Misplaced Priority: Tinubu’s Government Plans $100bn Expansion Fund To Promote, Preserve Cultural Heritage

Hannatu Musa-Musawa, the Minister of Arts, Culture, and Creative Economy, has announced the establishment of a $100 billion economic expansion fund aimed at promoting and preserving cultural heritage under President Tinubu’s administration.

Representing Musa-Musawa at the 2024 Ojude Oba Festival held at the Ojude Oba Pavilion in Ijebu-Ode on Tuesday, Rev. Ben Ugo, Director of Cultural Industry and Heritage, acknowledged Nigeria’s cultural diversity. He highlighted the Federal Government’s efforts to establish the country as a cultural hub by 2030.

Ugo also mentioned that the annual Ojude Oba festival is being considered for inclusion in UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage list.

In his remarks, Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun expressed his administration’s commitment to elevating the Ojude Oba festival to a global event. He emphasized that the festival, which initially celebrated the Awujale among the Ijebu people, has evolved into a significant gathering attracting national and international participants.

He explained that the festival, which has become a tourist attraction, symbolises and reflects the collective unity of the people known for hard work, perseverance, and industry.

“Ojude Oba festival is not only a cultural heritage for the indigenes of Ijebuland but has now become a significant event that attracts local and foreign tourists to Ogun State, showcasing our hospitality and enviable tradition of Ijebuland to the national and global audience,” he said.

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“This festival serves as a symbol of our unity, tourism and a rallying point to all the Ijebu sons and daughters to celebrate the life and times of our tradition, culture, and revered monarch.

“It has become a catalyst for the development of Ijebuland, and this undoubtedly underscores the importance of preserving our traditions for future generations.

“By standing for unity and harmony, we elevate our community and set an example for others to follow. The essence of unity and harmony in Ijebuland can be seen willingly in cultural events like this festival.

“Our administration is deeply committed to supporting the initiative to make it a permanent event in the global tourism industry,” he said.

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