Ibadan will host 500 Southwest Obas for Crown exhibition.
News Rain gathered that the Oyo State government in partnership with the Oshodi Arts Gallery has concluded arrangements to hold the maiden edition of the annual Crown Exhibition.
Ibadan Southwest Obas For Crown Exhibition.
The Crown exhibition which is tagged ‘Art of Crown’ that is slated to hold in the ancient city of Ibadan, according to the organizer will be an annual event.
Dr Seyi Oshodi who is the Chief Executive Officer of the Oshodi Arts Gallery, made the disclosure on Tuesday while presenting the proposal for the festival to Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun in his office.
According to Dr Oshodi who said that the festival was targeted at promoting the significance of crowns and honour paramount rulers in South-west Nigeria, as 500 crowns of different traditional rulers across the Yoruba land would be on display.
Oshodi noted that the Arts of Throne is an annual festival to honour, celebrate and promote paramount Yoruba kings, their ancient thrones and their kingdoms with a colourful array of life visual and creative arts, trado-modern carnival, tourism, heritage art exhibition and open-air life visual arts for the whole world to see and appreciate.
“We want to promote the arts and culture of our people in Yoruba land, light up our tourist sites, generate employment for the youths in the arts and tourism sector while we also generate revenue for the host State.”
“The project will comprise of carnival floats, visual arts and exhibition, tour and sightseeing, stage performances, gala night among others and all these will involve the people of the State and foreign tourists.”
In his brief response, the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatubosun said
that Ibadan, being the political capital of the Yoruba kingdom, was well-positioned for the event and all possible support would be given towards its success.
Dr Wasiu maintained that the cultural value of the event would change the narrative about the Yoruba history as the importance of each particular crown worn by prominent Yoruba kings would be made known to those he called the inquisitive members of the public.