Okota Festival 2023: Gani Adams Seeks cultural Rebirth across south west ...Urges youths to embrace farming - DE-REPORTORIAL


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Sunday, July 23, 2023

Okota Festival 2023: Gani Adams Seeks cultural Rebirth across south west ...Urges youths to embrace farming

Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams has urged the traditional rulers across the southwest west to embrace any initiative that could help in sustaining the culture and traditions of the race.

Adams made the appeal at the weekend during the celebration of the 2023 edition of Okota Festival in Arigidi Akoko town.

The Yoruba generalissimo stated that the traditional rulers are the custodian of culture and tradition, adding that it is the responsibility of the traditional rulers to seek cultural rebirth by recognizing the tradition of their respective communities.

"There is need for us to recognize and identify with the culture and traditions of each of the communities.

"For instance, failure to recognize our deities and ancestors in Akoko land had a negative effect on the socio-economic status of all the communities in Akoko land.

"It affects both the traditional institution and the people of the towns.

"That is why it is very important for us to continue to celebrate the festival as our own way of seeking peace,unity and cultural rebirth in Arigidi town.

"Apart from all these,there are alot we can gain from celebrating this festival here in Arigidi Akoko.Okota Festival enhances the commercial value of the town.It also bring about the best in terms of tourism and local development".

While urging the youths of the town to embrace farming as a better alternative,Aare Adams  said the town needs to go back to farming for food security and prospect.

"I want to appeal to all our youths in Arigidi  town to go back to farming.

In this time and age,farming has become a global business.

"Today,there are modern farming

equipment across the world that enhance farming business.

"In the past,my people in Arigidi town lived sufficiently because they embrace farming as the oldest job on earth.

"They can easily afford to get their food and farm produce like Yams, Cassava,and perishable items like tomatoes and the like at the back of their homes.

"In those days,there were food banks and local farm at the back of every home that supplies virtually everything we eat as food.

"But today,things have changed and we begin to suffer from food scarcity and austerity is biting hard.

"I am using this opportunity to tell all our youths to go back to farming in order to rid the town of criminal activities".

 Zaki of Arigidi Akoko and the royal host,Oba Yisa Abu Olanipekun expressed appreciation to the Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams for his consistent efforts in projecting the cultural identity of the town.

The monarch disclosed that Okota river goddess has a spiritual influence in the development of the town,adding that the Oodua People's Congress (OPC) under the leadership of the Aare Gani Adams  has been playing key role in helping  to sustain the cultural fiesta.

The Olubaka of Oka Akoko land, Oba Yusuf Adebori urged indigenes of Arigidi Akoko to support the traditional institution in ensuring peace and unity in the town.

The Oka Akoko monarch added that festivals like Okota have both spiritual and economic advantages that could help in the development of the town.

"I urge all indigenes of the town to keep the hope alive by sustaining the cultural ethos of our forebears. 

"It will help in boosting both spiritual and economic advantages of the town",the Akure monarch said.

Oluboropa of Iboropa Akoko land, Oba Babatunde Olaleye said the OPC stand out as the rallying point for the Yoruba race.

OPC has done well for the Yoruba and the organization ramain the rally point of the Yoruba race.

Other royal fathers present at the event include the Owa of Ogbagi Akoko, Oba Adetona Victor (JP),the Owa-Ale of Ikare land,Oba Adeleke Adedoyin, the Oluyani of Iyani Akoko, Oba Daudu Joel Sunday,the Oluboropa of Iboropa Akoko land, Oba Babatunde Olaleye,the Olujumu of Ijumu Kingdom and Chairman Ijumu Traditional Council,Oba Ayeni Williams,the Alase of Ase Akoko, Oba Aderemi Ilesanmi Ogudan and the Eleriti of Eriti Akoko, Oba Amos Sunday Ogunleye among others.

Other prominent members present at the event include the Parakoyi Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land, Prof.Kolawole Raheem, Atoloye Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land,and General Secretary of the OPC, Barrister Babajide Tanimowo, the Bareejiro of Aareonakakanfo of Yoruba land,Chief Dauda Asikolaiye, Prince Muyiwa Olanipekun,the Arigidi Chiefs-in Council and the  National Executive Council (NEC) and National Coordinating Council (NCC) of the OPC were in attendance at the annual fiesta.

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