AKURE – Traditional ruler of Igbara-Oke in Ifedore Local Government Area of Ondo State, Olowa of Igbara-Oke, Oba Adefarakanmi Agbede, has called on Yoruba leaders to ensure conservation of the Yoruba rich culture.
The monarch made the call on Monday at the town’s annual yam festival popularly known as Ijesu Olowa.
Having led his traditional chiefs, market women and indigenes of the town to the farm in a walk, the monarch stated that judging by the turnout of sons and daughters of the town, the cultural heritage was cherished by the people.
Oba Agbede explained that the Yoruba traditional heads and leaders should ensure their cultural heritage was not buried at the threshold of Western modernization.
He noted that drifting from the cultural heritage was the bane of sociocultural challenges being currently faced in the nation.
Oba Agbede, however, revealed that with the ceremonial harvest of the new yams, it has henceforth become appropriate for the people and himself to start eating new yams.
Sons and daughters of the town, who were based outside the state and country, came home to celebrate the yam festival, which some described as the best ever.