COVID-19 makes celebration of this year Olojo festival low key…Oyetola to establish Yoruba Museums in Ife

The celebration of this year edition of the grand finale of annual Olojo Festival on Saturday was low key.

The COVID-19 pandemic affecting all nations of the world was largely responsible for inability of many tourists, especially foreigners to participate in the festival.

However, the Osun State governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, who attended the event, disclosed his plans to establish a world class Yoruba Museums And Heritage Centre in Ife.

Reading his address, the governor said the museum would provide an opportunity to showcase the unique culture and tradition of the Yoruba race.

According to him: “To further show our commitment to the preservation and promotion of our roots, ile-Ife, the State Government has decided to establish a unique and World Class edifice – the Yoruba Museums And Heritage Centre – to showcase our unique culture, tradition, heritage and experiences to the globe and create a huge market for the state.

“So, I commend the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, for your efforts to further promote the Olojo Festival and enhance its tourist and commercial values. There are abundant opportunities in the preservation and promotion of our heritage and tourism.

Dignitaries in attendance, include Erelu Abiola Dosumu, the member of the House of Representatives for Ife Federal Constituency, Hon. Taofeek Ajilesoro, former House of Representative member, Rotimi Makinde, royal fathers from Nigeria and Benin Republic, traditionalists, students and culture promoters, among others.

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