The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed and his Interior counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola recently visited the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, to honour him on his 49th coronation anniversary.
As part of activities to celebrate his 49th coronation anniversary, renowned Fuji musician, Wasiu Ayinde, popularly known as KWAM 1 was present.
Speaking at the venue, Lai Mohammed said he visited Oyo on a combined mission of honouring the duo of the Alaafin and Ayinde and to promote the cultural values of Nigeria.
His words, “We are here to honour the Alaafin and an icon in Nigerian music. As you know, I am the minister in-charge of culture, I have another role to play.
“I am here to honour a friend and to beam the light on the cultural values of our country,”
Aregbesola added that he came to partake in the 49th ascension anniversary of the Alaafin and to rejoice with his friend, Ayinde.
“I am here to be part of the 49th anniversary of Alaafin’s ascension to the throne and equally rejoice with my friend, King Wasiu Ayinde Marshal.”
Sen. Babafemi Ojudu, the Special Adviser to the Vice President on Political Matters, also said, “You know what Kabiyesi is doing today is honouring Yoruba culture. The musicians and theatre practitioners, as custodians of culture, tells stories of yesterday, today and project that of today.
“Nobody has honoured any harbinger of culture in our society. Today is the first, somebody who upholds our culture and takes it around the world is being honoured.
“It is very important. That is why the Vice President asked me to be here.”