The Director-General of Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo -Lanre has said on Monday that the Council would engage pounded yam to drive the economy of Ekiti State and also woo tourists
Penpushing reports that, the veteran journalist made this known while playing host to Chief Kola Akosile, President, Nigeria Chamber of Commerce and Industry who led a team of Culinary Investors under the aegis of Authentic Nigerian Foods and Fashion Fair to Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture Office in Ado Ekiti
“Ekiti is blessed with wonderful cultural potentialities which are capable of stimulating and propelling the economy of the state. One of these is our common good called Iyan or pounded yam. We shall leverage by showcasing the uniqueness of Ekiti pounded yam all over the world and branding it to lure tourists to the state”
Penpushing further reports that, he noted that ‘ Iyan is not only synonymous with Ekiti and it’s brother Ijesa, but Ekiti iyan has its own unique peculiarities in taste, texture and feel which you cannot find in any other brand of Iyan in another State.
The Director stated Iyan Ekiti is like Chinese food which cannot be duplicated, stressing that, for if it is not Iyan Ekiti it is not Iyan’, also adding that the Council would soon hold a conference of all Iyan sellers and producers in Ekiti in its bids to ensure that the glory of Iyan radiate and shine for economic prosperity
Penpushing also reports that, the Managing Director, Authentic Nigerian Food and Fashion Fair, Sobowale Sanya said that Ekiti is the Cultural Capital of Yoruba State both in history and geographical configuration.
The Director who was accompanied by Mrs Franca Olayiwola commended Governor Kayode Fayemi for being the only Governor in the South West who has taken upon himself the arduous task of rejuvenating Yoruba Culture, emphasisng that that Ekiti State is the foremost cultural friendly State in Nigeria due to the cultural vision of the Governor
“The cultural vision of Dr Kayode Fayemi has placed Ekiti State at the front burner of global cultural discourse and recognition. Thus making Ekiti the first point of reference when cultural activities and projects suffice .This is why we have to be here to intimate the state of the project Authentic Nigerian Food and Fashion Fair Scheduled to hold in Lagos in December.’
Penpushing also reports that, Sanya lauded the management of Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture for its warmth and culturally exciting reception accorded the visiting team,stating, ” I must confess that having visited both national and states cultural organisations, Ekiti is the only state where we are treated to a taste of the cultural assets of the state “