The Osun House of Assembly has called for the preservation and development of Yoruba historical cultural heritage towards economic development.
This is contained in a statement by Mr Olatunbosun Oyintiloye, the assembly’s spokesperson on Saturday in Osogbo, to felicitate with Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi on the celebration of the annual olojo festival.
Oyintiloye said there are many potentials hidden in the cultural heritage of Yorubas, that could be annexed towards the economic development of the zone.
He said it was regrettable that the heavy reliance on oil had shifted the attention of the country away from concentrating on other sector.
“There are several hidden treasure in the cultural heritage of the people of Nigeria, especially in Yorubaland, that have been left untapped and underdeveloped.
“This inaction of ours has contributed to the pains of economic recession due to fall in the price of oil without an alternative to economic development to fall back on.
“No doubt, we are very rich in culture, tradition, heritages and festivals that can be developed to serve as a long term solution to economic quagmire in this country, but we are not paying serious attention to them”.
In Osun for example, we are blessed with cultural heritage such as Olojo festival, Olojo has potential of evoking a pilgrimage potential especially for the black in diasporia
“Other land marks such as Oranmiyan staff and Oduduwa Shrine among others in Ile-Ife; Osun Osogbo festival and grove in Osogbo; Olumirin waterfall in Erin-Ijesa; Kiriji memorial war site in Imesi-Ile and many more all over the state are notable and worthy of attention”
“These potentials have the capacity to create job for youths, enhance their creativity and sell the tourism potential of the state to the world for a self-sustaining economy”.
Oyintiloye, who noted that Governor Rauf Aregbesola had done a lot to invest in the tourism sector, said there was the need for greater partnership between the state and the Federal Government towards making the tourism potentials more attractive.
While congratulating Oba Ogunwusi and the people of Ile-Ife on the Olojo festival celebration, Oyintiloye called for support for the monarch and the government towards making the festival more attractive.
“Olojo festival” is a festival where the King of Ife (Ooni) separates himself from the people to cleanse his palace and himself of all the evil forces after which he leads his people to the Oke mogun shrine where he renews his vows as King.
The week long event is an annual event meant to celebrate creation of universe and it climaxes with wearing of a special beaded crown, worn once annually by Ooni, and the symbolic walk from Ile Oodua, Ooni’s palace to Oke Mogun.