A non-governmental organisation in Osogbo, Osun State under the auspices of Ben-Ber Foundation, has inaugurated a cultural hub and children’s books for the promotion of Yoruba culture and language. It is in memory of the late Deacon Benjamin Adeyemi Kolade and his wife, late Chief Bernice Alake Kolade.
The cultural hub and books were inaugurated by the Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mr Benedict Alabi, at the residence of the Kolades in Osogbo, Osun State capital.
The Deputy Governor who was represented by the Commissioner for Human Resources, Alhaja Lateefat Giwa, described the late Baba and Mama Kolade in glowing terms and praised the children for the unique way they remembered their parents.
Guests at the events included the state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Dr. Obawale Adebisi, the former Deputy Speaker of Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Muritala Akintunde Adegboye, Commissioner for Rural Development and Community Affairs Hon. Segun Olanibi, the former Commissioner for Lands, Architect Muyiwa Ige, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Women and Children Affairs, Mrs. Folakemi Adebayo and the ace broadcaster, Mr Adetoyese Shittu Alamu.
The first child of the family, Mrs Abokede Aderonke Funmi, in her remarks, said the foundation would provide training on economically viable vocations that would promote Yoruba culture in areas of weaving of Asooke, making of Adire, designing of clothes and making headgear and caps.
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Abokede said that there should be effort to ensure that Yoruba language does not go into extinction. She said: “To this effect, the foundation has embarked on publication of children’s book that will promote Yoruba language and cultural heritage”.
Mrs. Abokede said Ben-Ber Foundation will complement the efforts of Osun State government in building inclusive society and giving voice to the voiceless.
She urged the government to dedicate a day to wearing of Adire attire so as to inculcate culture in the citizens. The son of the deceased, Mr Femi Kolade expressed gratitude to guests and dignitaries that graced the remembrance of their parents. The children of Special Schools in Osogbo electrified the garden with various performances as they displayed their talents. Abokede presented to some children with exceptional performances including Awe Oluwatobiloba Michael and Amilola Onifade.