By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has charged the leaders of Yoruba not to allow the cultural and philosophical practices of the race to fade away.
Professor Osinbajo stated this at the launch of the International Centre for Yoruba Arts and Culture, a collaboration between the Institute of African Studies and Yoruba Language Centre, University of Ibadan, Oyo state.
He lauded the initiative and called for a comprehensive collation of materials that would be archival in nature.
In his remark, Oyo State Governor. ‘Seyi Makinde, who was represented by his deputy, Rauf Olaniyan, urged the management of the centre to avoid distortion of facts in data collection.
In his address, The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Gani Adams urged the Yoruba race to lay a cultural foundation and to let them understand the importance of Yoruba culture.
According to him, this will help in sustaining the rich cultural heritage and values of the race.
The programme had the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and many other dignitaries in attendance.