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Asa Festival to unite, expand culture, tourism in Ikorodu

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Ikorodu was agog with festivity last week, as indigenes and residents finetuned plans for this year’s Asa Festival. The event attracted the Ikorodu monarch, high chiefs and community leaders.

Asa is a traditional festival that promotes tourism and culture. It could not hold last year as a result of heated polity.

The event also featured launch of Asa Arokolo, a book on the festival, published by Ikorodu Division Rebirth Foundation as well as the festivals logo.

Speaking at the event, Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said: “We have revived this culture in the six divisions of Ikorodu and we hope it continues.

“Just like Eyo Festival is celebrated in Lagos Island, we want to be celebrating this in our area, yearly.”

Sanai added, “the focus is to ensure that we propagate and develop Asa culture in our town. We are also going outside Lagos State, up to Africa Diaspora to bring together all the people who have the same background. You will be seeing people from Remo, Ogun State, Dublin, Ireland and have also traced the Asa culture to Caribbean, and the culture means a lot of things to different people.”

Chief Olumayowa Johnson, who represented Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, traced the Asa culture to Ile-Ife and commended Ikorodu indigenes for reviving it.

Also speaking, the Ikorodu monarch, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, commended the Lagos lawmaker for spearheading the revival of the festival.

“We appreciate this and we are happy this is happening in our town. Henceforth, we will continue to celebrate this festival,” the Ayangburen of Ikorodu said.


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