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Prophet TB Joshua wins posthumous Ipate-Asa award
• Diaspora group urges governments to use Yoruba language as a tool for unity and development

Home Secretary Rauf Aregbesola denounced the lack of research on African culture and tradition by Nigerian institutions, saying there are vast opportunities in the food varieties available on the continent.

The minister, who said this to Akure at the 2021 Ipate Asa Prize ceremony hosted by Yoruba Heritage Group this weekend, reiterated the need to propagate and preserve all aspects of African culture.

Aregbesola described culture as the whole and the mark of human existence, saying that lifestyles, food, clothing, knowledge, virtues and productivity clearly define culture.

According to him, higher education institutions in the country have not offered any innovations on the food varieties available in Yoruba land.

He said that most varieties stop at what the ancestors passed on to the generation.

Aregbesola, who called for cultural reenactment, urged people to change focus and belief about cultural values ​​and beliefs.

He instructed Nigerians to promote culture in order to develop the cultural values ​​anchored in the country.

The minister praised Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for his belief in Yoruba culture, which resulted in the adoption of the Yoruba anthem as the state anthem.

Meanwhile, Akeredolu, who is the chairman of the Southwest Governors Forum, said the award given to Aregbesola was based on the elevation of the Yoruba anthem by the Aregbesola administration in the state of Osun.

He also tapped into the promotion of Omoluabi ethics and equal recognition of the three major religions of the state during his tenure as governor of Osun State.

He instructed the minister not to relax his efforts to promote Yoruba cultural values, just as he assured that Ondo State would ensure that Yoruba culture is not relegated to the background.

The award was presented to Aregbesola by Akeredolu, who was represented by his chief of staff, Chief Gbenga Ale, at the event held at the Ondo State Cultural Center.

Other winners included Akeredolu, state chairman of the Zenith Labor Party (ZLP), Joseph Akinlaja; Funke Alakija, Kayode Ajulo and founder of the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), the late Prophet TB Joshua, who received a posthumous award.

THE European section of the Union of Progressives of Oodua (OPU) reaffirmed the need to use the Yoruba language as a tool to foster unity and promote all sectors.

The Diaspora group, currently present in 96 countries around the world, gave the charge during the seventh edition of its European Summit organized via a webinar with more than 800 participants from all over the world.

The summit, which has been held for more than four hours without interruption, has two eminent professors as guest speakers, Raheem Kolawole, an environmentalist from the University of Education, Winneba, Ghana and Duro Adeleke from the Department of Foreign Languages, University of Ibadan, along with many other social, economic and political analysts in attendance.

Kehinde Aderemi, Yorubaland’s Aare media assistant Ona Kakanfo and OPU global head Iba Gani Adams, said the summit was the rallying point for international discourse.

He added that everyone in the organization had, over the past seven years, benefited immensely from the global forum, which he said had also helped shape the thoughts, ideas and values ​​of the world. ‘organization.

The Yoruba Generalissimo further stated that the OPU has drawn up sustainable plans to project the Yoruba race development program.

He expressed hope that such plans would support the future demands and challenges of the race.

In addition, Adams insisted that key decisions would be made at the summit, which would also be part of the necessary recommendations on the development agenda for all members of the 28 countries of Europe and Southwest in particular.

However, he called on all members, especially in Europe, to justify their individual strengths and potentials by bringing together members deemed ready to share in the dreams of diaspora organization.

“At the end of this meeting, I believe that this year’s summit will be able to offer lasting solutions to most of the problems, especially in the sectors of health, economy, education and agriculture, among others.

“This gathering will also raise hope for the Yoruba nation, ensuring them prospects for a bright and fulfilling future, especially for young people,” he added.

Earlier in his opening remarks, European OPU Coordinator Chief Victor Mobolaji Adewale, who is also the Akingbayi Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, expressed hope that the 2021 summit would promote peace. and broaden the knowledge base of all members and participants. .

Adeleke, while lamenting the ugly trend towards the Yoruba language, urged the governors of the Southwest to save the language from extinction.

He instructed the leaders, as well as other promoters of the language, to use the Yoruba language as a tool to foster unity and development in all sectors.

Katy F. Molnar