By Esenvosa Izah
The 2021 Olokun Festival in celebration of the Yoruba deity of great wealth and economic growth will hold on Aug. 28.
Yeye Lara Fashola-Fanimokun, Olokun High Priestess and Promoter of the two-day event, told newsmen on Wednesday in Lagos that the annual festival was a celebration of culture and spirituality of the Yoruba people.
According to her, Olokun is a Yoruba deity of the sea that appease for wealth and economic growth.
“The event is held annually in celebration of the Yoruba people, most especially, the Olokun Orisha deity of great wealth and economic growth.
“On Aug. 28, devotees of Olokun will hold a procession to the beach to celebrate and make offerings to the deity of wealth and economic growth, ” she said.
The priestess said that scores of culture enthusiasts from Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Cuba, USA and UK were expected in Nigeria to participate in the festival.
According to her, the arrival of such enthusiasts from the Diaspora will impact positively on tourism in the country.
Fashola-Fanimokun commended the Lagos State Government for its efforts at improving the tourism sector.
She urged parents to identify more with their culture and traditions in order to inculcate such in their children and prevent extinction.
“We are nobody without our culture and traditions.
“Unfortunately, many parents do not speak their languages to their children; of course, these will go into extinction if it continues this way.
“We should promote our culture and traditions by impacting these in our wards right from young age, so that when they grow into adulthood they will be proud of who they are.
“Be proud of who you are; let people know who you are and address you as such.
“As a people, we need to showcase be proud of our culture, ” Fashola-Fanimokun said. (NAN)