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Glo Lisabi Festival Begins With Funfare

Posted: Mar 2, 2016 at 9:16 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

This year’s edition of Lisabi Festival powered by national telecoms operator, Globacom, began on Monday in Abeokuta with “Booming of Guns” on Olumo Rock by hunters.
Immediately after the flag-off, Egba women organised a public mobilisation campaign to sensitise and galvanise the people about the importance of the festival. This was followed by Woro dance and sectional horse riding among the men folk.
The final ceremony of the traditional Ayo Game competition and the finals of the Secondary School debate and Children social programmes were held on Tuesday at the palace of the Alake of Egbaland.
The Planning Committee of the 2016 Lisabi Festival disclosed that the ceremonies continue today with the Inter-School Quiz competition scheduled for the Centenary Hall, Ake, Abeokuta, while the finals of the Lisabi Football Competition would be held at M.K.O Abiola Stadium, Abeokuta.
A Jumat thanksgiving service is scheduled for Friday at the Central Mosque, Kobiti, Abeokuta, while the royal banquet in honour of the Alake of Egbaland sponsored exclusively by Globacom takes place at the OK Centre, Abeokuta, the same day.
The Planning committee said further that Chief Osundare who was the Nlado of Kemta in his lifetime and one of the six powerful persons in Egbaland had been declared the Hero of the Year 2016 festival.
Chief Rasheed Raji, who is chairman of the committee announced the choice and noted that the Hero was also in line to be crowned by Alake of Egbaland, but that “his commercial interests worked against him.” The annual visit to the Kemta Kobiti homestead of the Hero would take place in the evening of Thursday, March 3, 2016.
Chief (Mrs) Ronke Folarin, Chairman of the Ogun State Civil Service Commission, is expected to preside over the Lisabi Festival Seminar with the theme, “Creating Wealth through Smalll and Medium Scale Enterprises”. It would be held at the Centenary Hall, Abeokuta, on Thursday morning.
Chief Raji explained further that speakers at the Seminar who would come from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, (FUNAAB) include Prof. Olufunlayo Adebambo, Prof. Adewale Dipeolu and Dr. Olusegun Obadina, Director, Centre for Entrepreneurial Studies at the school.
The Grand Finale of the Festival holds on Saturday, March 5, at the Ake Palace Grounds, while the ceremonies would be rounded off on Sunday, March 6, with a thanksgiving service at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Ake, Abeokuta.
Globacom said it was sponsoring the Festival for the sixth consecutive year to immortalise the legacies of Lisabi Agbongboakala with a view to encouraging the youths to imbibe the virtues of courage, hard work, valour and honesty.
Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, while addressing journalists on the festival last week expressed appreciation to Globacom for enriching the Festival and making it rank among the world’s first-class festivals.