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Oyo targets local and foreign tourists

The Oyo State Authorities on Tuesday introduced that the maiden version of the Egungun/Fuji/Amala World Competition 2024, with the theme “Our Tradition, Our Heritage”, will give attention to increasing the state’s economic system by cultural tourism.

The state Commissioner for Tourism and Tradition, Wasiu Olatunbosun, gave this indication in a press release by the Particular Adviser to Governor Seyi Makinde on Media, Suleiman Olanrewaju, in Ibadan, the state capital.

He mentioned the competition could be a wealthy bundle of the state’s cultural potential and heritage and is aimed toward attracting each native and overseas vacationers for funding alternatives, in keeping with Governor Makinde’s imaginative and prescient.

Olatunbosun mentioned: “Masquerades have deep historic significance and embody the spirit of resilience and unity, which defines the identification of the state and is a testomony to the enduring legacy of Oyo’s traditions, whereas the state has additionally produced Fuji greats together with the late Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, Iyanda Sawaba, Rasheed Ayinde Merenge, Abass Akande Obesere, Saheed Osupa and Taye Forex, to call a number of.

“The Egungun/Fuji/Amala Competition was in keeping with Governor Makinde’s Omituntun 2.0 agenda, which has included tourism within the growth of the state’s economic system.”

The Commissioner, who famous that the cultural occasion would maintain on Thursday, July 11, 2024 on the Race Course, Lekan Salami Sports activities Advanced, Adamasingba, Ibadan, mentioned it’s going to additionally characteristic grand masquerade events that may provide a dynamic showcase of tradition and dance, in addition to music and a savoury style of Amala with Gbegiri, Eko and Moin Moin dishes.

He mentioned: “The maiden version of the World Egungun Competition will maintain on Thursday on the Race Course, Lekan Salami Sports activities Advanced, Ibadan. The competition is the primary of its type within the state, South-West and doubtless Nigeria and it’ll even be an annual occasion.

“We’re going to ensure that this yr we enhance every little thing we do. Our purpose is to get it on the UNESCO listing, similar to we did for the Sango Competition, and one of many standards is that we run this system seamlessly for at the very least 5 years.

“I’m assured that we’ve got laid a really sturdy basis and we’re aiding the engineer of contemporary Oyo State, the governor himself, to create a primary on this space as properly.

“We’re going to have Egungun, Fuji and likewise Amala on the parade. We consider that the state ought to do one thing to acknowledge what Baba Barrister did within the space of ​​Fuji’s creation. So we’re giving him a posthumous award. We’ve got additionally adopted all his songs as our official songs for the occasion.

“We additionally consider that we have to create a platform the place we will promote upcoming artists who’re searching for such platforms to carry out. So we determined to make use of the day to accommodate them, in order that they get the prospect to showcase their skills.
We spoke to the meals distributors and the official dishes that will likely be served embrace Amala and Abula soup, Moinmoin and Eko and Akara.

“Fuji legend, Alhaji Sikiru Ayinde Barrister, a local of the state, may even be posthumously honoured with an award in appreciation of his lasting legacy in selling Fuji music to the world.”

Talking on safety earlier than and in the course of the competition, the Commissioner assured these current of security. He mentioned that Governor Makinde’s safety structure over the previous 5 years has ensured efficient safety of lives and property within the state.

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