|(L-R) Mama Iyabo Aboaba, COO, Lork Enterprise LLP; Olutayo Irantiola, Host and Convener, Yoruba Lakotun; Pa Lasunkanmi Tela, Yoruba Author and Guest; Khalid Ayanshina, Bata Dancer and Lead Chanter, Beriola Ayanshina Cultural Entertainment Group and Edaoto Agbeniyi, Folklorist and Editor; Iroyin Owuro newspaper at the first anniversary of Yoruba Lakotun, a quarterly cultural programme, held at Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi recently|
Lakotun, the quarterly cultural flagship programme, took place on September 4,
2016 at Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi amidst pomp and pageantry. The first anniversary
celebration was heavily decorated with the talking drum and the beaded gourd
(sekere) because of their significance as royal musical instrument that elicits
excitement at all celebrations.
The special guest at the
programme, Pa Lasunkanmi Tela, author of Egun Ori Ikunle, spoke about the way
in which Yoruba Oral Narrations has been distorted by many people for their
selfish gains. Some of the distorted narrations caused by colonialism and other
selfish reasons are Yoruba history, traditions and even the culture.
|Pa Lasunkanmi Tela, author of Egun Ori Ikunle|
According to him, ‘the Yoruba nation should be united since we
are all progenitors of Oduduwa. It is unnecessary for people to tweak histories
of their communities in order to pursue their selfish ambition because it would
mislead a lot of generations after them and engrain hatred. The damage done by
the colonialist still abound in the ways in which names of communities and
families have been changed to suit their understanding.’
Tela called for the preservation
of various Yoruba traditions which are gradually fading away. These traditions
include building reputable family names cum legacies; respect for elders;
background check of the families before marriage; the dignity of hard work and contentment.
|Olutayo Irantiola and Khalid Ayanshina|
Another great feature of the evening
was the Bata dance class led by Khalid Ayanshina, the renowned Eesa Egungun
chanter and dancer, from Oyo town. Ayanshina unveiled that Yoruba oral chant is
a specialist art that has different from one type of chant to another. Some of
the specialist chants are ekun Iyawo; Rara; Ijala among others. While Edaoto
Agbeniyi, the renowned guitarist and folklorist, was on the bandstand dishing
out melodious folk songs to the delight of the audience.
The host of the event, Olutayo
Irantiola, dedicated the anniversary edition to the media houses that educate
and inform Nigerians about the different cultures in the country. He encouraged
the media to carry out investigative research to produce ingenious documentaries
that would enhance the knowledge of Nigerians about their immediate
|Charles Obioha of Ethnic Heritage Center & Olutayo Irantiola|
Ethnic Heritage Centre is a foremost learning centre for the
learning of Yoruba, Igbo, Hausa and French that exposes people to the cultural
elements surrounding Nigerian languages thereby promoting and preserving our
cultural heritage. This is achieved through a modern, creative and innovative
method of learning. The centre also has a library stocked with books in all the
languages for everyone. The centre also ‘Kasuwa’ which means Market in Hausa
where different creative works can be purchased.
The edition of Yoruba Lakotun was
attended by cultural enthusiasts drawn from Corporate and Social Nigeria.
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