The paramount ruler of the Ijebu people of Ogun State, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona has lauded telecommunications giant, Globacom for being pivotal to the development of the cultures and traditions that bind Nigerians together.
The Monarch who also gave kudos to the Chairman of the company, Dr. Mike Adenuga Jnr. said posterity would remember the business guru for adding vent to the promotion of tourism through his company’s sponsorships of festivals in the nation.
Oba Adetona said these at the recently concluded Ojude Oba festival which was held in Ijebu Ode on Sunday. The festival which Globacom has sponsored for eleven years, is an event during which sons and daughters of Ijebuland converge to pay homage to the king as well as form alliances for the development of the land.
Earlier, the Chairman of Globacom in his goodwill address read by Mr. Folu Aderibigbe had charged Nigerian youths to show interest in the histories of the different communities that constitute the nation Nigeria with a view to gaining greater understanding about their beneficial cultures and traditions. He said this understanding would advance the unity of the country.
According to him, the theme of this year’s celebration, Ojude Oba: A Rich Heritage For Ijebu Unity confirms that traditions, cultures and religious beliefs are basic ingredients which have united peoples and races throughout the history of mankind. He said they also serve as the superstructure constructed by heroes past to ensure the continued well being of the people.
“We also wish to appeal to all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic and religious persuasions to do all within their capabilities to strengthen that cord of unity that has always bound us together. 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”, Adenuga added.
He opined that the sustained partnership with the Ojude Oba Festival Committee was reflective of his network’s passionate commitment to being at the forefront of major initiatives to promote the best of Nigeria’s cultures, values, desires and traditions.
“We are proud of our newly-acquired badge of honour as the biggest corporate promoter of the Arts including celebration of traditions, cultures and desires of Nigeria and her peoples”, he said, while reiterating its commitment to the continued provision of world-class voice and data infrastructure that will enable all Nigerians to communicate seamlessly within the nation and across the world.
The telecommunications firm also presented prizes to winners of the Regberegbe and Baloguns’ competitions during the parade of the groups before the traditional ruler.
Arobayo, Bobagunte and Gbobaniyi won in the female category while Bobamayegun, Bobagbimo and Jagunmolu won first, second and third respectively winning N500, 000, N300, 000 and N200, 000 respectively.