The Vice-president of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo was at the University of Ibadan on Tuesday 23rd November 2021 amidst tight security at the launch of the World Yoruba Center which was held at the John Paul II building opposite the university bookshop.
The visoner of the project, Chief Also Adebayo stated that the project is a brainchild of the International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture (INCEYAC), explained that the project signposts a new chapter in the advancement of Yoruba culture, history, tradition and values. He added that launching would feature the opening of the centre’s temporary abode, the presentation of a full documentary on the Yoruba World Centre, and the laying of the foundation at the permanent site by the vice president.
“The centre will serve as a one-stop-shop that offers old, new, recreated and reconstructed materials for researchers, lecturers, students, authors, journalists, historians and members of the public interested in Yoruba history, arts and culture, as a tool for nation-building, national cohesion, and mutual understanding,” he said.
Osinbajo who spoke at the event stressed the culture is a viable pathway towards nation building. He said, ” To cope well, we must draw strength from our cultural capital – the wealth of tangible and intangible knowledge that emanates from a society’s core and enables it to cope with change”. He also added “One of the tasks of scholars, enthusiasts and citizens interested in understanding the Yoruba heritage is to use culture as a tool for helping us discern our place in the world and to rekindle our visionary capabilities. This World Centre will therefore serve not just as a place of memory but as a place that inspires us and fires our collective imagination, even within the dynamic contexts of advances in technology, ideas and thought”
When completed, the Yoruba World Centre will have a standard library, an archive, a museum, a recreation, reconstruction and digital centre, a broadcasting and film village, and an artificial forest (zoo)
Other eminent personalities who attended the event includes the Are Ona Kakanfo, Iba Gani Adams; GMD, Odua Investment, Raji Adebayo; DAWN Commission DG, Mr Seye Oyeleye, Arch. Muyiwa Ige, deputy governors of Ogun and Ondo States and other notable Yoruba leaders and groups.
Source: Vanguard Newspaper, The Sun Newspaper