Osun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Bankole Ojo has emphasized the need for all and sundry to work together to rescue Yoruba culture and tradition from going into extinction.
The political head of the Ministry gave the admonition at the year 2023 Cultural day celebration organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, as part of the activities lined up to mark this year’s Osun Osogbo Festival held at the Sacred Grove, Osogbo.
Ojo decried the nonchalant attitude of many Yorubas to their culture and language which, according to him, is having negative impact, stressing that it will be a great loss if the culture should go into extinction.
In their separate goodwill message, former Executive Secretary, Council in the Council For Arts and Culture, Mr Oyetunde Oyesiji and Mr Alhaji Monrufu Olayiwola encouraged the Yorubas to always cherish their culture, describing Yoruba language as one of the greatest gift possessed in the land. They urged the Yorubas, especially the elites to always communicate with the young ones in undiluted native language, stressing that it will assist them in their studies.
The duo stressed that Yoruba tradition and culture such as dressing, communication, greetings, eating of local delicacies, behavior, among others, need to be resuscitated and practiced like our fore-fathers did.
The programme was attended by the management team of Osun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Curators, Traditionalists, Cultural dancers, traditional wresters and many other cultural promoters, to mention but a few.
The programme which was kick-started with town storming, at which the management and staff of the Ministry danced round Osogbo town to celebrate Osun Osogbo Festival,was concluded with prize awards to winners of various Cultural competitions.
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