Ibadan, the capital city of Oyo State will on Friday, September 23, play host to eminent Yoruba personalities across various human endeavours to celebrate their culture the best way they are known for.
The august event, which is organized by the Yoruba Academy, is themed: Yoruba culture, yesterday, today and the future.
Speaking with Daily Sun at the Weekend, the Academy’s spokesman, Chief Olusegun Odegbami explained that, “September 23 was chosen for the occasion to coincide with the date a peace treaty to end all Yoruba inter-tribal (Kiriji) wars signed on September 23, 1886.”
According to him, the peace treaty supervised by the British Colonial leaders still subsists today, adding that, “the event is a non partisan one as we cannot speak with one voice within a single political prism and as such all Yoruba sons and daughters across board, irrespective of their political leanings, social status and religious affiliations are invited to the meeting.”
Odegbami, who was a former Super Eagles Captain further revealed that, “all Yoruba sons and daughters from various fields of human endeavours like Royal Fathers, Yoruba Governors, women groups of Yoruba origin, clerics, socio-cultural groups, self determination organizations, captains of industries, Yoruba people from the bar/bench as well as youth organizations are expected to grace the occasion.”
The occasion, Odegbami stated, “will be an avenue to showcase, celebrate and appreciate the Yoruba for our rich culture and our immense contributions to the growth, development and progress of Nigeria.”
According to him, “we can agree on a set goal that all of us in the Yoruba nation can pursue economically, socially, academically the best way we are known for irrespective of where we belong politically,” asserting that, “the outing is for celebration of our people and not lamentation on the turn of event in the country.”
The spokesman, who wondered why Yoruba governors have not deemed it fit to sit down for once since the beginning of this dispensation to discuss common Yoruba interest blamed the situation on political rivalry and quest for supremacy, saying “on that day, they will all come to be celebrated and there would be nothing negative about anybody or anything.”
Odegbami emphasized that, “we just want to look beyond the present climate in the country by looking at our past and our present. If we now realize our rich culture and our contributions in this country, we can use that to recreate our future for our interest.
“We can therefore address some specific issues that can influence others at the grassroots,” Odegbami added, stating that, “the youth are very important in the matter at hand.”
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