Nigeria’s foremost telecommunications company, Globacom, has charged Nigerian youths to embrace indigenous culture and tradition, even as the company felicitated with the people of Ijebu Ode on the occasion of this year’s Ojude Oba Festival.
Globacom in a statement from its head office in Lagos, said Nigerian youths need to strive to strengthen the unity of the country by showing interest in the history of the different communities that make up Nigeria with a view to gaining greater understanding about their beneficial cultures and traditions.
Globacom, the main sponsor of the Ojude Oba festival, noted that the theme of the 2017 celebration, Ojude Oba: A Rich Heritage For Ijebu Unity, reinforces the truism that traditions, cultures and religious beliefs are key ingredients for uniting people.
“We owe the present generation and posterity the responsibility to join forces with men and women of goodwill to sustain the renewed drive towards the historical and cultural renaissance of our country”, Globacom said in the statement.
The company pledged its continued support for any initiative aimed at promoting the culture and tradition of Nigerian people, adding that this is one reason it has continued to partner with the Ojude Oba Festival Committee for the celebration of the authentic culture of the Ijebu people.
The telecommunications company also pledged to continue to provide world-class voice and data infrastructure that would enable all Nigerians to communicate seamlessly within the nation and across the world.
In his own remarks at the Ojude Oba Festival, the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, commended Globacom and its Chairman, Dr. Mike Adenuga, Jr., for their support for the festival for 11 years running.
He said Globacom’s unwavering support for indigenous culture and traditions will be rewarded by posterity, even as he prayed for the continued success of the company.
Globacom’s sponsorship of Ojude Oba this year covers Regberegbe and Baloguns’ competitions in which the Bobamayegun, Bobagbimo and Jagunmolu Okunrin Asiwaju came first, second and third respectively. In the female category, Arobayo, Bobagunte and Gbobaniyi .emerged winners in the first, second and third places winning N500, 000, N300, 000 and N200, 000 respectively. In the Balogun competition, the Kuku, Shoye and Alatise families came first, second and third respectively.
As usual, the company’s contribution to the success of this year’s edition of the festival includes a music fiesta at Equity Resort in Ijebu Ode, featuring the immensely talented hip-hop king, Innocent Ujah Idibia popularly known as Tuface and Fuji exponent, Saheed Osupa.
Other attractions included a beauty pageant also sponsored by Globacom. Miss Afolabi Mariam won the competition and was crowned Miss Ojude Oba 2017, while Obadiya Oluwasanumi and Miss. Adeniyi Oluwabukola emerged first and second runners-up, respectively.