The organising committee of Igbogbo Day Celebration officially intimated to members of the public, plans to execute its annual carnival spectacle.
Billed to kick-off this November, the committee presented their agendas in a press conference which took place at the pavilion hall in the palace of the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom on the 12th of November 2022.
Propelled to stimulate unity and community development and cultural heritage, this year’s edition themed Ogo Tuntun (in Yoruba) meaning ‘New Glory’ in English, is the 34th anniversary of the historic festival which was inaugurated in 1988.
Former Secretary to the Lagos state government and GAC member, Funmi Basorun made his presence felt, bestowing significant leverage on the interactive forum.
Mr Titilope Andu-Balogun, Chairman, of the planning committee, in his opening speech, expressed that the event is set to gaze at ongoing projects across the LCDA and appreciate subjects responsible for making such developmental undertakings a reality.
He continued, “This celebration will also be used as an open channel to recognise indigenes who are out of the country, but has plans to join our neighbourhood growth agendas”.
He noted that the committee is not circumventing schemes to cater for students who are trying to further their education.
“Not forgetting the laudable assistance rendered by our outstanding Senator Tokunbo Abiru, a recipient of the 33rd edition, this year we’re poised to recognise Ikorodu federal lawmaker, Hon. Babajimi Benson MHR, for his support towards the development of Igbogbo land” Mr Balogun added.
According to the organisers, the celebration will also be wielded to mark the 6th coronation anniversary of HRM, Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, Adeboruwa of Igbogbo Kingdom.
Associating the Executive Chairman of Igbogbo Baiyeku LCDA, the organiser further affirmed conducting the 2022 security summit/ JTF meeting, in partnership with the Chairman of the council.
Sulaiman Ayodele, another committee member asserted that, not only the youths will be involved in the celebration, but they’ll also be orientated via the program to become better role models in the soil.
In the Q&A session, Elder statesman, Funmi Basorun took attendees down memory lane on the inception of the annual celebration, explaining the role of Igbogbo day celebration in community development.
“Ever since the start of this festival, we cannot begin to recount how it has been employed as a catalyst to foster development in this land”.
“Renovation of the palace was once embarked on by this initiative, even the Pavilion we’re seated in today is also part of the benefit of this celebration”.
With questions raised on structuring a Town hall for the LCDA, which was the objective of its prior 33rd edition, Funmi Basorun explained that plans are still in place to actualise it, expanding that the King, leaders & stakeholders are working tight-lipped on it.
“While we’re looking at unique ways this festivity is key to improve the community, we should also have it in our minds that the beautiful thing about this extravaganza is to bring both inhabitants and non-indigenes together” Basorun concluded
Mr Idris Adesina, Secretary of the planning committee, detailed the weekly program which includes; Prostrate Cancer Screening which is sponsored by Bldr Sesan Daini, Iwure/Jum’at & Public service day, Walkout with Adeboruwa/Igbogbo Day mega carnival & Elders Night with Adeboruwa, Induction into Igbogbo Hall Of Fame/Luncheon & Presentation of Awards of Excellence.
Induction into Igbogbo Ambassadors, Educational Quiz & Debate Competition, Cultural & Health Day, Security Summit to mark 2nd anniversary of JTF Igbogbo Baiyeku LCDA, Youth Empowerment Day, Beauty Pageant/Gala Night.
Community Development Day for all CDAs, Grand Finale & Christian Thanksgiving service.
The committee later confirmed to the public that the official Ankara to be used at the celebration is available to be purchased at 2,500 naira for 6 yards only at the palace.
It runs from the 12th to the 27th of November 2022.