Yam Festival: Save our culture from extinction – Monarch
By Olusola Alatise
The need to promote culture as an agent of development in the various communities by individuals and government has been stressed
Olowa of Igbara-Oke. Oba Francis Adefarakanmi Agbede stressed this during the celebration of 2019 Ijesu Festival held at the weekend.
He said celebrating festival has nothing to do with religion, stressing that traditional rulers must ensure that their tradition and culture do not go into extinction, noting that their forefathers had been celebrating festivals before the advent of religion
The Olowa who posited that the Ooni of Ife has been projecting Yoruba culture worldwide beautifully added that Ijesu Olowa festival is a way of appreciating God for bountiful harvest by his people.
“It will be ungrateful on our part if we do not celebrate this festival. It is a way of showing appreciation to God who has been kind to us, because what we planted were smaller compared to what we harvested, saying it could only be from God alone.”
On the significance of the festival, the monarch said new yams can now be brought to the market for sale after the celebration and that it had been celebrated since time immemorial pointing out that his reign made it glamorous.
Olori Tinuade Agbede, High Chief Banji Abuloye , Chief Gabriel Fajemilusi, Mrs Nike Odebiyi and others attested to the fact that Oba Adefarakanmi Agbede had been promoting culture since he ascended the throne.
They affirmed that the king who added glamour to the celebration of Ijesu festival, is a man of God to the core.
Highlights of the celebration was Olowa leading Oloris, Omowas, High chiefs and other chiefs on a walk to and fro Oko Owa to the palace to harvest yam trekking through the town, while praying at all strategic spots including the market.
The arrival of Oba Agbede and his entourage received loud ovation when they got to the popular Oba Market in the heart of the town, as almost all the traders left their markets and joined the train to the palace.