The Ogun State Government in its bid to take possession of its most priced local fabric, ‘Adire’ has unveiled a seal of authenticity with a call to garment makers and lovers of quality fabrics to embrace it, as it is only ‘Adire Ogun’ and others.
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, while unveiling the seal of authenticity for Adire Ogun at the Mitros Residences, Ibara, Abeokuta, as part of events heralding the opening ceremony of the 4th African Drum Festival, said that adire had become a cultural symbol of the state throughout the entire country.
He disclosed that whenever the history of adire was being told around the world, it’s genesis would be traced to Abeokuta, saying that it was fitting for the state to celebrate the fabric and present it as a legacy to the unborn generation.
” I dare say that Ogun state has become a cynosure of all eyes, not only in terms of the legacy projects our administration has put in place in place in almost eight years, but because of the cultural re- awakening that we have continued to promote.
” Adire has become a cultural symbol of our dear state in the entire country, it has become a cultural badge of honour for us here in Ogun State, when the history of adire is told, the major theme is ‘ from Abeokuta in Ogun State to the world’ , it is therefore fitting that we will not only celebrate our adire fabric, mos especially during this auspicious period of the 2019 African Drum Festival, but also that we must present it as a legacy project to the unborn generations,” he said.
Amosun further disclosed that the launch of the Ogun Adire seal of authenticity would affirm to the world the unique Ogun Standard way of doing things, saying the seal was the continuation of the outstanding standard by which the state was being measured.
” Today, we stand on the threshold of history to launch the seal of authenticity of our Adire, this seal will further affirm our unique quality of excellence claim, the seal is a continuation of the outstanding standard by which we measure ourselves in Ogun state,” he said.
He also noted that in a bid by the state government to make Adire a global brand, an ultra modern Adire shopping mall had been constructed in Itoku as well as ensuring steady finance to adire makers through the organisation of adire producers into cooperative societies.
In his remarks, the Chairman, Ogun State Council of Oba’s and the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba (Dr) Aremu Gbadebo commended the will of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led government to change the face of the state through its massive development, saying that all what he had done will go well in history.
In their goodwill messages, the Iyaloja, Kenya and Asero markets, Alhaja Saidiat Alamo and Chief (Mrs.) Kemi Oloyede, Senator Iyabo Anisulowo and the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief (Mrs.) Alaba Lawson extolled the Ogun State governor for deeming it fit to take the Adire fabric away from strangers, by unveiling a seal of authenticity, calling on youths to embrace vocational trainings.
Earlier in her opening remarks, the chairman, planning committee and the deputy governor of Ogun State, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga noted that the celebration of the drum was unique and part of the wnique culture and heritage of the Yoruba people, saying that it was important to continue to ensure that culture continues to thrive.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, represented by the Director of Entertainment and Creative Services in the Ministry, Dr. Augustus Ajibola commended the Ogun State for sustaining the hosting of the festival, saying that the Federal government would continue to give all necessary support to the Ogun State government in its bid to continue to promote culture through drums.
On her own part, the Senior Consultant to the Ogun State Governor on Culture and Tourism, Mrs Yewande Amusan thanked the governor for sharing the need to truly authenticate the Ogun Adire, adding that the Federal Government had chosen the state in the South West as a start up point for its campaign for ‘Made in Nigeria Goods’.