Arrangements have been concluded to mark one-year on the throne of His Imperial Majesty, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ojaja 11 in Ile-Ife by the Mainstreetz Promotions in conjunction with the Royal Court of Ife with a multi-million naira carnival slated for December 7, 2016.
Disclosing this at a press conference held in the press centre of the palace of Ooni, the project leader, Onyebuchi Desmond, said that the festival is tagged “Oti se se (it is possible).
This proposed carnival is a cultural festival conceived for the office of Ooni Ogunwusi to celebrate his ascension and landmark reign.
The carnival is also projected at bringing all Yoruba (Odua descents)and well wishers from different parts of Nigeria and in diaspora to rejoice the reign of the new Ooni of Ife and revel the legacy of Odua.
According to Desmond, “about one million guests are expected at the two-day carnival which includes top government functionaries at the Federal and State levels, royal and traditional rulers, foreign embassies and missions, distinguished associations from Nigeria and abroad, visiting guests and dignitaries, among others.”
Stressing the importance of the carnival, Desmond said, “we are using this opportunity to draw the attention of the general public to this upcoming event which is poised to be one of the biggest cultural showcase in Osun State and Nigeria. Ile-Ife is the cradle of Yoruba civilization and to have an annual celebration bringing people together from far and wide is an opportunity that should be utilized.”
He added that, “We want to create a platform for entertainment, education and re-awakening of the youths to the cultural values of Odua that will help foster unity and prosperity of Nigeria”
On the issue of security, Desmond assured that all guests to the carnival would be adequately and appropriately secured as arrangements by the organizers in collaboration with all the security agencies, the vigilantes and the youths who would be fully mobilized and get paid for their services have been mapped out.
In his contribution, the Chief Operating Officer of the group, Seun Famodu, said that “the carnival is aimed at consolidating the vision of Ooni Ogunwusi in transforming Ile-Ife as the cultural and tourism capital of Nigeria, promoting the vast business opportunities and potentials that abide in Ile-Ife.”
This, he said prompted Mainstreetz Promotions and Achievas Entertainment to be involved in the multi-million naira project.
He also disclosed that “the cultural interactive and entertainment activities would include tour and sightseeing of prestigious Ile-Ife landmarks and colourful fete parade, star studded musical concert and a royal banquet among others.”