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Saturday, November 13, 2021

Ota, Awori People To Showcase Rich Cultural Heritage At Odun Omo Iganmode

••• Committee Seeks Support Of Socio-cultural Groups, NGOs To Enhance Success 

   •Olota of Ota, Oba Adeyemi  Obalanlege                      

The Daily Crucible | Published Sunday,  November 14, 2021

Social and cultural groups, as well as Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State have been enjoined to support  the forthcoming  2021 edition of Odun Omo Iganmode Afeleja to enhance a successful Celebration.

Chairman of the Central Planning Committee (CPC), Aare Dele Bankole, made the appeal while seeking the support of various groups at the palace of the Olota of Ota.

Aare Bankole  explained that the festival  would be used to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Ado-Odo/Ota and the Awori people in Ogun State. 

 "The State's Ministry of Culture and Tourism is already committed to making this year’s Odun Omo Iganmode an Ogun State affair. We must therefore form partnership with the state government to showcase the cultural  heritage of Ota-Awori Kingdom, which includes her foods, her dances, customs and others socio-cultural attitudes to the whole world.

"I must also appreciate our action Governor, His Excelllency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, for his deep seated interest for any thing Ogun West, particularly  his desire to open up the entire State as pot-pourri of sorts for anything that attracts interest in the Gateway state. Odun Omo Iganmode 2021 Festival will not be an exception and by the conclusion of the celebrationso in December 18th, the festival would have become a major tourist attraction in Ogun State and the entire Yoruba sub-nationality," Aare Bankole said. 

He noted that the moral and financial supports received so far from various groups and associations would go a long way to ensuring proper planning  and execution to the celebration. 

"Clubs are expected to donate into the central purse for smooth preparations. All donations made are being publicly announced and same will be published in the official publication of the festival and on our official websites. I’m sure no club or society would want to be left out.
Chairman Central Planning Committee, 2021 Odun Omo Iganmode Celebration, Aare Dele Bankole (8th left) in a group photograph with social and cultural groups in Ado-Odo/Ota, shortly after meeting with them to solicit their support towards the celebration.

Corroborating the Chairman, a former member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Nurudeen Aina,  implored the groups to cooperate with the committee, while the President, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide, Chief Abiodun Omoroga called for intensified efforts on publicity.

Aina also emphasized importance of  reaching out to families, Olori Igas, Baales  and other critical stakeholders to make the event a truly communal one.

The festival will commence on Monday, December 13 with Osugbo Prayer at the Palace, Medical Outreach and visit to Charity Homes.

It will also  feature Youth Summit, Cultural Day, Installation of Chiefs and Jumat Service while the Grand Finale comes up on Saturday 18th and Thanksgiving Service at Living Faith Tabernacle (Winners’ Chapel) on Sunday.

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