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Sanwo-Olu applauded for declaring Yoruba Week

  • May 2, 2024
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Sanwo-Olu applauded for declaring Yoruba Week

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THE Lagos State Coordinator of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW), Modupeola Kalejaiye has praised Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for recently declaring a Yoruba Week in Lagos State. The Lagos State Government’s announcement designates the last week of September each year as Yoruba Week. The decision follows a resolution passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly on September 19, 2023, as an Act of Parliament and recently assented to by the state governor.

“As the Lagos State Coordinator of the Society of Nigerian Writers, I am honoured to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on the historic declaration of Yoruba Week. The Lagos State Government’s announcement designating the last week of September annually as Yoruba Week marks a significant milestone. It reflects our collective recognition of the Yoruba culture’s profound impact on our identity, language, arts and traditions. This celebration will serve as a beacon of unity and pride for all Lagosians.”

The week will showcase the multifaceted beauty of Yoruba heritage, from the rhythmic beats of talking drums to the intricate patterns of adire fabric and lots more. Through traditional attire, music, dance, cuisine, and storytelling, Lagosians will honour their ancestors and inspire future generations.

“As writers, we understand the power of words to shape narratives and influence minds,” Kalejaiye explained. “Yoruba Week encourages us to weave stories that celebrate our roots, resilience, and creativity. Let us embrace our mother tongue, celebrate our folklore, and amplify Yoruba voices. Our cultural pride will strengthen our sense of belonging and foster unity.”

The Yoruba literary tradition boasts luminaries like D.O. Fagunwa, Amos Tutuola, and Wole Soyinka, Akinwunmi Ishola, Femi Osofisan, Modupe Oduyoye, among many others. Their works have transcended borders and enriched global literature. During Yoruba Week, Lagos will pay homage to these literary giants and encourage budding writers to explore Yoruba themes in their creative endeavours.

As Yoruba communities thrive globally, Yoruba Week extends an invitation to the diaspora Yoruba, whose sons and daughters are encouraged to participate virtually or visit Lagos during the celebration. The week aims to bridge continents, exchange ideas, and strengthen the global Yoruba network.

“We encourage all Lagosians to actively participate in Yoruba Week events, engage in dialogue, and celebrate our shared heritage,” Kalejaiye urged. “Let us use this platform to amplify Yoruba voices, celebrate our traditions, and promote cultural understanding. By celebrating Yoruba week, we strengthen our collective bond and contribute to the tapestry that makes Lagos state a beacon of diversity and creativity. His visionary leadership ensures that our heritage remains vibrant and relevant. We look forward to a memorable inaugural Yoruba Week and many more to come.”

Yoruba Week in September will coincide with the official opening of JK Randle Centre for Yoruba History and Culture, an Africa themed museum opposite the National Museum at Onikan, Lagos Island.

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