Maiden Ijumu Festival: Oba Williams Ayeni Calls for Support to Restore Cultural Glory

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His Royal Majesty, Oba Williams Olusegun Ayeni, the Olujumu of Ijumu Kingdom, has expressed concerns over the potential extinction of African culture due to the influence of what is considered civilization.

The monarch made this known when he kicked off the maiden edition of the Ijumu Cultural Festival in Iyara on Saturday.

He argued that what Africans often perceived as civilization was, in fact, the culture of the western world.

Determined to reverse this trend, he explained that the Ijumu Traditional Council took the initiative to showcase the vibrant culture of the kingdom to the world.

Addressing all sons and daughters of Ijumu, the Olujumu expressed his gratitude for their unwavering support in the vision to restore the cultural glory of the kingdom.

He described the achievement as a dream come true for not only himself but also for other traditional rulers in the kingdom.

Oba Ayeni emphasized the importance of promoting culture and fostering unity among all inhabitants of the kingdom, as well as the various communities within it.

Special recognition was given to Oba Mufutau Mohammed Oloyede Gbadamosi, the Olofa of Offa, and his entourage, as well as to HRM Oba (Dr) Solomon Dele Owoniyi, the Chairman Okun Traditional Council, and all other royal fathers present at the festival. Their presence at the event further highlighted the significance of cultural preservation.

In order to fully restore the cultural glory of Ijumu, Oba Ayeni appealed to everyone attending the festival to donate generously towards the fundraising campaign. The targeted goal was ₦250 million naira, which would be utilized to construct a palace building. The palace would house a museum, a church, a mosque, an auditorium, parks, gardens, and other facilities dedicated to preserving and celebrating the rich heritage of the kingdom.

As the ceremony progressed, the Olujumu expressed his gratitude towards the Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs for their support. He also acknowledged the Chairman of the Ijumu Local Government, Hon Taofiq Isa, government appointees, and elected officials.

In his closing remarks, the Olujumu offered prayers for a prosperous year ahead for all attendees, emphasizing the significance of cultural preservation and unity in achieving progress and development.

The Ijumu Cultural Festival is set to continue its vibrant celebrations over the course of several days, promising an unforgettable experience for all participants and spectators alike.

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