Tinubu, Ooni, Akiolu others to grace annual Omoluabi Festival

Leadership of the Yoruba Council Worldwide, in collaboration with the Lagos State government, National Troupe of Nigeria, National Council of Arts and Culture, National Theater and other critical stakeholders in the Tourism, Arts and Culture industry in Nigeria, will hold their fifth annual World Omoluabi Festival tagged: “EKOFEST 23” on May 1.

President, Yoruba Council Worldwide, Aare Oba Oladotun Hassan, disclosed this at a press conference held in Alausa, Ikeja, on Friday.

Hassan said that the President-elect, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is the special guest of honour at the event, which is slated to hold at the National Theater, Iganmu, Lagos.

According to Hassan, the occasion is an epoch-making event to showcase the true Yoruba Omoluabi identity, aesthetics, arts and cultural heritage ranging from dance, music, ewi, traditional festivals from various towns and villages like zangbeto, onilu Oba Eko, gelede, egungun, eyo, ayo olopon and foods.

He added that communities like Ijebu, Ife, Egba, Egun and Awori heritage, among others, will be on standby alongside various side attractions like Omoluabi Royal Icon Awards and other events.

The event, Hassan said, is strictly to promote Yoruba culture, unity, tradition and development.

He said that the Yoruba group has promoted the unity, progress and development of Nigeria than any other organization.

He noted that at the event, the group will launch the Yoruba Educational Trust Fund to cushion the effect of the out-of-school children, as well as prioritise education among Yoruba people, which he noted, the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, was known for.

Hassan added that this year’s edition will host His Imperial Majesty, Arole Olofin Adimula Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11, Ooni of Ife as Royal Grand Host, His Royal Majesty, Oba Riliwan Osuolale Akiolu, Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty, Oba Saheed Ademola Elegushi, Kusenla 111, The Elegushi of Ikate land and Oba Abdulwasiu Omogbolahan Lawal Oniru, The Oniru of Iru Victoria Island to lead all Yoruba Obas, while Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is the Chief Host to lead other Southwestern Governors and political leaders.

Hassan said: “The Omoluabi Festival is the annual Yoruba global day celebration of Yoruba true identity and existence as approved and endorsed by the Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi alongside the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Atanda Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, Iku Baba Yeye of blessed memory.”

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