By Ayomide Ajayi

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has inaugurated a local organising committee for the World Sango Oyo Festival, aimed at promoting cultural heritage and religious harmony in the state.

The inauguration, which took place at the Conference Room, Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan, had in attendance notable personalities, including the Deputy Governor, Barrister Bayo Lawal, and traditional rulers.

Governor Makinde, represented by his Deputy, Barrister Lawal, reiterated his administration’s commitment to creating an atmosphere for religious harmony and cultural development in the state.

The World Sango Oyo Festival, listed by UNESCO, is scheduled to hold from August 8 to August 17, 2024, at the Alaafin Palace, Oyo town, with a symposium in Ibadan to propagate the works of the late Duro Ladipo, founder of Sango promotion.

The committee, chaired by a seasoned cultural administrator, is tasked with ensuring the success of the festival, which is expected to attract local and international participants.

The recognition of the Sango Oyo Festival by UNESCO has ranked Oyo State as a giant in the tourism and culture industry, and the committee’s efforts will further promote the state’s cultural heritage and religious harmony.

The inauguration is a significant step towards promoting cultural development and religious understanding in Oyo State, and the committee’s work will ensure a successful and memorable World Sango Oyo Festival.