The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Friday, 16 July, 2021 led top dignitaries including the Governor, State of Osun, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, to officially launch the Ife Grand Resort & Industrial Park in Ile-Ife.

In a statement signed by his Director of Media and Public Affairs, Comrade Moses Olafare, the Grand Resort, located beside the tollgate on the Ife-Ibadan expressway is a brand new city of hubs driven by urban renewal initiatives of the Ooni Ogunwusi to serve as the hub for sustainable development, fountain of employment generation, radar of empowerment and satellite for branding and showcasing the cultural heritage and value of Ile-Ife the source and natural headquarters of the Oduduwa race globally.

According to the press release, the huge investment is a legacy project embarked upon by Ooni Ogunwusi for urban renewal and redevelopment into the current smart city global requirements in the selfless spirit of ‘Charity Begins At Home’

The Ife Grand Resort and Leisure which is planted on over 1000 acres of land will aside from offering facilities for exquisite lodging/accommodation, harbour multiple industrial parks with pockets of industries currently producing many industrial and agricultural products as well as rendering essential services to the resort, the Ife community and Nigeria.

Capt. Emmanuel Great, President, Osun Tourism Stakeholders’ Association with Dr. Adebisi Obawale, Hon. Commissioner for Culture & Tourism, State of Osun during the launch of Ife Grand Resorts

Sitting comfortably within the Ife Grand Resort which is a focal attraction on Friday is the 3000 seating capacity Meeting Incentives Conference and Event (MICE) Centre branded ‘Ojaja Arena’, a complex of architectural wonder planted by Ooni Ogunwusi to add value of relevance to urban renewal in Ile – Ife.

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 Ooni Ogunwusi disclosed that he deliberately brought the 3000 seating capacity event centre to make Ile-Ife the epicentre of MICE in Africa, saying that the ‘Ojaja Arena’ has been configured and positioned with all facilities to satisfy demands of Meetings , Incentives, Conference and Event adding that it would also shore up intellectual and congregational activities in Ile Ife, the ancient source of mankind.

“We are building a brand new city driven by urban renewal initiative. The Ojaja Arena is basically not built for social activities but a centre for training and manpower development for youths in this country, considering Ile-Ife to have over 500 thousand students of about 20 tertiary institutions; Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Schools of Nursing within 100km radius surrounding Obafemi Awolowo University built at the nucleus Centre in Ife over 60 years ago.

The question in my lips has been, what will these young vibrant youths will be doing after tertiary institutions, the best bet is to set up a hub that is technology friendly to boost and drive small and medium scale industries within our country Nigeria by creating a smart city for them to display whatever they can do to become employers of labour after graduation. It is a sad truth that no industries to employ them all. We can only encourage them to create industries for and by themselves because that is the reality on ground”. Ooni said.

The natural traditional head of the House Oduduwa worldwide also revealed that “One of the industrial parks within the Ife Grand Resort Colony, the Adire hub has engaged 50 people, empowered over 150 others and started producing adire in bales which are being exported to foreign countries.

He also disclosed that one of the agricultural parks which specializes in rearing of Ostriches has also employed another set of 40 staff who have started rearing Ostriches in an unprecedented manner with the vision to produce ostrich hides and skin in high commercial quantity for export purposes.

The Co-chairman, National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria(NCTRN) revealed that the various industrial parks have started receiving collaboration and acknowledgement from Africas in diaspora who are willing and ready to train and empower interested individuals in various segments of the park.

“We have received pledges for training and exchange programs between the Brazilian, Cuban and other governments in the carribeans towards the empowerment of Nigerian youths both the male and female folks for post- COVID -19 empowerment action plan”

“We are occupying over 1,000 acres, we are building a brand new city that Urban renewal and it is going to be a itech environment, it is a smart city that will have a hub, industrial hub, Ostrich farming hub, Adire Hub, Green farming, Sport Academy, film and entertainment village. The resort it is a culture and tourism destination that is close to nature. You don’t even have to move around the country.”

“What we’re doing is to replicate this, we have already commenced in Ondo, Oyo and Lagos states and we shall be launching these projects concurrently. It is a means of creating an avenue for our young minds to see Nigeria from a positive perspective, so we’re creating a country from a country.

“A country in the sense that is a localized environment, for them to be there and be successful and reach out to the world like the typical Adire hub that we have done we are exporting to 25 countries now. We are shipping to everywhere in the world and we have agents all over.

“We started that one just three months ago and it is fast gaining global recognition, the same we are going to start organic remedies (Our herbal medicinal products recently launched strategically with YEMKEM). We’ll soon have a factory here from where we’ll send it to the world.

“So it is an industrial park that is fintech driven and it is through fintech that we’re even selling what we are selling at the hub. They place orders from anywhere globally and we ship to them, life is easy for everybody.

“There is equally the African village that reminds us of our ancient ways of living and yet bring it to the modern world, everything that has to do with pan African is there. Then the sporting arena is another industry that is huge, we would have a mini camp for training and development in the sporting world. We are going to have an 18 hole Golf Course.” Ooni said.

The resort is scheduled to host the Grand reception aspect of the installation activities for the Iyalaje of Oduduwa Race worldwide to be conferred on the Lagos business magnate cum philanthropist Princess (Dr.) Toyin Kolade by the Arole Oduduwa, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, the Ooni of Ife on Saturday.

Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe yesterday commended Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola for declaring August 27th of every year Osun Adire for all workers in the state.

Oyetola had made the declaration in Osogbo on Saturday at the Osun International Fashion Week, making it compulsory for all public and civil servants in the state to wear the state’s variant of local adire fabric, known as “Adire Eleko” to their offices on that day as a way of reviving the dying cultural fashion of the people.

Runsewe noted that this was in line with the vision and aspirations of the Federal Government to grow and focus on indigenous cultural tourism engagements.

 

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On the heels of the successful and just concluded Osun International Fashion Week OSIFAW 2021, his Excelleny, Executive Governor of State Of Osun, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola has officially  declared Thursday as Adire Day in Osun State.

According to Mr Governor, who was ably represented by the Chief of Staff, at the three (3) day, back to back, back to stage, epoch making event, which held from July 8 – 10, all civil servants in the State is hereby mandated to adorn the Adire attire as official dress code every Thursday.

Meanwhile, this directive takes effect beginning from August 27, 2021 which marks the 30th Anniversary of the creation of the State.

TBS Destination Management, an Osogbo-based DMC promoting ecotourism in Osun State was LIVE today at De-Distinguished Hall, venue of the event, as the time of declaration.

The Osun International Fashion Week, OSIFAW 2021 was indeed an epoch-making event for the promotion of Adire Osun. Big kudos to the Executive Governor, Osun State, Ministry of Culture & Tourism, and the two foreign partners Musty Great Development, South Africa and Alexandria Jones Cultoure, Texas, USA (both Osun State Indigenes) for giving us an International Standard Adire Runway more like what you get in Paris, France, Rome, Italy and Houston, Texas.

 

 

This is the complete speech of the Honorable Commissioner of Culture & Tourism, State of Osun during the Grand Finale (Day 3) of the just concluded Osun International Fashion Week (OSIFAW 2021).

This first of it’s kind, epoch making event is a major step in line with implementation of the Osun Tourism Master (Osun Sterling Vision 2030) which was launched last year 2020, by the Executive Governor, Osun State, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola as organized by the Dr Obawale led Ministry of Culture & Tourism.

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The Arole Oduduwa & Ooni of Ife, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, on Monday launched an Adire textile production hub; a cultural centre built on a 30,000 square meters of land with a vision to empower the youths through the revival of local fabrics.

While declaring the hub opened within the premises of the Ife Ground Resorts, Ile-Ife, Ooni Ogunwusi revealed that the ancient Adire textile is an agelong tradition of Ife, from where he said it was taken to the Abeokuta by the Egbas and other parts of the world.

“Our vision is to empower our youths because that is the way to go, if we empower them they won’t be interested in protests and other things that might disrupt the system. A lot of them will be productively engaged and I am happy to inform you that we are doing that already.

“We are working with the textile department of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and other tertiary institutions across the country as well as Yoruba speaking countries like Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela among others.

“This innovation is a clear message to all that lots can be achieved through local technology and intelligence. Look at this whole place, it was built and decorated through local intelligence whole these fine touches were done with local fabrics (Adire).

“This is the beginning and I can assure you that we have mapped out plans to take it across the entire country and beyond.” The Ooni said.

Earlier in her address, Co-founder of the textile hub, Princess Ronke Ademiluyi, described the concept as a viable means of youth empowerment, cultural promotion and cultural exchange.

“Her Majesty decided that we should launch this production hub during this year’s Aje festival because She is about wealth creation and entrepreneurship and textile hub aims to provide a lot of wealth creation opportunities for the local artisans in Ile-Ife who work with us and the hub will enable them to increase their production capacity and generate sustainable livelihood for themselves.

“Most important, His Majesty will also want the hub to engage in the use of sustainable practices, including researching and using dyes that are not harmful to the environment. He has emphasized that we make use of Elu leaf in Ile-Ife, which is also known as the indigo leaf as this is a resource that is yet to be tapped and can bring wealth creation to the local community.” Princess Ademiluyi said.

The Naija7wonders project, a domestic tourism initiative dedicated to promoting Nigeria Tourism as a global destination and a significant economic recourse for post pandemic recovery, as today listed Tourism Business Synergies – (TBS) International as the “Most Improved Industry Player for 2020″.

TBS International, a destination marketing and management company promoting and marketing Osun Tourism, while advocating for eco-friendly and SDGs-compliant travel and tourism experiences in Africa, has toppled the list in this award category.

Earlier in the year, on April 16, 2020, just three (3) weeks into the pandemic lockdown, TBS International became the first tourism organization in Nigeria to launch the Post-Covid19 Recovery Webinar series for the Tourism Industry in Africa tagged, “Aviation, Tourism & Hospitality PostCovid19 Recovery Webinars”, which held weekly for eight (8) consecutive weeks with panelists and audiences spanning across Africa and the Middle East including Government Agencies, Airlines, Hotel Chains, DMCs, DMOs, Tour Operators, Travel Agencies, as well as eminent Presidents & CEOs of Tourism Boards across Africa.

In June 2020, the Post-Covid19 Recovery Webinar Series metamorphosed into the “Africa Destinations Webinar”, curated by TBS Africa and dedicated to promoting African tourism destinations for Africans both within the continent and in diaspora, with special focus eco-tourism destinations. On June 25, 2020, the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Agency, MTPA, launched the maiden edition of these series with special coverage of unique attractions, hotels and resorts in the beautiful African Ocean Island of Mauritius.

Others in the award category includes KALO Africa Media, an independent Media Agency Promoting African Tourism and destinations.

In another Award Category Osun State conspicuously made it as 3rd Best Tourism State in Nigeria, having made a very significant move in November 2020 to rebrand and promote tourism in the State with the official launch of her Osun State Tourism Master Plan tagged “CUTOSEC – Culture and Tourism for Sustainable Economy – Vision Sterling 30-30”, an historic event which was chaired by Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the Executive Governor of the State, and organized by the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, as led by the Honorable Commissioner, Dr. Adebisi Obawale, in partnership with Sterling Bank.

After the launch, TBS International hosted the Hon. Commissioner of Culture & Tourism for Bayelsa State, Dr. Iti Orugbani, and his team, as well as other dignitaries to a half day City Tour of Osun Osogbo Sacred Groove, Centre for Black Culture & International Understanding (cultural and historical sites), including the Osogbo PHCN Power Distribution Head Station and the new five (5*) star LAIM Hotels all in Osogbo. Afterwards, Dr. Adebisi Obawale led his counterpart from Bayelsa State, and his entire team on a tour of the Genesis Art Gallery, a newly established private art gallery in the State.

In late August 2020, Captain Emmanuel Great, Founder & CEO at TBS International, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, State of Osun, had promoted Owala River, Oba Oke and Olumirin Waterfalls, Erin-ijesha, as top destinations to visit in Nigeria during the 13 weeks Naija7wonders Zoom Webinar Series

Lagos State toppled the list of Top Tourism States of 2020 while . Other states who made the list in this category are: Ekiti State, 2nd Position; Plateau State is 4th position for hosting of NAFEST 2020; Oyo State, 5th;  Akwa Ibom State, 7th; Kebbi State, 6th position for Argungu Festival; Bayelsa State, 8th position. Cross Rivers and Rivers States made 9th and 10th position respectively.

Osun Tourism Stakeholders’ Association, OStourSA, led by Capt Emmanuel Great of TBS International, officially hosted distinguished Guests and VIPs on a Familiarization Tour of Osun Tourist and Heritage Sites, during the recently concluded Launch of the Osun Tourism Masterplan last month November 19th.

As the grassroot tourism stakeholders’ association in the State with a very robust partnership with the Ministry of Culture & Tourism, State of Osun, the Association was tasked with the assignment of showing dignitaries (who joined the State Government for the launching ceremony) around certain tourists and heritage sites within Osogbo.

Among Dignitaries present for the Familiarization Tour are the DG, Centre For Black And African Arts & Civilization, CBAAC, Mrs Oluwabunmi Amao, (ably representing the Hon. Minister of Information & Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed), and her team; as well as the Honorable Commissioner of Culture & Tourism, Bayelsa State, Dr Iti Orugbani, and his team.

Among tourist attractions visited by the Dignitaries are the UNESCO Osun Osogbo Sacred Groove, Susan Wenger’s House (Adunni Olorisha), Centre for Black Culture & International Understanding, CBCIU, and the Genesis Art Gallery, among others, all in Osogbo, the Capital of Osun State.

The President of the Association, Capt Emmanuel Great of Tourism Business Synergies (TBS) International, while leading delegates on the tour used the occasion to reiterate that the Launch of the Osun Tourism Masterplan – Culture and Tourism For Sustainable Economy, CUTOSEC – Vision 30-30 by the Osun State Govt, and in partnership with Sterling bank, is a blessing to Osun Tourism, especially coming at a time that Covid19 has brought the spotlight on domestic tourism in Nigeria.

“Organizing this Familiarization Tour is a development that puts OStourSA at the very crux of her mission as a grassroot tourism stakeholders’ association in the State which remains committed to promoting and fast-tracking the development of Osun Tourism”, he remarked.

In her own remarks, the General Secretary, Queen Fisayo of QueMajestic Tours, maintained that the State Govt’s Vision 30-30 is a welcome development as it is in line with the Association’s vision 2030 which aims to make Osun a Top 5 Tourist Destination in Africa before 2030

Other Executives and members of the Association present at the launch include the Vice President, Mr Saheed Fakeye of The Visit Avenue; the Public Relations Officer, Mr Adesoji Omosebi of SOJ WORLDWIDE Blog and Information Officer, Miss Ayomide of Ayomide Travels

The Government of the State of Osun has concluded plans to collaborate with Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria FTAN through her Osun State Chapter, to promote tourism sector in the State. This happened on the heels of the Official Familiarization visit paid by the Executives of FTAN Osun Chapter, as led by the Vice President, FTAN South West Zone, Otunba Ayo Olumoko, to the Commissioner of Culture & Tourism, Dr Adebisi Obawale on Thursday, 26th November 2020.

“Tourism development in Osun State remains the shared responsibility of both Government and Professionals which constitute the private sector. There is no reason why Government should take it upon herself as direct labour on her Heritage Site development. We are here as FTAN in Osun State to lessen the burden on the State Government as regards tourism development in the State, and also help to galvanize all Stakeholders together to support Osun State Government’s efforts to promote Osun Tourism”, Otunba Olumoko remarked during the meeting which had in attendance all Executive Officers of FTAN Osun as well as Senior Officials of the Ministry.

Otunba Olumoko explained that the Federation has been helpful to other States in the Country, citing the examples of Lagos, Ekiti, and Oyo states, who are benefitting immensely from their professional relationship with FTAN in thier States, noting that the Federation has 23 Associations in Nigeria. He therefore enjoined other tourism operators who are yet to register with the Federation in Osun State to do so.

Otunba Olumoko added that, FTAN is pleased with the recent launch of the Osun State Tourism Masterplan (Culture & Tourism for Sustainable Economy, CUTOSEC), and is ready to engage the Ministry for a Stakeholders’ review of the Masterplan, citing the example of the Lagos Tourism Masterplan which was recently reviewed by FTAN Lagos State Chapter headed by Alhaji Dauud Gbenga Sunmonu as Coordinator.

The Zonal Vice President, while closing his remarks, used the occasion to present copies of Constitutions and Certificate of Incorporation of the Federation to the Commissioner and Senior Special Assistant to State Governor, stressing that the official inauguration of the FTAN Osun State Chapter will come up on Thursday 10th December, 2020 .

In his own response, the Commissioner stated that the visit of the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria [FTAN] to Osun is a blessing to the State, noting that the administration of Governor Oyetola has pledged to drive the economy of the State through Tourism, Culture and Hospitality, noting that the Governor wants this to be fully driven by Public – Private – Partnerships.

Dr Obawale therefore disclosed that the Osun State Government will partner with the Federation in order to be able to achieve the goals of Governor Oyetola in tourism promotion in the State.

In attendance on the side of FTAN beside the Vice President, South West, Otunba Olumoko are, the Osun State Coordinator, Mr Ladun Fabiyi, General Secretary, Mr Olatunji Femi, Deputy Coordinator/Treasurer, Queen Fisayo Aderemi, Public Relations Officer, Mrs Olatunji Enajite; and the Inter-Governmental Relations Officer, Capt Emmanuel Oluwatobi.

While in attendance for the Ministry, besides the Hon Commissioner are, the Senior Special Assistant on Culture & Tourism, Mr Raimi Opeshina, Coordinating Director of the Ministry, Mr Samuel Adeniyi; Ag. General Manager, Osun Tourism Board, Mrs Ajayi Oluwatoyin, Senior Admin Officer, Mr Femi Asiyanbi, Chief Information Officer/Press Secretary, Mr Sunday Okunade, and Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth & Sport, Aremo Adegboyega (who was present as Guest).

The Official lnauguration of the association will come up on the 10th December, 2020.