POPULAR Juju Musician, Bamidele Ajetomobi a.k.a Dele Bravo has described the efforts of Dr Kayode Fayemi administration in rejuvenating the dying culture and tradition of Ekiti State through the council for Arts and Culture as a laudable, commendable and exciting development.
Mr Ajetomobi said, “Governor Fayemi has, through his value restoration and cultural policy, showed the world that his cosmopolitanism has not blocked out his native intelligence and cultural identity.”
He also described the appointment of Ambassador Wale Ojo-Lanre as the Director-General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture as an attestation to Governor Fayemi’s genuine intention to his value reorientation policy. He said, “Ojo-Lanre is a round peg in a round hole.”
Bravo, who spoke during his visit to the council, expressed optimism that Ekiti State would soon be in the front row of those states who are using culture, arts, tourism and entertainment as tools for economic development.
“I have been following the council activities since April and I can boldly say we’ve never had it so good. I know how the state was before now and with what I am seeing on a daily basis, I have hope that Ekiti will soon overtake others.”
The Efon Alaaye born musician, however, promised to collaborate with the council in showcasing Ekiti cultural heritage through music locally and internationally.
While welcoming Bravo to his office, Ojo-Lanre said, the mandate of the council is to rejuvenate, promote, develop and brand cultural and arts shifting its perception from being a mere entertainment endeavour to an empowerment agent.
Ojo-Lanre revealed “Already we are going into partnership with stakeholders in arts and culture industry and we will want you to be part of the success story,” he concluded.
During the meeting, the state cultural troupe engaged Bravo in a collaborative musical to thrill the council management and staff who joined the DG to welcome him.
Director, Culture, Banji Adelusi, Ekiti State Commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olomilua, Efon Alaaye-born international Musician, Dele Ajetomobi, popularly known as Dele Bravo, Director General Council for Arts and Culture Amb Wale Ojo-Lanre and Director Culture during Dele Bravo’s visit to the council on Tuesday.