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At Olokun Festival, Lagos highlights importance of cultural heritage

By Gloria Nwafor 
19 August 2023   |   3:05 am
The Lagos State Government has underscored the importance of appropriate authorities in promoting the Yoruba cultural heritage. The state, through the Ministry of Tourism, said this ahead of the oncoming 2023 Olokun festival scheduled to hold on August 26 in Lagos, with the theme, ‘Entertainment is Culture’.
Olokun Festival

Olokun Festival

The Lagos State Government has underscored the importance of appropriate authorities in promoting the Yoruba cultural heritage.

The state, through the Ministry of Tourism, said this ahead of the oncoming 2023 Olokun festival scheduled to hold on August 26 in Lagos, with the theme, ‘Entertainment is Culture’.

Speaking with the media in Lagos recently, Chief host and convener for the Olokun Festival, Amb. Lara Fashola, emphasised that the festival would showcase how entertainment, in all its forms, plays a pivotal role in preserving and propagating cultural heritage. She said: “We aim to demonstrate how the elements of arts, music, dance, and storytelling with our rich Yoruba heritage, have been integral in passing down our traditions through generations. By embracing the joy and creativity of entertainment, we strengthen our collective identity and keep our culture alive.”

Fashola however noted that the festival, which will be an extraordinary celebration, would envision an expansion of the frontiers of Yoruba cultural heritage. “This year’s edition seeks to promote and boost the richness of our people’s culture grandly and remarkably. Our goal is to create an unforgettable celebration that will leave a lasting impact on the hearts and minds of everyone present.”

The festival’s guest list, she added includes the Royal Father of the day, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, other cultural icons, traditional rulers, international tourists, and stakeholders from various industries, both private and public sectors. “It will serve as a melting pot for cultural exchange, fostering a deeper appreciation for Nigeria’s heritage and inspiring collaboration between diverse communities,” she said.

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