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Erinmo To Hold Agidanyin Founder’s Day festival Saturday



By Richard Akintade, Osogbo

All is now set for this year edition of the annual Agidanyin Founder’s Day Festival in Erinmo Kingdom, Oriade Local Government area of Osun State.

According to the Elerinmo of Erinmo Kingdom, Oba Odunayo Ajayi, Arowotawaya II and the Chairman, Planning Committee for this year celebration, Chief Taiwo Agbonmagbe, the Obaloro of Erinmo in a press statement issued and made available to our Correspondent, Agidanyin festival is a traditional festival celebrated annually to remember the great progenitor of Erinmo who was Agidanyin the son of Obalufon Alayemore. 

The statement described Agidanyin as a great fearless warrior who participated active by in several wars especially the numerous inter-tribal wars at that time.
“Among the Kings who have joined the Elerinmo and the residents to celebrate Agidanyin festival in the past include, the Ooni of Ife, Alaaye of Efon Alaaye in EKiti state, Elegboro of Ijebu-Jesa and Ajalaiye of Ipetu-Ijesa”.

Oba Arowotawaya in the statement, harped on the importance of upholding cultural heritage in the nation saying Agidanyin festival is a medium to make the world realise the significance of upholding the strong heritage and culture of the land.
According to the culture and tradition loving monarch, “here in Erinmo Kingdom, we want to use this medium to make the world know that what we are doing is upholding the strong heritage and culture of the Yoruba race, to showcase our tradition and culture to the entire world and we want to keep it intact while we do not want anything to dilute our tradition and inheritance from our race”.

“We are calling on all our sons, daughters, friends and associates of Erinmo both at home and in diaspora to join us in celebrating this festival holding on Saturday December 10, 2022 at Elerinmo’s Palace Foyer by 9am”.

The Royal father of the day for this year event according to the statement is Kabiyesi Owa Oye of Imesi Ile, Oba Enoch Ademila Akinyemi Oyoyo II, while Hon Oluwole Oke, the House of Representatives member representing Oriade/Obokun Federal Constituency will be the Chairman of the occasion as well as the Olobu of Ilobu in Irepodun local government area of Osun state, Oba Ashiru Olatoye Olaniyan, the Special Guest of Honour for the day.

Some of these traditional Chiefs of the ancient community, the Lebedo of Erinmo, Chief Joseph Osobu, Edinmo of Erinmo, Chief Joseph Agbesuyi and Loja of Afajigede Ijaregbe Ilesa, Chief Rotimi Oniyaomebi would join the Elerinmo to pray for Erinmo Kingdom, the residents, Osun state, friends and associates, saying the festival is not for merry making alone.

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Cross River govt signs over N2bn deal on entertainment centre



The Government of Cross River State, through one of its agencies, the Cross River State Tourism Bureau, signed an expandable N2 billion deal on Friday with a development partner, Blake Excellency Resort Limited, for the establishment of a one-stop entertainment centre.

The Managing Director of the Cross River State Tourism Bureau, Prince Ojoi Ekpenyong, revealed that the entertainment centre would be located in the Tortulga Island area of the Marina Resort, which has remained deserted for the past two decades.

He described the investment as an additional benefit because it would take people off the streets while providing more than 200 job opportunities for the state’s people.

He stressed that the state’s revenue would increase.

Ojoi maintained that the state is ready to open up to business and is willing to cooperate with any investor who can create job opportunities and significantly develop the state’s economy.On his part, the Chief Executive Officer of Blake Excellency Resort Limited, Mr. Uzochukwu Akunedozi, said the entertainment center would accommodate kids, youths, and senior citizens.

He noted that the facilities expected in the entertainment center include a dining restaurant, lounge, a pool, boat cruise, water slides, gaming center for kids, and a floater that can accommodate 50 to 60 people who wish to celebrate their birthdays or any events on top of the water, among other features.

“Blake Resort is meant for entertainment; it has hosted people from across the globe, and the testimonies are there to verify. We are here to add value to what has been done in Cross River State. I’m excited because I feel privileged to be part of what the Cross River State government is doing, which is tourism, and without an iota of doubt, Cross River State is the number one tourist destination in West Africa.

“I’m in a hurry to deliver, and I’m in a hurry to do more than I have said. Our duty is to exceed your expectations. We are looking at between now and October; we should be hitting the ground running”, he added.

Witnessing the signing, the Special Adviser to the Governor on general duties, Barrister Ekpenyong Akiba, expressed satisfaction with the partnership deal and assured that the state government would continue to create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive in the state

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