ABEOKUTA – Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi have called on Yoruba race to ensure the preservation of culture, norms and tradition of Yorubas.
The duo spoke at the grand finale of 3rd Queen Moremi Beauty Pageant held at Providence Hotel and Suites in Abeokuta on Sunday.
They said the call became necessary so that, the Yoruba culture will not go into extinction and continue to be reference point for generations unborn.
Governor Amosun vowed that his administration will do all within its powers to preserve the Yoruba culture, tradition, tourism and language from going into extinction.
The governor pledged to extend the pageantry to other states of the country that are not yet included.
The Governor, who thanked the Royal Fathers for the honour done his wife by making her the Moremi Ajasoro of Yorubaland, noted that the support and encouragement he is getting from them and the people would continue to spur him to do more.
Governor Amosun who promised his government’s support for promotion of culture, charged traditional rulers in the Yoruba states to continue promoting the rich cultural heritage of the region.
Oba Ogunwusi however called on other south west state governors to emulate their Ogun State counterpart by implementing policies that will promote the cultural heritage of the Yoruba nation.
“What we are witnessing today is unprecedented. Governor Amosun has taken our rich culture to another level. We are also proud of him on the infrastructural development of Ogun State.
According to him, Amosun, through his uncommon transformation, has made Ogun State the best state in the country and fastest growing economy in the western zone.
Oba Ogunwusi said QMA pageant would go a long way in propagating the culture and tradition of the Yoruba race and the legacy of Queen Moremi Ajansoro, who was a much revered queen, with a character and sacrificial life that stood her out amongst her equals.
‘’It is important that we are proud of our cultural heritage and impact it on our children. We must all rise to promote and defend our tradition so that the sacrifice of our fore fathers will not be in vain. We will continue to encourage our young girls to value their culture and language and emulate the virtues of the Queen’’, he said.
Oba Ogunwusi commended the Governor for the developmental projects and the giant strides accomplished during his administration, disclosing that the state has been put on autopilot for progress.
While praying for a successor that will continue the good works of Governor Amosun, Oba Ogunwusi appreciated Governor Amosun for taking care of Royal Fathers, for uplifting culture in the State and for hosting the pageantry.
Meanwhile, the wife of Ogun State Governor, Mrs. Olufunso Amosun has appealed to Yoruba indigenes to uphold the Yoruba traditional and cultural values through speaking and propagation of the language among the younger generations.
Mrs. Amosun noted that the programme was in consonance with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi’s mandate, to promote art and culture in Yorubaland and beyond, as well as to immortalise the heroine, Queen Moremi Ajansoro.
While stating that the pageant was one of the ways Yoruba culture and language could be preserved from extinction, the Wife of the Governor stressed the need for women and generation coming behind to appreciate the virtue of Queen Ajansoro, in order to draw inspiration from her heroics among the Yoruba nation.
She said Moremi Pageant was to celebrate Yoruba women intellectuality.
She added that, the beauty pageant was showcase the inner and outward beauty of Yoruba ladies in line with the rich culture and traditions of Yoruba as exemplified by the legendary Yoruba woman, Moremi Ajasoro.
According to her, “Moremi pageant is about woman of valour, a pageant that celebrates woman’s intellectuality, I belief in their inner beauty. The contestants are highly cerebral.”
Miss Oreoluwa Adedamola Toluhi, who emerged from the 22 finalists was crowned the 2018/2019 Queen Moremi Ajansoro (QMA), equally carted away a brand New Camry Salon Car, with a cash prize of One Million Naira.