FG Pushes for Ojude Oba to Gain UNESCO Festival Status


Ojude Oba

The federal government on Tuesday disclosed its desire to activate plans to list the annual Ojude Oba festival, as one of the of the festivals backed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Minister of Culture, Art and Creative Economy, Barrister Hannatu Musa-Musawa, who said this at the annual Ojude Oba festival, held at Awujale’s pavilion, Ijebu-Ode, noted that the annual festival is in tune with the President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda mandate for the ministry, which seeks to take revenue generation from tourism to over $100bn by 2030.

The global festival which showcases the rich cultural heritage and endowments of the people of Ijebuland is celebrated every third day of Eid-el-Adha.

This theme for this year’s celebrations is “Ojude Oba: Unity and Harmony, Our Gift”

The Minister described the annual festival as a platform that fosters the unity of the country in diversity, as well as one of the country’s tourism potentials that can be tapped into to diversify the economy from oil and generates more resources for the country.

She said, “in line with the President Bola Tinubu’s Renewed Hope Agenda, the Ministry will always collaborate with stakeholders to promote, preserve and protect the rich cultural heritage of our nation to ensure it reaches its enviable height according to our vision for the Ministry called destination 2030.

“This vision considers the potentials in arts, culture and creative economy in terms of its ability to create economic expansion. Our ambitious goals is predicated on this drive which is capable of yielding over $100bn, an increase in the gross domestic product by the year 2030”.


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