Prof. Yemi Osinbajo Wants Vigorous Promotion of Yoruba Culture

The Vice president of Nigeria,  Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has described yoruba culture as its pride, hence the need to continue to promote it as well as educate the young ones on it values.
The Vice president,  stated this in his address at the presentation and Launching of yoruba world centre, held at the University of Ibadan.
Prof. Osinbajo said, there was need to use culture as a tool to help mantain our space in the world, adding that  we must also draw strength from our cultural heritage.
“This centre would serve as a place of memory and one that inspire us to greater things. It should also be a sanctuary which brings together all sons and daughters in  yorubaland, Irrespective of our religion” he said
While saying that the world yoruba centre
should serve as a  destination for mission of discovery and promote global link between the yoruba people in the diaspora, he expressed optimism  that the centre would locate itself in the emergence of creative economy.
The Vice President, however commended the architecture of the programme for the sacrifice put together, calling on others to join hands with him towards promoting art and culture in the country.
In his address, the Ogun state Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun,  said his government was passionate about the cultural heritage of yorubaland, which the state was part of and will do everything possible to preserve it.
The Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Engr Noimot Salako-Oyedele, added that the yoruba’s has one of the richest cultural heritages in the world.
“In Ogun State, our  workforce are now being encouraged to wear the local Adire fabric for which it is known for, on Fridays as a means of further instilling and promoting culture whilst improving its socia-economic standing through trade in the fabrics amongst other states” he said
While applauding the initiative, Abiodun admonished sons and daughters of Yorubaland to continue to uphold their heritage which is now struggling to survive westernisation as the decades go by.
In his welcome address, the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan, Prof. Kayode Adebowale, expressed optimism that the programme would help to boost and promote yoruba art and culture, not only in Nigeria but in the world at large.
Also speaking the cordinator of NCEYAC, who is the publisher of Alaroye, Ogbeni Alao Adedayo, appreciated the love of the Vice president and other Governors in the southwestern state towards the promotion of yoruba art and culture, adding that the international centre would serve as a teaching and learning center for art and culture, storage of relevant art and cultural materials, with a view to preventing yourba art and culture from going into extinction, while also noting that such centers were found in other developed countries.