Ojude-Oba, an avenue to showcase the rich culture of Ijebu people -- Fassy Yusuf - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Monday, July 4, 2022

Ojude-Oba, an avenue to showcase the rich culture of Ijebu people -- Fassy Yusuf

...as Glo rewards loyal customers

By Adeola Olanrewaju

The annual Ojude-Oba festival, will on July 11, return to center stage after two years of its suspension, which was occasioned by the outbreak of Coronavirus that ravaged the world in 2020.

According to the Coordinator of the festival, Dr Fassy Yusuf, the annual celebration, which is to showcase the rich cultural heritage of the Ijebu people, has undoubtedly over the years impacted on the socio-economic development of Ijebu land.

He stated that the Ojude Oba festival is not only for merry making or display of exquisite fabrics, but also a veritable platform to reunite with family members, associates and rally support for self help projects that are geared towards developing Ijebu land.

He revealed that the people of Ijebu land could not wait to celebrate this year Ojude Oba festival which had for two years been suspended due to the hazards of Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr Fassy Yusuf also declared that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State is the special guest honour for this year festival. 

Gov Sanwo-Olu would be joining the league of former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Aliko Dangote among other eminent Nigerians that had once graced the cultural festival.

To add colour to the annual festival, the giant telecommunication provider, Globacom has announced a special package to support the uniqueness of the festival and make it another memorable experience of a lifetime.

The indigenous telecom company stated that as it is in its character to support and celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the people, Globacom is therefore running a special consumer promo to add colour to this year Ojude Oba festival which will enable its lucky subscribers to win 10 tricycles, television sets, grinding machine and lots more.

Mr Ikenna Aguwuom, Globacom Regional Manager, Ogun State, unveiled this special consumer promo, during the press conference held to announce the return of Ojude Oba at the palace of Awujale of Ijebu land, Oba Kayode Sikiru Adetona.

Aguwuom explained that to win any of these mouthwatering prizes, a new Glo subscriber will be required to activate a Glo sim and recharge with a minimum of N1500 while existing customers will need to recharge a minimum of N1000 before July 8 to qualify for the draws.

He disclosed further that those who miss this pre-event raffle window can simply spend N5000 or more at the festival ground on the Glo network to stand a chance of winning any of the prizes.

Aguwuom revealed further that during this annual festival billed for Monday, July 11, winners of the best dressed age-grade (regberegbe) in both male and female categories will go home with N500,000 while their runners-up will receive N300,000 and N200,000 respectively

He stated that for those who showed dexterity and unusual skills during the Balogun competition for horse-riding, the winner will go home with N300,000 while the first and second runners-up will go home with N200,000 and N100,000 respectively.

Aguwuom stated that the telecom giant will cap the fun of this year Ojude Oba festival with an evening of music fiesta where Fuji superstar, Akande Abass Obesere and Tope Makanaki will be thrilling the audience. 

This he said would be done alongside beauty pageant where one of the beautiful Ijebu-born ladies would be crowned Miss Ojude Oba 2022.

Aguwuom said that Globacom involvement in the annual festival is geared towards celebrating the unique tradition of Ijebu people and at the same time fostering the cause of tourism which the festival had promoted for more than 100 years. 

Rejoicing with the people of Ijebu land over the return of Ojude Oba festival, Ogun State Commissioner for Tourism, Dr Oluwatoyin Taiwo said that the present administration in the state would continue to support efforts at preserving and promoting the rich cultural heritage of the people of the state.

Dr Taiwo has however called for the adoption of Adire by the age grades (regberegbe) during this annual festival saying that it would help a lot to give international recognition to this indigenous fabric which has its origin in the state.

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