By Gabriel Olawale
OSOGBO—THE Aare Onakakanfo, Aare Gani Adams has promised to continue to use festivals to promote Yoruba cultural identities in Nigeria and across the globe.
This came as Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has lauded the leadership of Aare Adams Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, for its coordination and support for the annual Osun Osogbo Festival.
He said this at the Olokun Festival Foundation event at the Osun Osogbo festival held at Laaro Primary school, Asubiaro, Osogbo, said the enormous contribution of OPC to the success of the event is always felt on the economy of the state.
The chief promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation and National Coordinator of OPC, Aare Adams said the organization has never for once relented in the core value of the group.
Adams said: “These are the values that bind us together as a group. In our desires to promote Yoruba cultural identity, we have endured a lot of trying times and moments.”
The 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, however, stressed the need for the stakeholders to synergise and work on modalities to take tourism in Nigeria to the next level for economic development and financial gains for the people.
Commending the leadership of Adams, the governor, who was represented by his Media Adviser, Mr Semiu Okanlawon said that OPC is the most organized and reliable organization in Yorubaland and Nigeria at large.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the Osun State Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mrs Taiwo Oluga commended Aare Adams for his involvement in the annual event
Oluga used the opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the government to promote tourism, culture and also appeal to people to pay their tax regularly for the development of the states
The festival attracted local and foreign tourists, who visited the site.
They were thrilled with the electrifying performances of the Oodua band and Oodua Cultural band.
Other dignitaries at the events include President Ifa religion international, Professor Abiodun Agboola; Ambassador Yomi Fash, Akogun Gani Kayode Balogun, traditional rulers, National Executive Council, National Coordinating Council and State Coordinators of OPC and others.