THE ROCK EGBA LOVE TO CELEBRATE: OLUMO ROCK

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It was a blend of customs and culture just as a grandstand of the rich legacy of the Egba country, when the Olumo Festival, was commended as of late. The Olumo Rock Groove, Ikija in Abeokuta, Ogun State, venue of the occasion was filled to the overflow by aficionados of culture and tradition.

Drumming, singing and dancing rent the air, while reciting of various Yoruba old stories were rendered to the pleasure of the group. An entourage of conventional rulers in Egbaland drove by the Alake, Oba Michael Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, dressed dazzlingly to praise the memorable Olumo Rock, which protected the Egba from the rampaging warriors of Dahomey.

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The occasion was additionally to recollect the adventures and courage of Lisabi, who freed the Egba individuals from the shackles of persecution of the delegates of the Alaafin of Oyo.

Also in attendance was the Generalisimo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams. The Aare Ona Kakanfo, who is the Chief Promoter of Olokun Festival, also co-facilitated the Olumo Festival. Apart from the monarchs, chiefs and village heads in Egbaland converged on Olumo to add colour to the festival.

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Ancient Yoruba drum, Gbedu, reverberated at the groove as devotees of Ogun, Osun, Orunmila, Olomolu, Erinle and Igunuko masquerade, took turns to dance and pay homage to the Alake. The Aare Ona Kakanfo said the event was to celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Egba people. He eulogised Lisabi for his bravery and exploits in bringing Abeokuta to the limelight.

He urged the state government to build a befitting edifice at the Lisabi Groove inside the forest where the great warrior disappeared into the ground: “Government should ensure that the road leading to the groove is rehabilitated to make it possible for people to access the tourism facility.”

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While noting that all the tourist sites in Ogun should be properly developed to drive tourism in the state, Adams, called on Governor Dapo Abiodun to adopt the template of former governor Gbenga Daniel, who reinvented the Olumo Rock, thus, making the site one of the attractive tourist sites in Nigeria:

“Our culture and traditions remain the bedrock of our existence as a people. We must harness new ideas to make sure that Yoruba with a population of over 250 million across the world regains its lost glory. It is indeed important for us to strategize and strengthen our beliefs in traditional institutions.

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“We remember with a great sense of history that Olumo Rock was once an abode for safety and security for the Egba people. We remember that the people of the past usually took refuge inside the rock, most especially, during wars. Happily today, we are not fighting any war; but we must make sure we do everything that is possible, to preserve the past heritage of our forefathers. That is the reason for celebrating this festival today.”

Adams hammered on the need by the South-West governors to ensure integration of the region, especially in the power and transportation sectors. He noted that the success recorded so far with Amotekun project has vindicated the Yoruba that there is power in unity;

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“If there is an effective regional integration in the power sector, the problem we are facing now in the country with the power generation will be a thing of the past. It is said that the privatisation of the power sector had rather than becoming a blessing has turned out to be a curse. We all know how much we pay as bills on a monthly basis. The bill is always on the high side.

“We also need regional integration in the transportation sector across the southwest. Building the rail transportation system will enhance trade across the region. And with a stable rail transport system, the region will definitely become the business hub for foreign investors.

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“Whatever we can do to build our rail system across the South West will always be in the overall interest of the entire region. This is the way to go. The South West has what it takes to make this a reality. They can only complement the effort of the Federal Government to initiate a policy direction that will make our region the most efficient in Nigeria.

“I am ready to support this initiative as I have done with the Amotekun project. Our monarchs in the South West are also ready to support any idea that can bring development and growth to the region. This is what we need now.”

The Alake stated: “I acknowledge Aare for guaranteeing harmony. At the point when I got the data about Aare’s exertion on Amotekun, I was diminished in light of the fact that the OPC under his initiative had spared the country from those that associated with the illicit demonstration of bunkering while at the same time ensuring the pipelines.

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“He is constantly noticeable at occasions that have to do with the advancement of Yoruba social character and legacy. Whoever neglects to advance their way of life resembles a creature, consequently, we should join Aare Gani Adams, in his push to continue the social legacy of our progenitors.”

The visitor speaker, Nurudeen Sodipe, talked about the demonstration of supporting the Yoruba culture and legacy. He clarified that the Yoruba culture is truly outstanding on the planet, focusing on that the best thought is to elevate everything that has to do with the way of life and convention.

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Queenta N. Duru Irukahttp://www.evergreennewsonline.com
A certified Senior Reporter/Advert Executive Evergreennewoline, Creative Writer/Graphic Designer/Political Analysts/ Entrepreneur & Fashionista

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