The wife of the governor, State of Osun, Mrs Kafayat Oyetola has called on all citizens and the entire Yoruba race to promote diverse cultural heritages and values endowed by the creator. Saying doing so will not allow the norms and inherent benefits to go into extinction.
Mrs Oyetola disclosed this in Iragbiji where she performed the inauguration of Abeni Visual and performing Arts Institute (AVPAI)).
The First Lady who is doubled as the President, IleriOluwa Development Initiative, described culture as a way of life which should be strictly uphold by both the young and old. Adding that since various countries of the world are promoting their cultural heritage, Osun and Nigeria as a whole should not be found wanting in this regard.
In a statement issued as quoted by Tunmise Iluyomade, Press Officer to Wife of the Governor, said the First Lady maintained that it is now time for all hands to be on deck in promoting our own cultural values.
She urged the present generation of nursing mothers to see it as a priority to train their children in line with the culture and traditions of Yoruba particularly in the area of dressing, spoken language,greetings, respect and food among other value laden cultural niceties which abound.
Mrs Oyetola who was accompanied by the wife of secretary to the State government Mrs Bose Oyebanmiji, wife of the APC chairman, Mrs Olubunmi Famodun and that of the Head of Service, Mrs Kikelomo Oyebade identified with and congratulated the Eesa of Iragbiji Chief Muraina Oyelami for his great vision in establishing such a great institute for the promotion of Yoruba cultural heritage and values.
The Yoruba Cultural icons, Araba Awo of Osogbo land; Chief Ifayemi Elebuibon, Chief Alabi Ogundepo and the Aragbiji of Iragbiji Oba Abdulrasheed Olabomi while speaking at the event commended Chief Oyelami for his entrenched interest over the years in the culture and tradition of the Yoruba race.
Speaking, the Eesa of Iragbiji Chief Muraina Oyelami said the “Oyelami Dance Institute” was established for the effective promotion of Yoruba culture and traditions not only in Osun but all over Nigeria and beyond.
Mrs Kafayat Oyetola and her entourage as well as other dignitaries were later treated to different cultural performances by the trainees of the Institute . This was followed by a guided tour also of the Institute where Mrs Oyetola was shown various Yoruba artefacts.