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Yoruba language, content of liberation, says Gani Adams



Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, at the weekend, said Yoruba Language is one of the contents of liberation for the race, insisting that no country can develop without promoting its culture, tradition and heritage.
  The Aareonakakanfo made the assertion in Ira, Kwara state, during the 2019 edition of Oya Festival
Adams, who is also the chief promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation, (OFF) also  urged the Yoruba descent to emulate  Brazil in ensuring that Yoruba takes its pride of place among all  races in the world.
   He applauded the Brazilians for promoting the cultural identity of the Yorubas.
 "Today, Yoruba language and culture is waxing stronger in Brazil and across South and North America. As much as I know, the Yorubas have failed to use their various gifts and uniqueness. This has affected us as a race. And sadly too, we have never realised the fact that we need to make  the right decision on the best way to sustain our heritage and core values"
  He added, “in recent time, some of us that are keen on promoting this laudable cause  are beginning to rise to the challenges"
"It is worthy of note that a few numbers of Nigerians of Yoruba origin have also  started creating the awareness on the search for our true identity" 
"For instance, the Yoruba-Brazil bond is gradually yielding positive results. A good example of this is the interesting story of Otunba Aderounmu, a Brazil-based Nigerian promoter of Yoruba language and culture, that teaches children the Yoruba language and culture in Brazil"
"Interestingly, Yoruba language has also influenced the culture of the Brazilian people. Many Yoruba words have found their ways  into the Portuguese language is spoken in Brazil"
"That is why we need to realise the fact that we need to be united. It is time for the Yorubas to regain the lost glory and promote the language that is even deeper in meaning than the English language."
Adams, however, urged Nigerians to cultivate the habit like the Indians and Chinese that use their languages to promote their culture and traditions"
    The Onira of Ira, Oba Abdul Wahab Oyewole, in his remarks, applauded the initiative of the OFF for using Oya festival to expose the tourism potentials of the community. He said Aare Gani Adams has single-handedly raised the cultural emblem of the Yoruba race.
"Aare Onakakanfo has done well for the Yoruba nation, most  especially, in the area of cultural rebirth and promotion than his predecessors. No Aare in Yoruba history has done what Aare Gani Adams has done. The late Akintola and Abiola, during their times, were influential. They did their best, but they never sought the liberty that was inherent in cultural rebirth and rejuvenation. So, with this, I am sure posterity will definitely judge Aare Gani Adams for being at the Centre of liberating the Yoruba race, by using cultural promotions as tools to liberate the race from socio-cultural bondage "
Meanwhile, the guest lecturer,  Prince Odukoya Olabisi, said the ancient town will always remember the courage of Oya as a goodness for her exemplary disposition. He explained that Oya has remained a a great model to Yoruba women.
"Oya is model to all Yoruba women. She was a great woman. I urge all women to learn from the humility and courage of this special woman. It was Oya that brought Ira to world's reckoning". Moreso, we can also help in liberating our race from this ugly situation only if we support the good intentions of OFF as being propagated by the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland ", he said.

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