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Declaration Of Yoruba Week: Lagos Writers Hail Sanwo-Olu

Lagos' Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu
Lagos' Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Coordinator of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW), Modupeola Kalejaiye (nee Olumegbon), has praised Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for recently declaring a Yoruba Week in Lagos State.

“As the Lagos State Coordinator of the Society of Nigerian Writers, I am honored to extend our heartfelt congratulations to His Excellency, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on the historic declaration of Yoruba Week,” Kalejaiye said in a press statement.

The Lagos State government’s announcement designates the last week of September each year as Yoruba Week. The decision follows a resolution passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly on September 19, 2023.

“The Lagos State government’s announcement designating the last week of September annually as Yoruba Week marks a significant milestone,” Kalejaiye continued. “It reflects our collective recognition of the Yoruba culture’s profound impact on our identity, language, arts, and traditions. This celebration will serve as a beacon of unity and pride for all Lagosians.”

The week will showcase the multifaceted beauty of Yoruba heritage, from the rhythmic beats of talking drums to the intricate patterns of adire fabric. Through traditional attire, music, dance, cuisine, and storytelling, Lagosians will honor their ancestors and inspire future generations.

“As writers, we understand the power of words to shape narratives and influence minds,” Kalejaiye explained. “Yoruba Week encourages us to weave stories that celebrate our roots, resilience, and creativity. Let us embrace our mother tongue, celebrate our folklore, and amplify Yoruba voices. Our cultural pride will strengthen our sense of belonging and foster unity.”

The Yoruba literary tradition boasts luminaries like Modupeola Kalejaiye herself, alongside D.O. Fagunwa, Amos Tutuola, and Wole Soyinka. Their works have transcended borders, enriching global literature. During Yoruba Week, Lagos will pay homage to these literary giants and encourage budding writers to explore Yoruba themes in their creative endeavors.

Yoruba communities thrive globally, and Yoruba Week extends an invitation to the diaspora. Brothers and sisters are encouraged to participate virtually or visit Lagos during the celebration. The week aims to bridge continents, exchange ideas, and strengthen the global Yoruba network.

“We encourage all Lagosians to actively participate in Yoruba Week events, engage in dialogue, and celebrate our shared heritage,” Kalejaiye urged. “Let us use this platform to amplify Yoruba voices, celebrate our traditions, and promote cultural understanding.”

The Society of Young Nigerian Writers commends Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his cabinet for this initiative. “By celebrating Yoruba week, we strengthen our collective bond and contribute to the tapestry that makes Lagos state a beacon of diversity and creativity,” Kalejaiye concluded. “His visionary leadership ensures that our heritage remains vibrant and relevant. We look forward to a memorable inaugural Yoruba Week and many more to come.”

The press statement concludes with the Yoruba phrase “ILU EKO ONIBAJE O!” which translates to “Long live Lagos!”

For enquiries on how to join the Lagos Chapter of the Society of Young Nigerian Writers (SYNW), kindly call: 08028210646 or messageMissolumegbon@gmail.com, ekobookclubb@gmail.com

Packaged by Alaba Igbaroola

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