of the festival would be given out as non-interest loans to the people and used for scholarship and bursary for indigent students.
He listed the festival’s programme to include Church service, seminar and lecture for Senior Secondary Schools and students of tertiary institutions with the theme “Importance of Technology for Cultural Development”.
Other programmes are playing of indigenous games like Ayo Olopon and ege, dancing, poetry competition and Art Exhibition as well as Road Show.