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    FG to List Ojude Oba as UNESCO Approved Festival

    The Federal Government says it has plans to list the annual Ojude Oba Festival as one of the festivals backed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

    The Minister of Culture, Art and Creative Economy, Hannatu Musa- Musawa, yesterday said the Federal Government is considering listing the Ojude Oba Festival in Ogun State as one backed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

    According to Musa-Musawa, the annual festival aligns with the President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda mandate for the ministry, which seeks to take revenue generation from tourism to over $100 billion by 2030.

    The minister, represented by the Director of Cultural Agencies and Heritage, Ben Ugo-Anama, spoke at the 2024 Ojude Oba festival held at Awujale’s pavilion in Ijebu-Ode.

    The global festival which showcases the rich cultural heritage and endowments of the Ijebu people is celebrated the third day of Eid-el-Adha. This year’s theme was ‘Ojude Oba: Unity and Harmony, Our Gift’.

    The minister described the festival as a platform to foster the country’s unity in diversity, and one that could diversify the economy from oil to generate more revenue for the country.

    She said: “In line with the President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, the ministry will always collaborate with stakeholders to promote, preserve and protect the rich cultural heritage of our country to ensure it reaches its enviable height, according to our vision for the Ministry called ‘Destination 2030’.

    “This vision considers the potentials in arts, culture and creative economy, in terms of its ability to create economic expansion. Our ambitious goal is predicated on this drive which is capable of yielding over $100 billion, an increase in the gross domestic product by year 2030.”

    The minister also noted that despite giving the country a good image, the festival was yet to have elements of UNESCO approval as one of its approved festival. She said the festival, with its profound impacts on tourism, deserves to be listed by the international body. She promised to activate all the processes to get this done without further delay.

    Governor Dapo Abiodun noted that the festival has given Ijebuland and the people of Ogun State a distinct identity.

    According to him, the festival has become a catalyst for the development of Ijebuland, ‘and this underscores the essence of preserving our rich cultural heritage’, he noted. He promised to partner the Federal Government to develop the festival and make it a global tourist attraction and destination.

    Dignitaries at the event included former Governors Olusegun Osoba and Gbenga Daniel; Deputy Governor Noimot Salako-Oyedele; Senator Shuib Salis (Ogun Central), Speaker of the House of Assembly Daisi Elemide; wife of the Ondo State Deputy Governor, Mrs. Abosede Adelami; wife of former President of Nigeria, Mrs. Bola Obasanjo; Accountant-General of the Federation, Mrs. Oluwatoyin Madein, among others.



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