Lagos Lawmaker, Sanai Agunbiade Urges Youth To Embrace Culture Says; ASA Will Soon Turn Ikorodu To Tourist Centre

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    A lawmaker in Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Ikorodu Constituency 1, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade has advised the youth to see ASA (culture) as part of their heritage that must not be allowed to die.

    Speaking during the annual ASA Carnival in Ebute Area of Ikorodu, Agunbiade stated that time had come for the people of Ikorodu and the entire Yoruba race to see culture as part of them rather than hiding under religion to neglect what they inherited from their forefathers.

    ASA Carnival 2019 held at Ebute in Ikorodu Area of Lagos State on Saturday 2nd November, 2019.

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    Agunbiade, who doubles as the Majority Leader of the House, said in his welcome address that he was moved when he saw ASA Culture on display during a visit to Dublin with some of his colleagues in 2013.

    The lawmaker stated that this was why he decided to sponsor the first edition of ASA Carnival in Ikorodu in 2017.

    “ASA Carnival, which is part of our culture. Religion has overtaken our culture and we spend money to go abroad to see their culture.

    “When I went to Dublin in 2013, I was welcomed by ASA and I felt we should promote it here.

    “We went to Ile Ife in Osun State and we discovered that ASA started from Iremoland and the people of Iremoland layer moved to Remo that is now under Ogun State and they are close to us.

    ‘People have started to promote it as we started in 2017 and we have written a book on it. We are going to have an array of Parade of ASA today,” he said.

    Agunbiade stressed that religion should not disturb the people from our culture, adding that idol worshipping is different from culture.

    He added that he and his team wanted to promote what the Yoruba forefathers started and make sure it did not die.

    He explained that they discovered that the culture of the people was dying and so they had to bring it back, which was why they organised the event through Ikorodu Rebirth Project (IRep).

    “We have written about so many people that have to do with our culture.

    “We have a lot of things that can become tourism centres in Ikorodu. We will ensure that Ikorodu becomes the tourism hub of Ikorodu.

    “We are calling on the Lagos State Ministry of Art, Culture and Tourism to give us more support for the project so that it can move forward and be better,” he said.

    Speaking at the event, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, emphasised on the need to promote Yoruba Language.

    Obasa stated that Yoruba Language should be spoken regularly among the people and urged the people to continue to propagate the Yoruba culture.

    On parade at the carnival were ASA Ijomu Parade, Igbogbo Parade, Remoland Parade, Isele Parade, and Imota Parade.

    Others were ASA Imowo-Nla Parade, Okeletu Parade, Agura Parade, Aga Parade and special parade by Council of Elekus.

    Guests at the event included the wife of of the Speaker of the LSHA, Mrs. Falilat Obasa and wives of some other lawmakers in the House.

    Also present at the event were Ayangburen of Ikorodu Kingdom, Oba (Engr.) Kabir Adewale Sotobi, Olubese of Ibese, Oba Richard Abayomi Ogunsanya, Adegboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom, Oba (Barrister) Abdulsemiu Orimadegun Kasali, Chairman of Ikorodu Oga Development Association, Otunba Ganiu Abiru, and Hon. Saka Nurudeen Solaja, representing Ikorodu Constituency 2 in LSHA.

    Others were Special Adviser to Lagos State Governor on Agriculture and Co-Operative, Miss. Ruth Bisola Olusanya, Vice Chairman APC East Senatorial District, Asipa Kaoli Olatunji Olusanya, Agbaakin of Ikorodu Kingdom, Otunba Ayodele Elesho and Hon. Abiodun Majekodunmi.

    Also at the event were the Chairman of Ikorodu West LCDA, Hon. Jumoke Ademehin, Alhaji M.A Gafar, representative of the Commissioner for Arts and Culture in Lagos State, Chairman of NURTW, Ikorodu, Ranodu of Imota, Ikorodu, Oba Ajibade Agoro.

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