The Ogun State Government has restated its readiness at promoting Yoruba cultural values especially among the youths towards sustaining its rich heritage.
The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun said this at a programme tagged “Ewa Ede 2017”organized by a Non-Governmental Organization, ‘’Gbagede Ewa Ede Foundation’’ in Abeokuta.
Amosun who decried the relegation of Yoruba Language to an elective subject in Secondary Schools assured that Government would continue to collaborate with relevant stakeholders so as to preserve the legacy.
Governor Amosun represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, recalled that one of the major interventions of his administration geared towards the promotion and revitalization of Yoruba culture was the upgrading of the Department of Culture and Tourism into a full-fledged Ministry.
“We will continue to do the needful to ensure that our culture and values do not perish by encouraging its teaching in all our schools across the State,” Amosun added.
In his lecture titled “Yoruba Culture and Heritage, a Priceless Gifts to Humanity”, the Publisher of Ovation Magazine, Chief Dele Momodu said Yoruba Culture which include decent dressing, respect for elders, cleanliness, manners of expression among others should not be seen as archaic and inferior to foreign culture.
While lamenting on the challenges confronting the efforts at publishing books and journals in Yoruba language, he said though it was a worthwhile venture but the patronage was not encouraging, calling on government, parents and traditional rulers in Yoruba land to put in place measures at sustaining the culture and promoting Yoruba reading habits.
On her part, the founder of “Gbagede Ewa Ede Foundation”, Princess Adejoke Shomoye said her desire to rejuvenate the Yoruba culture prompted the establishment of the Foundation so as to educate and instill Yoruba cultural norms and values in youths both at home and in diaspora, appreciating the present administration for supporting her dreams and aspirations towards achieving the set goals for Yoruba cultural advancement.