Traditional Rulers and Regents from the South West States of Ogun, Lagos, Oyo, Osun and Ondo converged at the ancient city of Ile- Ife, Osun State, for the first National Convention and Conference of Yoruba traditional rulers in Nigeria.
The 4-day convention hosted by the Imperial Majesty, Oba Babatunde Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, was organised in conjunction with His Royal Majesty (HRM) Forum, a multi- media platform that brought together Royal Fathers, for the promotion of the rich African culture and traditions to the world through their local contents generated
Welcoming delegates, the Elerinmo of Erinmo Ijesa and Chairman Planning Committee, Oba Odunayo Arowotawa, said the convention was aimed at repositioning the Yoruba monarchy to its pride of place, promoting unity among obas and employ strategies to revamp and preserve Yoruba culture and traditions amongst others.
According to him, the HRM Heritage Forum would be officially launched as one of the avenues to reach out to a large number of traditional rulers thereby promoting unity amongst them.
In a presentation titled ” The Vision and Mission behind the Heritage Forum, Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism and a Co- founder of HRM Heritage Forum, Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo, stressed that the multi media platform was created to use modern technology tools and resources guided by global social media ethics and code of conducts for the promotion of African rich culture and traditions.
He added that cultural values, norms and traditions had suffered neglect as a result of roles played by the then colonial masters, which eroded the unity of the monarchs, noting that the platform was determined to resuscitate the dying culture by raising a team of Oodua indigenes, with high level of technological know-how to design and develop a practicable solution to the challenges in the traditional institutions
Speaking in an interview, Ogun State Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Jide Ojuko reaffirmed the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration’s commitment to the welfare of traditional rulers, urging other State governments to ensure that traditions and Culture be prevented from going into extinction.
Admonishing Royal Fathers to come together, fight a common purpose of upholding the Yoruba traditions, the Are Onakakanfo of Yoruba land Otunba Gani Adams condemned the act of installing Obas in Diaspora, saying, it was illegal for anyone to call himself an Oba in Diaspora.
Otunba Adams added that hierarchy must be upheld in order to avoid anarchy among the Yoruba race, advocating for a centre for Yoruba and Culture in Ile Ife, where all Yoruba Monarchs will continue to contribute to the sustainability of the Yoruba culture.