The Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, has urged the present generation to promote the Yoruba cultural heritage so as not to incur the anger of generation unborn.
The monarch stated this while speaking at the World Sango Day, which was held at his palace, in Oyo on Saturday.
Oba Adeyemi charged the other traditional rulers in Yoruba land to promote Yoruba culture and tradition, he claimed that the generation unborn will not forgive them if the value is lost.
He said, “Generation unborn will not forgive us if we failed to promote Yoruba cultural heritage, I want to charge you to promote our cultural heritage in your respective domains.”
“It is a challenge for us in Yoruba land if we forget our culture and tradition, let us teach our children Yoruba culture and tradition, there is a difference between religion and culture, don’t be ashamed to dress in Yoruba attires, our culture should even reflect in the way we eat.”
Adeyemi, while emphasising on the importance of the World Sango Festival, described the Sango as one of the Alaafin of Oyo before he later became a deity.
The monarch stated that Sango possessed the ability to fight his opponent without physical encounter.
He called on families in the Yoruba land to start teaching their children Yoruba language in their different homes and schools.
Adeyemi pointed out that the Yoruba language is been taught in over 26 Universities in America, as he urged his kinsmen to take the culture of the tribe seriously.
Wasiu Olatubosun, the Commissioner for Information, Culture, and Tourism in the state while speaking stated that the Sango festival is not only celebrated in the state.
He noted that it is celebrated across the world and this makes some foreign nationals attend the Sango festival.
Olatubosun pointed out that the Sango festival is done every year in remembrance of the impact of Alaafin Sango as one of the Alaafin’s and also as a deity, adding that Sango will forever be remembered as far as Yoruba land is a concern.
“By next year, the state government will have to promote this festival to be included in one of the UNESCO programs and celebrated as that one of Osun/Oshogbo festival, Sango is one of the most celebrated in the world.”
“Our culture should be celebrated more than that in of the Western world, let us all go back home and teach our children our culture because there is a difference between religion and culture.”
He urged on the people of Oyo State to support the state governor, Seyi Makinde to promote Yoruba culture and heritage in the state.