Activities for the 2021 Ikorodu – Oga Day Carnival which has been slated to hold between Saturday, November 13 and Saturday November, 2021, have been unveiled by the Ikorodu – Oga Development Association (IKODASS).
Mr Rotimi Erogbogbo, the IKODASS Chairman, performed the unveiling at the association’s conference room on Wednesday, November 10, 2021, and also presented the ‘Ankara’ (local fabric) picked for the weeklong celebration, to the invited members of the media.
Other IKODASS officials at the unveiling ceremony were Mr Taiwo Hassan Awolaru, Treasurer, Mr Kassim Shille, Social Secretary and Mr Kunle Bada, Publicity Secretary among other executive members.
Erogbogbo, while stating that the annual carnival is dear to the people of lkorodu, also added that the period offers residents the opportunity to celebrate and reunite with families and friends.
“Ikorodu-Oga Day is a celebration after our hearts in Ikorodu because it affords us the opportunity to assess ourselves, review our actions, celebrate our successes, re-invigorate our culture and re-unite with family and friends from far and near”, he said.
“It also provides us a germane opportunity to mobilise ourselves and resources for future developmental efforts. This year’s celebration has been revamped to reflect the reality of today’s Ikorodu, the darling of all discerning investors from far and wide”.
While stating that the focus of his administration is to change the narratives, the IKODASS Chairman also gave the achievements of his administration since coming on board three months ago.
“The key focus of this administration of Ikorodu-Oga Development Association since coming into office in May, is Changing the Narratives because we realised that people were trying to give us an identity that is not ours even by a million miles.
“In pursuit of that singular focus, we have successfully executed many well received programmes. They include, Timeout with Octogenarians, a dedicated program for senior citizens focused on their security, health, diet and general engagement; Stakeholders Meeting on Education which brought all stakeholders in education together to curate challenges and possible solutions to education in Ikorodu under the theme, ‘Education in Ikorodu, Another Look’; and IKODASS Under 17 Indoor Games Youth Championship which was the direct outcome of the stakeholders meeting on education”, he said.
“We equally have successfully organized the Investiture of IKODASS Ambassadors to extend our reach and penetration beyond our shores. We continuously undertake strategic advocacy to draw the attention of the government to the problems facing citizens in Ikorodu. For instance, the widening of the motorable corridor to ease traffic along the Oba Sekumade Road during the peak of the ongoing reconstruction work was in direct response to our letter.
According to the IKODASS Chairman, the celebration will kick off tomorrow (Saturday 13th November) with Woro carnival round the city. The Woro train will terminates at the Ayangbure palace where an extravagant cultural display by various groups and a telling lecture on the Significance of Woro in Ikorodu, would be held.
“On Sunday, HRM, Oba Engr. Kabiru Adewale Shotobi shall be hosting the crème de la crème of the kingdom to a sumptuous Royal Banquet at Ikorodu Town Hall. Four illustrious individuals who have done us proud shall be honoured with Achievers’ Award. A seminar book on the founding president of IKODASS, the first Asiwaju of Ikorodu, Chief B. O. Benson, shall also be released.
“Ikorodu Market Expo shall run from Monday 15th to the final day alongside various other programmes that cater for different segments and needs in our society. For instance, there is Indigenous Food Cooking Competition for schools in lkorodu; Ijebu Dialect Debate; Miss Ikorodu Beauty Pageant; music concerts featuring Osupa and Nice; Movies etc. This year’s Ikorodu-Oga Day celebration promises no dull moment”, he added.
Below are the programmes for the weeklong event as released by IKODASS.
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS FOR 2021 IKORODU-OGA DAY CARNIVAL
DAY 1 (SATURDAY 13TH NOVEMBER):
CULTURAL FESTIVAL/ DIASPORA DAY.
– Interdenominational Prayer
– Woro Cultural Carnival around the town – 7:00am
– Cultural Heritage Performance – 11:00am
Venue: Palace of Oba Ayangbure of Ikorodu
– Fellow& Associate Award – 2:00pm
– Woro Fuji Night – 10:00am
DAY 2 (SUNDAY 14TH NOVEMBER):
– Royal Banquet – 2:00pm – 7:00pm
– Achievers Award
– Book Lunch (A Compendium in Honour of Late Babatunde Olusola Benson SAN, LLD (hc) (KJW).
DAY 3 (MONDAY 15TH NOVEMBER):
– Medical Mission – 8:00am
– Transporter Day – 12:00noon
– Ram Fighter – 12:00noon
DAY 4 (TUESDAY 16TH NOVEMBER):
FOOD FESTIVAL DAY. – 9:00am
– School Competition on Indigenous Foods among Private and Public schools.
– Hair & Beauty Contest
– Cultural Heritage Award
– Food Sales
– Catering Services
DAY 5 (WEDNESDAY 17TH NOVEMBER)
– School Parade – 7:00am – 10:30am
– Talk (Unsafe Adult- Me to Me Life( Ijebu Dialect) 10:am
– Music & Drama
– Role Model Award
– Beauty Pageant – 4:00pm
DAY 6 (THURSDAY 18TH NOVEMBER)
– Market Men & Women/ Artisan Day – 10:00am
– Homage to HRM
– Display of Market Products
– Award to the Cleanest Market
– Oga Social Night – 4:00pm
DAY 7 (FRIDAY 19TH NOVEMBER)
– Networking/ Re-Union – 2:00pm
– Ikorodu Public Service Day/Award
DAY 8: (SATURDAY 20TH NOVEMBER)
GRAND FINALE – 12:00noon
– Homage to HRM by all Clubs & Association
– Merit Award
*Note: Everyday Night Jamboree (Dance, Game e.t.c