OAU com­mit­ted to pro­mo­tion of African cul­ture - VC

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hameed Oyeg­bade, Osogbo

The Vice-chan­cel­lor of Obafemi Awolowo Univer­sity (OAU), Ile-Ife, Pro­fes­sor Ey­i­tope Ogun­bod­ede, says the in­sti­tu­tion is com­mit­ted to pro­mot­ing and pre­serv­ing African cul­ture.

He said this week­end at this year’s edi­tion of the OAU Fes­ti­val of Food and Iden­tity hosted by In­sti­tute of Cul­tural Stud­ies in the univer­sity.

Ogun­bod­ede said the univer­sity was striv­ing to live up to the ob­jec­tives of the found­ing fa­thers by giv­ing promi­nence to the study, pro­mo­tion and preser­va­tion of African cul­ture.

He said: “the fes­ti­val seeks to en­shrine the place and me­mory of our in­dige­nous food cul­ture in the psy­che of our youths and to re­it­er­ate our ca­pac­ity to sur­vive as a peo­ple through the adop­tion and preser­va­tion of our cul­ture”.

Ogun State Gov­er­nor Ibikunle Amo­sun, who at­tended the event, com­mended OAU for or­ga­niz­ing the fes­ti­val, say­ing: “The gov­ern­ment and peo­ple of Ogun State are proud to iden­tify with the In­sti­tute of Cul­tural Stud­ies, OAU, Ile-Ife on the 2018 OAUIfe Fes­ti­val of Food and Iden­tity.

“The theme of this fes­ti­val, ‘Food and Iden­tity’ “res­onates with our ad­min­is­tra­tion ini­tia­tives in Agri­cul­ture and Food se­cu­rity. ‘Ofada Rice’ has ral­lied back with gov­ern­ment re­newed in­vest­ment and sup­port in to­day’s Ogun State.

“We be­lieve Agri­cul­ture, and more ap­pro­pri­ately, Agri-busi­ness, with its at­ten­dant value chain, has the po­ten­tial to change the nar­ra­tion of our na­tion’s ex­ces­sive and dan­ger­ous de­pen­dent on oil. We en­join all of you, and, in­deed all Nige­ri­ans to ac­cept and pay greater at­ten­tion to Ofada Rice. It is health­ier and far more nu­tri­tious”.

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