ABEOKUTA – The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo has described Abeokuta and the entire Egbaland as centre for monument and Western Civilization in Nigeria.
The Alake disclosed this on Wednesday while receiving the Photographers’ Classroom at the Ake Palace, Ake in Abeokuta.
Oba Gbadebo maintained that, Abeokuta remain an historical city being the first to came in contact with the Europeans in 1881.
He pointed out that, the city which harbours the first church in Nigeria, first Auditorium Hall, first Hospital, should be attractive enough for tourists both within and outside Nigeria.
He therefore urged the Photographers group to avail themselves of the tourist sites such as Olumo rock, the first church in Nigeria, the first hospital, among othes.
He however, advised them to patronize the Adire/Kampala market, Ofada market, Lafun (yam flour) market as souvenirs for their loved ones.
Speaking on behalf of the photographers, Comrade Olawale said the Photographers’ Classrooms is a professional institute where people interested in culture and tradition were trained.
Comrade Olawale said touring of historical sites in Abeokuta was part of their professional duty to expose the beautification of Egba Nation.
“We have visited other major towns and cities, before coming to Abeokuta, but the way and manner we were received by the Alake and the people of Egbaland was beyond our expectation.
“We have been participating only in the Lisabi Festival in the past, but we will like to participate in other Egba festival activities as well. We therefore express our gratitude to the Alake, Lisabi Committee and all Egba Chiefs for receiving us at the Palace today.”
Notable Egba High Chiefs present at the courtesy visit include; the Olu-Oke-Odo Ilupeju; Oba Mufutawu Akindele, Onijaiye of Ijaiye Titun; the Baagbimo of Egbaland; Akanni Akinwale, the Chairman, Lisabi Festival committee and the Agba Akin; Captain Raji Rasheed, The Bantun of Egbaland; Kehinde Shofenwa and the Aare Baroyin of Egbaland; Olootu Layi Labode.