The 2019 edition of the Ajilete Carnival Concept promises to be a remarkable event through the promotion of the rich cultural heritage of Ogbomosoland.
The Committee of the epoch making event, headed by Hon. Akinwale Akinwole and the Secretary, Otunba Akin Alade are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the event is a success.
Akin Alade while speaking at a press conference, organised to herald the event, unveiled the activities to mark the event.
According to him, this year’s edition will be more interesting and remarkable than the maiden edition in 2017. He recalled that the 2017 edition featured wonderful and thrilling performances from almost all the artists on the stable of Aquila Records, owned by Hon. Sina Pela and a popular Fuji star, Ramoni Akanni was also on the band stand to entertain the audience.
He also recalled that the 2017 edition also featured more than hundred traditional and local artists from Ogbomosoland.
Akin Alade however, assured that the 2019 edition would be more glamorous than the previous one, disclosing that over 200 security personnel, composing the army, police, civil defence and the local vigilance group had been contacted to ensure the safety of lives and property during the event.
He emphasised that the purpose of the event is to promote unity of indigenes of Ogbomosoland, to promote the rich cultural heritage of the land and make the event an international tourism event.
He said, Ogbomoso people are reputable businessman and women who travel across the globe for businesses. This event is an avenue to bring them together and afford them the opportunity to know more about the rich cultural heritage of the land.”
The 2019 edition, Akin Alade said would also feature the unveiling of the 135-years old drum, the oldest drum in Ogbomosoland.
According to him, the three-day event would kick-off on December 26 with a business seminar where two resourceful, successful and renowned businessmen would teach the people how to be successful business owners.
“Ogbomoso boast of many resources, especially in agriculture and this seminar will focus on how people can explore these resources and turn them into successful businesses,” he said.
The second day of the event, December 27 would be amala night, “the prominent food in Ogbomosoland is amala and eko yangan. Our aim is to promote these foods among the people so that our culture and tradition will be go into extinction”.
The grand finale is December 28. The Committee on that day would move to the palace of the Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi, the Ajagungbade of Ogbomosoland at 8am for official blessing after which, they would move straight to Ogbomoso stadium for the main event of the day which would start by 10am and end by 10pm.
According to Akin Alade, over 127 traditional and local artists have registered to thrill the audience with colourful performances.
He also revealed that plans had been concluded to bring two prominent Nigerian artists. One Fuji artist and a hip hop artist to thrill the audience and make it a memorable event.
“We are going to give local artists opportunities to showcase their talents. Traditional dancers, drummers, poets, drama groups and comedians, among others are billed to thrill the audience with their wonderful and colourful performances to promote unity among the people.”
“Also, over 20 music and talent promoters will be present to scout for raw talents for promotion.”Two prominent multi international company has contacted us to support this year edition , likes of Glo mobile , and one other bottling company , although we are in negotiations but we strongly believe that something meaningful will come out because they believe in cultural promotion.Ogbomoso is one and will remain one forever”, Akin Alade said.