By Saheed Ibrahim
Akure Heritage Library will be unveiled as the ancient city begins the annual Ulefunta Festival on September 28, 2022, the Central Planning Committee has stated.
Speaking at the official unveiling of the festival yesterday in Akure, the Chairman, Central Planning Committee of Ulefunta 2022, Mr. Olu Adekunle Ajanaku noted that the library is dedicated to promote Akure and Yoruba rich heritage and founder heritage across Nigeria.
He added that literature on Akure and Yoruba indigenous culture and traditions will be made available in the library to preserve, project and transmit the rich culture of the Akures and Yorubas in general to coming generations.
Reeling out the programmes of the festival, he said the festival will begin with Ijade Ulefunta/Cultural Day at the Deji’s palace on September 28 and end with thanksgiving and gala nite on Sunday October 9, 2022.
Other highlights of the festival include unveiling of Akure Heritage Library, Jumaat Service and Novelty Match on September 30, public lecture on October 10, conferment of chieftaincy title and the climax of the festival is the homage and special launching of Akure Heritage intervention scheme on October 8 at MKO Abiola Democracy Park in Akure.
He noted that the festival is not in any way idolatry but a period of traditional prayers to God for bountiful harvests, ushering in of new planting season and traditional new year.
“To this effect, the Deji Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi after due consultations has approved the creation of Akure Heritage Intervention initiative”.
The scheme will cover scholarship scheme, health support outreach, establishment of Akure Heritage Library, apprenticeship and entrepreneurship programmes as well as upgrading of structures within the Deji’s palace, among others.
Ajanaku added that the theme for the year’s public lecture: “Curbing Electoral Violence and Associated Crimes: Roles of Traditional Institution in Perspective’ becomes relevant as the 2023 elections approach.
The lecture will be delivered by Mike Ejiofor, a retired Director of the Department of State Security.
Speaking on market closure, Ajanaku noted that it had been the custom of Akure land that beating of drums and activities at Oja Oba will be temporary put on hold whenever the king is in seclusion, adding that only the Deji’s market will be moved to Idi Agba for the seven days period.