OKEMESI MARKS EKITI PARAPO FESTIVAL IN GRAND STYLE.
It was celebration of culture and remembrance of the efforts of the warriors who fought the Ekiti parapo war of Liberation, as people converged on Okemesi Ekiti to commemorate the 133rd Ekiti parapo festival.
During the programme which was held at Ita-Balogun in Okemesi where the warriors assembled before going for the war, there were cultural display and drama to portray the Ekiti parapo war Liberation which took place between 1877-1886.
In his welcome address, the Chairman, Okemesi cultural Heritage and Tourism Committee, Prince Kayode Oni said the festival was an annual celebration where the war heroes, most especially the Generalissimo, Fabunmi Oraralada were being remembered.
Also, the National President of Okemesi Improvement Union, Alhaji Bayo Ajijola urged the people of the state to promote unity as exemplified by the warlords.
In his speech, the Owa Ooye of Okemesi Ekiti, Oba Gbadebo Adedeji noted that the Ekiti parapo festival was capable of promoting unity, economy and national identity, calling on the people of the state to always promote their cultural heritage.
The Chairman, Ekiti State Council of Obas, Oba Ajibade Alabi called for expansion of the festival to make it more popular and acceptable to the people.
The Director General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre, represented by Prince Adebanji Oyin-Ade Adelusi promised that the Council would partner various communities to develop festivals and programmes for economic transformation.
Some illustrious indigenes of Ekiti State were honoured with Ekiti parapo patriot awards.