Igbogbo’s rich Cultural heritage on display at festival
All roads recently led to Igbogbo, as gaily-dressed indigenes and guests gathered in its stadium to celebrate the grand finale of the 30th Igbogbo Day, with the theme: “A festival of new opportunities- land of Cool beauty.” The venue of the event was filled to capacity, as guests interacted, dined and wined, while being entertained with the rich cultural heritage of the town. The thrilling music of Alhaji Alabi Pasuma serenaded in the background.
The Igbogbo Day has continued to add glamour and glitz to the traditional and social cultural development of Igbogbo kingdom, as the event usually attracts many dignitaries from all walks of life.
Speaking at the event, Oba Abdul Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, acknowledged the growing recognition of self-help efforts by groups and individuals as essential tools for community development. He urged the people to give more priority to utilising part of their resources as contributions towards development.He said: “The day has come a long way. It was designed to foster our collective kinship and cultivate the great benefits it can throw back to the society.”
The monarch maintained that by the standard of contemporary world, citizens tap on their potential with a goal to develop themselves and their societies. And with focus and determination, the society and citizens become forces to reckon with.So, the people must look inward and exploit their talents to the maximum. There must be a determination to develop self in line with God-given abilities and support of all civil authorities,” he said.
The special guest of honour, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, represented by Mr. Rotimi Ogunlewe, the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, commended the people for sustaining the yearly event for over three decades.He reminded all that the aim of the colourful occasion was not only for celebration, but to also mobilise the people to fund and support new projects in order to complement the state government’s efforts. He also appreciated the roles of sons and daughters of Igbogbo, who have done well in the public and private sectors and abroad.
The governor promised to provide new facilities and upgrade existing ones to make the community investment-friendly, as well as improve the people’s standard of living. He charged them to continue to live in peace and harmony and support local and international governments’ policies and programmes.
The chairman Igbogbo/Bayeku local council development area, Comrade Olusesan Mayokun Daini, said: “The Igbogbo Day is 30 years today, a signal to the international community that we are the first to celebrate and promote the traditional artifacts from Ikorodu District to the whole world. Our progenitors, leaders and living legends from Igbogbo town played a key role in defending and bequeathing colourful culture and norms to our generation and the next generation yet unborn.
“But our generation owes past generation a duty to sustain and hand these values over from one generation to the other. We will neither let it fade away nor allow it to be eroded by any negative civilization.”
In attendance were the distinguished chairman of the day, Chief Adewunmi Ogunsanya (SAN), Baba Oba of Igbogbo Kingdom, Chairman of Multichoice Nig Ltd., Chief Special Guest of Honour, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Comrade Omoyele Sowore, special guest of honour, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, High Chief Owolabi Salis, Mr. Tunde Gbadamosi, Honourable Adebayo Oshinowo and Mr. Jim Agbaje. Others were Father of the Day, His Royal Majesty, Oba Kabri Adewale Shotobi, the Ayangbure of Ikorodu, Mother of the Day Alhaja Abisoye Risikat Oniru-yeye Apesin of Iru land and Taofeek Obafemi Kalejaiye, Executive Chairman Igbogbo Day Planning Committee.
The high point of the event was the final draw of raffle tickets, which produced many winners, who went home with lots of prizes. These included generators, plasma television, consolation prizes and a star prize of a bus. There were also monetary donations for the completion of the town hall.
Prior to the grand finale, there was a 10-day programmes, which included a jumat service, Igbogbo Day international carnival, welfare (education), artistes’ day, cultural day, local dialect food, cultural troupes and display, as well as a mini trade fair.
The people were also encouraged to undertake free eyes screening and surgery. There was a seminar on health, soccer final, youth empowerment and youth gala nite. The Miss Adeboruwa Beauty Pageant, Marathon and Igbogbo Day celebration and Christian thanksgiving services wrapped up the event.
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