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Yoruba World Centre postpones programme in honour of Alaafin

The Yoruba World Centre has postponed the launching of its Language Millionaire Contest in honour of the late Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, who was the Chairman at the launching of the Centre late last year

Penpushing reports that, the centre in a statement by its Coordinator Ogbeni Alao Adedayo disclosed that the board and management resolved that, the centre considered it necessary to postponed the event from May to July

‘The Board and the management team felt they could not bring themselves together to organise such huge ceremony just a month after the death of the foremost custodian of Yoruba history, arts and culture, who was the one who had chosen the period of the launching’,Adedayo said.

“The passing on of the Alaafin, to us at the Centre, is a personal loss. He was the first to be consulted once the formation of the Centre was agreed upon, and he not only keyed into the project, but he did also promise that he would use all resources at his disposal to ensure its success. He said he was proud of it and would see to its completion.  And he remained the strongest pillar till death’, the statement reads.

“Alaafin Adeyemi was not just an Oba of Oyo, but a father to all the Yoruba people wherever they live in the world. He was the embodiment of our history, a repertoire with large resources, an Alaafin that oozed out our culture in all his speeches, actions and comportment. When you met Alaafin Adeyemi, you have met a complete Yoruba in everything’, the statement added.

“We sincerely condole with the Yoruba people, particularly the Governor of Oyo State, Engineer Seyi Makinde and other Southwest Governors, our revered Royal fathers, people of Oyo and the immediate family of our father’,Adedayo stated.

‘No doubt, his demise will create such a gap that can’t be filled in decades. Who is going to dance like him? Who is going to chat like him? Who is going to relate Yoruba history with dates and data off hand? Who is going to promote the Yoruba royal ways of dressing like Oba Adeyemi? The gap may continue to grow wider’,the statement emphasised.

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