Thrills, frills, as Gani Adams storms Ile-Ife for Oodua Festival
National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, Otunba Gani Adams, on Wednesday arrived at Ile Ife, Osun State, to kick off the annual Oodua Festival, which took place on Thursday
Adams is the Chief Promoter of Olokun Festival Foundation, OFF, organisers of the Oodua Festival, an offshoot of the OPC, saddled with the responsibility of promoting the culture, tradition of, and moral values among the Yoruba race.
The ace Yoruba heritage propagator, Adams, stormed Ile-Ife with fanfare, accosted by several top members of Nigerian media and entertainment industries as well as a retinue of members of OPC who trooped in from many states of the federation and their Oodua Progressives Union, OPU, counterparts from several contries of the world.
The annual Oodua Festival kicked off on Wednesday night with the Beauty Pageants Contest which featured sleek looking ladies in series of fitting dresses that sent sparkles into the sky to add colour and glamour to the charged atmosphere at Hilton Hotels, Ile-Ife, venue of the event..
On Thursday, the Festival moved to the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi Enitan, The Ojaja 1, where the grand finale of the 2017 edition of the Oodua Festival held at the Palace Square.
Adams told Oodua Voice Radio and Magazine that this year’s event is unique as it witnessed a large turnout of participants from the fold of OPC, particularly, members of the OPU, who trooped in from outside the country to identify with their race in celebrating Oduduwa, the father of Yoruba.
“The fact that we are here, more in number than we were last year is a testimony that we are advancing as a group. We are not static and we are not barren. We are waxing stronger in strength. We have been able to install sanity in OPC by identifying the bad eggs and weeding them away to give room for unfettered implementation of our agenda for the race.
“The Yoruba believes so much in the spirit of Omoluabi. We are repository of knowledge and good moral. That is why we have been able to tower above every other race to becoming the reference point to all in the field of development and resourceful leadership,” he said.
On Friday, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi will took the baton from the Ooni to host the OPU, as it will be holding its world congress in Oyo town.
Otunba Gani Adams is the Worldwide Convener of the Oodua Progressives Union.