Oronna Ilaro Festival enters national tourism calendar

Posted: November 7, 2012 in travel & tourism

The Oronna Ilaro Cultural Festival has officially been endorsed by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation. The endorsement was made by the Director General of the NTDC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe in Abuja.

Making the pronouncement during a visit by a delegation from the community led by the Chairman, Central Planning Committee, Chief Kayode Odunaro, the NTDC director, Runsewe, added that the festival will subsequently enjoy massive support from the corporation just like the over 160 festivals evenly spread across Nigeria currently being supported by the NTDC.

Runsewe promised to supply several promotional materials like NTDC-branded T-shirts, calendars, bags and other souvenirs stressing that NTDC endorsement will also secure deals for the festival from several corporate interests who recognize the corporation’s constitutional mandate of promoting and regulating tourism activities in the country.

Speaking further, Runsewe disclosed plans by the corporation to introduce a book that will capture enthralling mythologies and folklore about the history of different communities in the country saying the book on Igboukwu is already underway.

He also used the opportunity to commend the governor of Ogun State, Chief Ibikunle Amosun for his efforts at marketing Ogun State tourism destinations and establishing the State’s ministry of tourism charging others to take a cue from him.

Earlier in his remarks, Chief Kayode Odunaro, , explained that the festival has been celebrated annually since 1992 but has not enjoyed national presence stressing that this new status will now consolidate on the efforts already made while hinting on several programmes put in place in the build-up to this year’s edition to celebrate the rich culture of the community.

Odunaro said that the Oronna Ilaro Festival would bring about positive possibilities not only for Ilaro town or Yewaland, but also for Ogun State and, indeed, Nigeria adding that the festival was a unifying annual socio-cultural event by the people in pursuit of their cultural tradition and a platform for self help initiatives to develop the community.

Activities lined up for the one-week event include; a street carnival/ road show all over Ilaro township on Saturday, November 25; tribute to Oronna and other deities in Ilaro on Monday,  medical check-up, 50km festival race and  Egungun dance and traditional Efe dance ceremony.

Other activities include Gelede display and Sisi Ilaro beauty pageant on Wednesday, November 28; street jams/talent hunt and clubs and association day on Thursday, November 29.

Jumat service and award day/ royal dinner will hold on Friday, November 30, while Onigba-Aje cultural ceremony and grand finale and closing ceremony comes up on Saturday, Decemeber 1.

The annual Oronna Day celebration which has been re-christened as Oronna Ilaro Festival is held in the town of Ilaro in Yewa South Local Government Area of Ogun State.

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