Aare Ona Kakanfo attributes calamities in Yorubaland to ignorance of culture
The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, has said that the calamities befalling Yorubaland today was as a result of ignorance of the richness, value and power in the cultural heritage.
Adams, who spoke, yesterday, at the second edition of Odo Erelu Festival held at Meiran, Lagos State, said never in the history of South-West have the Yoruba people suffered untold hardship like famine, economic downturn, insecurity, regression, molestation of females and others like in recent times.
He said: “The evils that befall us in Yorubaland today came as a result of our ignorance and failure to celebrate our ancestors. It became our lots because we have abandoned our culture, tradition and heritage.”
He also lamented that even the Yoruba language, which remains a potent tool to project their culture and in which the ethos of Omolubi that differentiate Yoruba from other ethnic groups, suffers the most. He said: “In history, the Yoruba are the most unassuming race. We are very successful with records of our best and most outstanding products in science, arts, politics, economy and literature across the world but the story is different today.”
The Aare Ona Kakanfo emphasised that the point still remains that Yoruba should go back to their roots, saying: “No evil can befall us if we appreciate and celebrate these rivers. So, I am using this opportunity to appeal to our traditional rulers to use festivals to promote cultural heritage.”
He, therefore, urged Yoruba people to understand that tradition and culture are totally different from religion.
He noted that the ability to sustain the festival and make it viable for global appeal and recognition lies in the hands of everybody.