Culture, regarded as a symbol of pride and identity of a people holds prominence in the African continent.
The African continent, home to rich, diverse populations hosts different fascinating customs, cultures and traditions, signifying powerful history and unique cultural heritage.
Throughout pre civilisation, till today, western influences have threatened to erode the African culture – although exertive tussle has overtime witnessed rapid erosion of some cultural values, the root still stands unwavering, hence the need for its preservation at all costs.
Nigeria, a multi-ethnic and culturally diverse society inhabited by over 250 ethnic groupings, 521 languages and 1150 dialects hosts three largest and most dominant ethnic groups- Hausa, Yoruba, and Igbo. The Yorubas, a people inhibiting Western Nigeria trace their origins to the ancient Ile-Ife kingdom founded by the deities Oduduwa and Obatala, dating back around 500 B.C. Fast forward to modern day, although colonisation still poses a threat towards preservation of historical monuments and narratives, efforts are in top gear by noteworthy ambassadors to ensure the Yoruba culture remains wholly undiluted from foreign influences.
In comes in foremost industrialist and top society lady, the Iyalaje of Apapa” Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade, Chief Executive Officer of Fisolak Global Resources and Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of Rashkol International Logistic ltd, Apapa, Lagos, who over the years has established herself as a worthy ambassador, ever ready champion of the cause of the Yoruba race, she has served sole promoter of the annual Aje Festival (Festival of Wealth) in Ile-Ife, attracting wide spread attention globally.
It was an unforgettable affair, over the weekend amid pomp and pageantry as the la creme gathered at the ancestral home of the Yorubas, Ile Ife as Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade was officially installed the Iyalaje Oodua by his Imperial Majesty Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II,
See sneak peek at the investiture: