The Ogun State government has pledged its full support for the celebration of the 2022 Odun Omo Iganmode Cultural Festival scheduled to hold in December.
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in the state, Mrs. Adijat Adeleye-Oladapo, gave this assurance at the official unveiling of the logo and theme of the festival held at the palace of Olota of Ota, Oba (Prof) Adeyemi Obalanlege.
She explained that the government threw his weight behind the festival in order to promote and preserve the cultural heritage as well as remember the forebears in the state.
Adeleye-Oladapo said that the Governor Dapo Abiodun-led administration is an epitome of culture and tradition, that ensures the maintenance of indigenous cultural heritage of the Ogun people.
Unveiling the logo of the festival with the theme, ‘Culture, Communal Security and Patriotism’, the commissioner lauded the Olota and the entire indigenes of Aworiland, for promoting their heritage, saying the celebration of previous festivals have added colour and glamour to the culture of the State, which in turn had given a boost to the tourism sector.
Earlier in his remarks, Oba Obalanlege said the uniqueness of Iganmode annual cultural festival is the promotion and exhibition of the exquisite culture and tradition of the Awori people.
He added that the festival is an avenue for every son and daughter of Aworiland, both at home and in the diaspora to converge and celebrate their past heroes and also plan on ways to move Aworiland forward.
In his welcome address, Chairman, 2022 Central Planning Committee, Dele Bankole, said that 2022 edition being the 30th would be celebrated in grand style, as past successes recorded would be built upon, adding that the grand finale for the week-long festival would hold on the 17th of December.
Speaking on the significance of the festival logo High Chief Oladele Adeniji, said the logo revealed the weapons Iganmode, a warlord used to fight for the peace of Aworiland, noting that the celebration of the festival is an avenue to appease the ancestors for continuous peace and progress for all the Awori people.