Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will on Tuesday lead prominent Yoruba monarchs, including the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, and Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, to launch Yoruba World Centre in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, IgbereTV reports.
The project’s visioner, Chief Alao Adedayo, publisher of Alaroye newspaper, who made the disclosure, said the multimillion-naira project has been sited inside Nigeria’s premier university, the University of Ibadan. The event, he said, would hold at the John Paul II Hall.
The six governors in the South West: Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo) and Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) as well as many eminent Yoruba leaders, are also expected to join Osinbajo to make another history for the Yoruba race.
Adedayo, who stated that the project is a brainchild of the International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture (INCEYAC), explained that the project signposts a new chapter in the advancement of Yoruba culture, history, tradition and values.
He added that launch would feature opening of the centre’s temporary abode, the presentation of a full documentary on the Yoruba World Centre, and the laying of the foundation at the permanent site by the vice president.
“When completed, the Yoruba World Centre will have a standard library, an archive, a museum, a recreation, reconstruction and digital centre, broadcasting and film village, and an artificial forest (zoo).
The centre will serve as a one-stop shop that offers old, new, recreated and reconstructed materials for researchers, lecturers, students, authors, journalists, historians and members of the public interested in Yoruba history, arts and culture, as tool for nation building, national cohesion, and mutual understanding,” he said.