Ibadan Indigenes will organize free shopping to celebrate the cultural festival

The Central Council of Indigenous Peoples of Ibadan said the Ibadan Cultural Festival Week 2022 has grown from a local event to a global one.

CCII President General Oluwayemisi Adeaga, who said this on Wednesday during the official launch of the festival website, said the website was created to give people around the world the opportunity to see the rich cultural heritage and development in the city.

Adeaga, who said the festival would run from March 3 to 12, said there would be free shopping for the needy as they would have the opportunity to go to the designated point and pick out the items they need without payment.

He said there would be clothing, groceries and household appliances while urging natives and Ibadan residents to bring these items for use by those who could not afford to buy them.

The CCII General President explained that this year’s calendar of cultural festivals was already completed before the death of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Aderunti. He said he believed a new monarch would have been enthroned by the time the festival began.

He also called on stakeholders to stop commenting on the controversy surrounding the selection of a new monarch, saying the controversy would soon end.

Adeaga said, “Ibadan Cultural Festival Week aims to promote the culture, tradition and development that has taken place in Ibadanland.

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“The festival would show the world that Ibadan is made up of great men and women as well as people of high quality in terms of human capacity and development projects.

“We have so many activities planned to celebrate the week and some of them are: Oke’ Badan Parade and Cultural Exhibition; Special Jumat Service, Amala Day; royal visit to the Olubadan, prize-giving evening and free shop.

“Those who don’t have enough will be able to shop for free. They will choose items on display, it could be an iron, a fan, a TV, clothes and others.

“We want people to bring their clothes that they no longer wear but are still in good condition. We don’t want rags and we want you to wash and iron the clothes you bring because they are not for beggars,” he added.

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Darcy J. Skinner