Ajimobi starts Film festival,Takes walk with Nollywood stars

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The Oyo State Government on Thursday commenced the maiden edition of the annual Samodun Fiesta, with Governor Abiola Ajimobi expressing commitment to the promotion of the culture and tradition of the Yoruba race.

The fiesta, which began with the “Ajumorin Walk’’ involving Governor Ajimobi, members of the state executive council, local government chairmen, heads of boards, parastatals and extra-ministerial departments, as well as popular actors and actresses, took off from the Government House through Oje, Beere to Mapo Hall in Ibadan.

The governor, while addressing the mammoth crowd at Mapo Hall, said the Samodun Fiesta was one of the efforts of the state government at reminding the people of a chunk of the great past.

“In the promotion, advancement and propagation of our culture, the world will realize that Africa did not just stumble on a heritage; we have always had a great heritage.

“Indeed, comparatively, we will realize that even though our fathers could not read and write, they were greater doctors, physicists, paleontologists and even political scientists, far more than what obtains in our so-called modernity and civilization,’’ he said.

The governor added that the fiesta was aimed at advertising the Yoruba culture, stressing that this would be done through showcasing the language, sense of dressing, festivals, folklores, traditional mode of recreation and a host of the corpus of livelihood worthy of the praises of this generation.

“Being the beginning of another year, especially the year that this government has begun to put an icing on the cake of all its developmental projects, there is no better way to begin other than invoking the ancient prayers of our forefathers that we will all live to see the maturation of all these projects by the next calendar year,’’ he further stated.

Governor Ajimobi recalled the visit the leaders of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to the palace of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwole Adeyemi III on Wednesday, adding that the royal father “took us on a shuttle into our past as Yoruba people and we were very proud of our noble ancestry’’.

“If you were with us at the palace yesterday (Wednesday), you would be proud to be a Yorubaman and from Oyo State, which is the cradle of the Yoruba civilization. You would now wonder why European historians and theorists condemn Africa as lacking in history, architecture and efficient system of administration.

“Unfortunately for us all, we have been boxed into believing that our inherited system and culture are of lesser texture to that of the Europeans. This is part of the mental slavery that our people have been subjected to for centuries,’’ the governor said.

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Speaking on behalf of the actors and actresses, former ANTP President, Prince Jide Kosoko, commended the Ajimobi administration for organizing the fiesta, saying it was a further demonstration of its commitment to the promotion of Yoruba culture.

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