Oke’Badan Festival: Glo Now Major Sponsor, Signs Festival Sponsorship Pact
Oke ‘Badan, the age long festival of unity celebrated annually by Ibadan indigenes, has received a major boost as Nigeria’s national carrier, Globacom, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the organisers of the festival to sponsor the festival.
Globacom, speaking through its Zonal Business Coordinator (West), Mr Dare Oyewale, said the company is proud to associate with Oke ‘Badan Festival because it serves as a reminder of the historical antecedents of Ibadan people.
“This collaboration with the Ibadan people will further strengthen the festival and turn it to a world-class event which will attract tourists from across the world'” said Oyewale.
“It is our belief that this partnership will further foster a symbiotic relationship which will bring immense benefits to both Globacom and Ibadanland,” he said.
He described the festival as a social pot where all divergent issues affecting the lives of the people in the community are melted; where the sons and daughters of Ibadanland both home and abroad consider themselves as brothers and sisters as well as a cornerstone for the development of the community socially, politically and economically.
The Chief Operating Officer of Kingsize Entertainment which is packaging the festival, Mr Lanre Alabi, said the festival is to commemorate the protection and blessings which the founders of Ibadanland received from the hills during internecine wars with other communities in Yorubaland.
The festival, he added, is also to pray for future blessings upon the community, to foster peace and mutual cooperation among the indigenes and their guests as well as set the pace for healthy re-unions.
According to the Aboke of Ibadanland who is the direct custodian of the festival, Chief Ifasola Ifamapowa, Oke ‘Badan is celebrated in commemoration of the life and times of one of the forebears of Ibadanland, Lagelu as well as the noble roles of the early rulers of Ibadan including Labosinde, Maye, Oluyole, Oderinlo, Opeagbe, Oluyedun and Lakanle, among others.
Features of the week-long celebration include town parade, cultural ceremonies, and homage to the Olubadan of Ibadanland.
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