Ooni Hails Group On Cultural Renaissance

Ooni Hails Group On Cultural Renaissance

Ooni Hails Group On Cultural Renaissance

The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has endorsed a cultural renaissance project embarked upon by a Lagos State based group, the Ikorodu Rebirth Project (IREP). He praised the group’s progress in its researches into the place of Asa masquerade in the culture and history of the Yoruba race.

While playing host to the research team at his Enuowa Palace in Ile-Ife, Osun State, the monarch noted the team’s gesture to work for the rejuvenation of the many endangered culture and tradition of the Yoruba. He described the Asa masquerade as a deity whose origin is in Ile-ife.

I am exceedingly joyous to receive your delegation because what you are doing is not only beneficial to Ikorodu in Lagos State, but to all of Yoruba race. Your coming really lifted my spirit. Your mission further confirmed my belief that God sent me here for a divine purpose which is to lead a renaissance and reposition the Yoruba race worldwide.

“It is cheering news that the Ikorodu Rebirth Project (IREP) has gone round gathering information and document about Asa. I am sure you think it is just a masquerade like the Eyo of Lagos. But I want you all to know that Asa is actually a deity with its origin here in Ile-Ife. Yes, here in Ile-Ife, it is a highly respected deity with a rich history and background.

The Ooni in a group picture with the IREP Team during the visit.

You are writing a book on Asa. You are planning a carnival. I have accepted to write the foreword of the book. I also promised to grace the event whenever you are ready. I am pleased with this. I am happy at things like this. It is our culture that unites us a s a race. All over the world, Yoruba people are identified by their unique culture and tradition. So, we need to revive the things that unite us and do away with the things that divide us,” he said.

Responding, the Convener of IREP, Honourable Sanai Bolanle Agunbiade, the Opomulero of Ikorodu, thanked the Ooni for his fatherly counsel and warm reception.

The lawmaker, who is also the Majority Leader of Lagos State House of Assembly  explained that the team is out to revive and promote as many endangered culture and tradition of the Yoruba race as possible, starting with Ikorodu.

It is our desire to work hard and promote our culture globally. We have had Asa in Ikorodu since time immemorial. But not many of us know its importance. And it is this same Asa Europeans are modernizing and using to welcome visitors in their countries. I once encountered Asa masquerades abroad. So, we are glad you encouraged us and we promise not to disappoint you,” he said.

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