The Oyo State Council for Arts and Culture on Thursday held a stage performance titled ‘Kurunmi’ to celebrate the Yoruba culture and preach the `change’ agenda of the government.
Speaking at the occasion in Ibadan, the Council’s General Manager, Mrs Olayinka Adedeji said that the performance was to maintain the national heritage as part of its statutory duties.
Adedeji said that it was also to tell the Yoruba history for the benefit of the youths, research and it was important to agenda of the government for the public’s change of attitude.
She said that the council was the arm of government detailed to preserve and promote inherent cultural values in the state through music, dance and drama.
“The center is endowed with 1,500 capacity hall, 500 banquet hall, Art and Craft village, excursion programmes, and performance by cultural troupe, etc.
“Therefore I implore the government, agencies, stakeholders and the public to patronise the cultural center, the halls are available at moderate charges,” she said.
According to her, the . depicts the story of a war general in Yoruba land during the reign of Alaafin Atiba, who requested and was supported by the Ibadan warlords to change an age-long tradition.
“Kurunmi’s rigid stand against the phenomenon ‘change’ as being propagated by the Ibadan warlords swept him into oblivion; he refused to allow time change his people’s tradition.
“The lesson from the . is that change is the only tradition that can stand forever,” she said.
Secondary school students, primary school pupils, students of tertiary institutions and Corps Members, government officials were among those present at the event. (NAN)
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