As part of efforts to preserve the beautiful cultural heritage of the Yoruba people in the face of daunting challenges particularly human activities such as globalisation and civilization that has continued to threaten, about 20, 000 youths are networking for a programme tagged the Amala hangout.
The Amala hangout, a mobile community of over 20,000 youths all across the world is a melting pot of intellectuals, professionals and entrepreneurs who are passionate custodians of culture and share a common love for the popular southwestern staple known as amala and who, as part of their commitment to making things work in their environment designed the programme.
The aim of the hangout is to become a model for culinary historic research where people enjoy history and appreciate how it affects their present and future using amala as the focal point.
The amala hangout also aims at uniting different people from different walks of life irrespective of their tribe, race or religion using food (amala) as the unifying factor.
The Ibadan edition is held quarterly at the National Museum of Unity, Ibadan and the last edition of the programme was held in July with over two hundred participants.
Now, the programme has been repackaged and will be held in Ibadan at the end of November with at least a thousand participants with activities which include visit to the Gallery of the National Museum of Unity, lecture on mental health awareness by Mentally Aware Nigeria Initiative (MANI), amala eating competition, lecture on reproductive health by Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI), music, comedy and dance as well as board games (chess, ludo, ayo olopon, draughts and monopoly).