National carrier, Globacom, has pledged to collaborate with the organisers the annual Lisabi Festival and make it bigger and better than the previous editions. The week-long festival kicks off on Monday, February 24, 2014 at Abeokuta.
In a statement released by Globacom, the company said: “We have commenced pre-festival roadshows and town-storms to sensitize people to attend the Lisabi Festival in consonance with our tradition of ensuring successful organization of the festival. Part of our preparations for the festival includes enhancing the aesthetics of the city of Abeokuta and environs and supporting the round robin stages of the Lisabi football competition.”
To ensure quality attendance, the statement further enjoined Egba indigenes at home and in the diaspora to begin preparations in earnest and devise ways to contribute meaningfully to the success of 2014 Lisabi Festival which marks a watershed in their history as they celebrate the centenary celebration of Egba National Independence.
The Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, CFR, described last year’s Lisabi Festival as unique because of the new found unity and rapprochement amongst Egba Traditional Rulers.
About seventy Egba coronet Kings attended the festival which theme was aptly tagged Retaining the Girl Child in School. The paramount ruler used the occasion of the last festival to encourage parents to give university education to girls, adding that secondary education was now inadequate for a child to lead qualitative life.
During his speech at the festival last year, the Alake thanked Globacom for adding value to Lisabi Festival since it took over the sponsorship with the introduction of many creative programmes that resonate with the people and called on Egba indigenes to continue to encourage the company by patronising its services.
The Lisabi Festival is an annual celebration of freedom from oppression and dominance championed by the Egba progenitor, Lisabi Agbongboakala and a rallying point for indigenes to harness ideas on how to further the development of the entire Egbaland.
Events like Football, Ayo, Quiz and Debate competitions among the five local governments that constitute Egbaland will complement the usual traditional programmes of the festival.