People in the Yoruba Creative Industry have been encouraged to hone their skills in order to export it to other countries where there are Yoruba speakers across the globe as this can be a source of foreign exchange. This was unveiled by Mr. Adedeji D. Tarnner, a prolific Yoruba writer at the Christmas Edition of Yoruba Lakotun, a quarterly cultural show in Ikoyi, Lagos.
The author of Alajobi, Tobiloba, Aye Pegba, Ayinikeand other several Yoruba books, Adedeji D. Tarnner, admonished the Yoruba Creative Industry to research into our cultural heritage in order to get unadulterated materials to present to the world.
According to him, ‘The Yoruba Creative Industry is ripe for harvest through her various skills which is not available in other parts of the globe. The unique tradition and lifestyle of the Yoruba can be exported because all other cultures and languages that have made meaningful impact globally transcended their territory for it to be adopted by other cultures. Yorubas need to fine-tune their crafts; preserve it and export it to other regions across the world through technology and literature.
Also, we need to consciously eschew foreign vices, such as the use of guns on fellow humans, which have crept into our communities as a result of foreign influences on our cultures. We need to continue to place value on human lives,’ he added.
While welcoming the audience to the heavily wreathed event for the Christmas edition, the host, Olutayo Irantiola, said, that the nature has created a distinction across different countries with seasons. As Yorubas are preparing for Harmattan when fruits get ripened, the Western world is preparing for winter when snow drop. He encouraged everyone to appreciate nature for her benevolence to all human race across the world.
The Christmas edition of the programme was dedicated to Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, Emugoriade I, the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo land, Ikorodu Division who just ascended the throne of his fathers. There were performance poetry from different Yoruba spoken word acts to the delight of the audience, some of the acts include Ogunyemi AbdulRahman popularly known as Ojogbon Akewi Remo; Olayemi Olajide popularly called Kongo Oro and Aremo Oluwaseun Obafemi.
The edition of Yoruba Lakotun was attended by cultural enthusiasts drawn from Corporate and Social Nigeria.
(c)Olutayo IRAN-TIOLA, Lagos, Nigeria