Abuja - Oke Badan, the age-long festival of unity celebrated
annually by Ibadan indigenes in Oyo State, has received a major boost after
Nigeria’s national carrier, Globacom, confirmed sponsorship.
Globacom Zonal Business Coordinator (West), Mr Dare
Oyewale, said the company was proud to associate with the festival because
it served as a reminder of the historical antecedents of Ibadan people.
"This collaboration with the Ibadan people will
further strengthen the festival and turn it to a world-class event which will
attract tourists from across the world," said Oyewale.
“It is our belief that this partnership will further
foster a symbiotic relationship which will bring immense benefits to both
Globacom and Ibadanland,” he said.
He described the festival as a social pot where all
divergent issues affecting the lives of the people in the community were
"It is where the sons and daughters of
Ibadanland both home and abroad consider themselves as brothers and sisters as
well as a cornerstone for the development of the community socially,
politically and economically," Oyewale added.
The Chief Operating Officer of Kingsize Entertainment,
which is packaging the festival, Lanre Alabi, said the festival was to
commemorate the protection and blessings which the founders of Ibadanland
received from the hills during internecine wars with other communities in
The festival, he added, was also to pray for future
blessings upon the community, foster peace and mutual cooperation among the
indigenes and their guests as well as set the pace for healthy re-unions.
According to the Aboke of Ibadanland, who is the
direct custodian of the festival, Chief Ifasola Ifamapowa, Oke Badan is
celebrated in commemoration of the life and times of one of the forebears of
Ibadanland, Lagelu, as well as the noble roles of the early rulers of
Ibadan including Labosinde, Maye, Oluyole, Oderinlo, Opeagbe, Oluyedun and
Features of the week-long celebration include a town
parade, cultural ceremonies and homage to the Olubadan of Ibadanland.
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