Ota Gears For Biggest Cultural Festival In Awori Land, Call For Government’s Involvement

Ota Gears For Biggest Cultural Festival In Awori Land, Call For Government’s Involvement

By: Promise Alabi

Ota, the state’s commercial hub, is set to hold the ‘biggest Cultural Festival in Ogun West and the entire Awori land.

The annual event, which is the 26th of its kind, got re-branded since the emergence of HRM Oba Prof. Adeyemi Abdulkabir Obalanlege, the 21st Olota of Ota and this year’s event, would be the 3rd since Oba Adeyemi came on board as the Olota of Ota 4 years ago.

While speaking with newsmen during a press convergence at Oba Isiyemi hall, Olota of Ota palace in Ota on Wednesday, the Chairman of 2021 Iganmode Cultural Festival, Aare Dele Bankole, said, this year’s event, tagged, ‘Culture, A Module for Sustainable Leadership’, is poised at addressing and identifying the synergy between cultural heritage, its influence to drive communal and personal efforts at building a sustainable leadership in Ota and Awori land as a whole.

Aare Dele Bankole

He added that the Cultural Festival is a ‘historic and annual event in Awori kingdom that is dedicated to celebrating her hero ‘’Iganmode’’ and promoting the exquisite culture and tradition of the Aworis’.

Aare Bankole narrated the week-long activities to hold as listed;

Day 1: Monday 13th December, 2021:

The Osugbo Prayer session at the Olota of Ota Palace.

Free Medical Outreach program to cater for the aged and the less privileged members of the community.

Visitation to Ijamido Motherless Babies Home.

 Day 2 Tuesday, 14th December, 2021

Youth Day: Lecture with topic; ‘Culture as a Module for Sustainable Leadership in Nigeria’ and Street Carnival.

Day 3: Wednesday 15th December, 2021

Cultural Day at the Olota’s Palace Open Ground by 3:00pm.

Day 4: Thursday 16th December, 2021

Installation of new chiefs at the Olota Palace by 10:00am.

Day 5: Friday 17th December, 2021.

Special Jumat Service at Ota Central Mosque by 1:00pm.

Day 6: Saturday 18th December, 2021.

Grand finale billed to take place at St Micheal’s / Ansar-u-deen Primary school, Ota by 10:00am.

 Day 7: Sunday 19th December, 2021.

Special Thanksgiving Service at the Living Faith Tabernacle (Winners Chapel, Ota).

Also addressing newsmen at the press conference, the Olota of Ota and Olofin Apesin Olode, HRM Prof. Adeyemi Obalanlege, said that every Iganmode Cultural Festival comes with great improvement on previous ones. He added that the historical and spiritual event ‘has helped immensely in projecting the rich cultural values and norms of Ota people and by extension, all Awori People as a whole’.

Olota sitting with Aare Bankole

“It is a festival that helps to remind our people of their origin and identity, as an essential component for stimulating communal understanding, love, unity and for augmenting steady progress, peace and development of the larger Community”.

Representatives of Hunters in Ota

Olota, while thanking the state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for addressing the infrastructural deficits in his domain, called on the Government through the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to adopt the Festival as one of the state owned festivals like Ojude Oba, Odun Omo Olowu, among others. He assured that this year’s edition hopes to be the best festival ever staged as he called on indigenes, residents and business owners in Ota and all over to key into the historical event.

The press conference was well attended by creme-de-la-creme in the cabinet of Olota, former and present serving political office holders and sizable number of newsmen from different media outfits.

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