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Ooni of Ife picks former BBNaija housemate, Nollywood actors, others for Yoruba cultural revival

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ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye

Mojisola Lawal

The 28-year-old former BBNaija housemate, Oluwabamike Olawunmi popularly known as Bambam and some selected Nollywood actors are among selected Nollywood artistes for a 12 day artistic show designed to showcase and promote Yoruba cultural heritage.

The selection was made by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

The artistes selected are Bimbo Manuel, Femi Branch, Deyemi Okanlawon, Aye Ayoola and Kehinde Bankole.

Oba Adeyeye made the announcement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Sunday.

He spoke through Oba Adebisi Layade, the Alarao Odaye of Ara Ife in Osun.

The event is being staged ahead of the “Queen Moremi Ajasoro Special Theatre Project,” to honour Queen Moremi, the iconic daughter of one of the bravest Yoruba hunter warriors, named Lukugba.

Oral tradition describes Queen Moremi as one of the greatest Queens of Ile-Ife, who risked her life for her people.

He said that the event would propagate and rejuvenate the cherished values, culture and tradition of an African woman, who through her unusual courage put herself forward to save her people.

“Through her quest for knowledge and sacrifice, she paid the price for injustice as a one-woman army for the love of her people,’’ the monarch said.

He said that a Queen Moremi Ajasoro 90 Minutes Musical Drama had also been lined up to project the unique culture of the Yoruba, one of the major ethnic groups in Nigeria.

According to him, the event is slated to hold from December 21 to January 2 in Lagos, adding that the House of Oduduwa Foundation has commissioned Bolanle Austin-Peters Production to produce the theatre performance.

He said that the project, through which the different facets of Yoruba culture had been portrayed to the world, would also show the dignity and rich content of Yoruba heritage.

Adeyeye noted that the world was beginning to appreciate the uniqueness of Yoruba culture in various forms.

The monarch said that he started the current promotion with the history and personality of Queen Moremi because of the unique lessons the woman displayed in her lifetime.

“It is the brave move of Queen Moremi that made the Yoruba people one of the first class groups in Nigeria today.


“The Moremi Project will boost the interest of women, whose potential are very high and always outstanding wherever they stepped into.’’

He stressed that women had critical roles to play in the development and success of a nation and should therefore, be encouraged to contribute their quotas to nation building.

“We need to encourage women to bring out the potential in them. It’s time we start reminding our women that they have the power to change the world.

“In this world, women are very powerful. Without them, things will not move accordingly because they were created to complement the men.’’

The epic African dance, drama, music and storytelling show is to be held at the Terra Arena on Victoria Island, Lagos.


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