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The Chairman, Kayokayo planning committee and Aremo of Epe land, Otunba TJ Abass has called on all well meaning sons and daughters of Epe to join the quest to leverage the immense tourism potentials of Epe Division towards socio-economic development.
Aremo was speaking during his welcome address at the grand finale of the 2021 Kayokayo festival held at Lagos Theatre, Epe, which featured a dramatic re-enactment of the adventure of King Kosoko and the events leading up to his eventual landing in Epe, along with a significant aspect of the cultural norms and the religion that is being practised in the community today.
In his brief charge, he implored sons and daughters of Epe to further the narrative of peace and harmony that has seen the Ijebu Epes and Eko Epes live in accord for almost two centuries.
“Ours is a beautiful story. It may not be perfect, but it is a beautiful story. It is a story of cohabitation between the Eko Epes and the Ijebu Epes who have lived together for more than 176 years,” he said.
“It is a story of the tourism potentials that we have in our community. It is a story of a beautiful culture; a rich and diverse culture. We are not there yet, but we shall get there. Culture is very important. It is the key to our development. It unlocks the economic potentials of any community. One of those cultures is what we are talking about here today; that is kayokayo.”
“Kayokayo festival is one of the foremost and the most iconic festival celebrated by Epe people. We have the Okoshi, we have Ebi, we have Kilajolu, why can’t we industriously leverage on these, harness these for the the development of our community? That is our goal, and that is what we will do.”
He also hailed the political leaders in Epe Division, who, according to him, have evinced an unbroken chain of quality representation over the years and placed the Division firmly on the launchpad to further developmental strides.
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“One of the stories of our community is the story of our political leaders who are in the business of legislation, but some of them are now in the business of road construction. They’re now building schools. They’re now supplying transformers. It is nothing but an attestation to their commitment to the advancement of the nation, to infrastructural development, and most importantly to their love for the community,” he stated.
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