Amid musical and dramatic performances, Yoruba Lakotun, a quarterly Yoruba cultural programme, recently held in Lagos, with experts calling for the protection of the people’s heritage.
The first anniversary of the outfit founded by writer and media practitioner, Olutayo Irantiola, held at Ethnic Heritage Centre, Ikoyi.
The special guest at the programme, Pa Lasunkanmi Tela, author of Egun OriIkunle, lamented that Yoruba oral narratives were being distorted by many people for selfish gains.
According to him, some of the distortion was caused by colonialism and other selfish reasons, saying that such bordered on Yoruba history, tradition and culture.
He said, “The Yoruba nation should be united since we are all progenitors of Oduduwa. It is unnecessary for people to tweak histories of their communities in order to pursue their selfish ambition because it would mislead a lot of generations after them and engrain hatred. The damage done by the colonialists still abound in the ways in which names of communities and families have been changed to suit their understanding.”
At the programme, also attended by the General Manager of Freedom Park, Ms. Iyabo Aboaba, Tela called for the preservation of elements of Yoruba tradition that are gradually fading away. These include building reputable family names cum legacies, respect for elders, background check of the families before marriage, the dignity of hard work and contentment.
Another feature of the evening was the bata dance class led by Khalid Ayanshina, an esa egungun chanter and dancer from Oyo town.
The host of the event, Olutayo Irantiola, dedicated the anniversary edition to the media houses that educate and inform Nigerians about the different cultures in the country.
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