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Oba (Dr) Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle MFR, the Olu of Ilaro & Paramount Ruler of Yewaland.

2023 Yewa Cultural Festival: CATABY Finalizes Preparations

BY ABUSATAR HAMED

ILARO-YEWA – The Carnival and Tourism Advancement Board of Yewaland (CATABY) is in the final stages of arranging the much-anticipated 2023 Yewa Cultural Festival.

This cultural extravaganza is being organized by the Yewa Peoples Development Council (YPDC), with the support and oversight of the Yewa Traditional Council (YTC), led by the Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, Oba (Dr) Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle, MFR.

Dubbed the ‘Celebration of Culture, Tradition, Music, Cuisine, and Dance,’ this festival aims to promote unity, preserve cultural identity, and catalyze socio-economic development within the Yewaland community.

The festivities are scheduled to take place from Saturday, October 7 to Sunday, October 15, 2023, spanning all five local government areas in Yewaland.

Grand Finale of this spectacular event will occur at the Ultra-Modern Pavilion in Ilaro-Yewa on Saturday, October 14, 2023. It will feature a range of attractions, including the presentation of Awards of Recognition to distinguished individuals in Yewaland.

The week-long event’s key highlights include a commemorative Jumat Service, a World Press Conference, the unveiling of the Festival Mascot in Ilaro-Yewa, a Medical Outreach across the five local government areas of Yewaland, the Yewaland Economic Summit, a Quiz Competition, the Unity Cup Football Competition, a Cultural Carnival, visits to Historical Cultural Sites in Yewaland, and a Thanksgiving Service.

Notable dignitaries expected at the Grand Finale on Saturday, October 14 include the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, CON; the Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Oyedele Salako, all elected National and State Assembly members, Chairmen of the five local government areas, government officials, traditional rulers from across Yewaland, titled and honorary chieftaincy holders, members of the diplomatic corps, and the general public.

This year’s Yewa Cultural Festival holds special significance for several reasons. Firstly, it marks the first occasion where all Yewa communities unite under the YPDC umbrella to jointly organize a Mega Cultural Festival, showcasing their diverse cultural heritage and the unique expressions of Yewa culture, customs, and traditions in music, dance, folklore, cuisine, and attire.

Secondly, the event’s programme reflects the cultural diversity of a people with a shared destiny, emphasizing the importance of unity, peaceful coexistence, love, and social and economic prosperity for Yewaland’s indigenous and resident populations.

Most importantly, the 2023 Yewa Cultural Festival serves as an avenue for charting a course towards socio-economic revival. The proposed Economic Summit stands as a strategic pathway to drive the socio-economic development of Yewaland.

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