In a bid to further harness the immensely rich cultural/tourism potentials abundantly embedded in Edo state, the Ososo carnival initiative has organized a press conference to unveil the official logo of the 8th edition of the Ososo carnival 2018, tagged “Celebrating Unity for Community Development” slated to hold from December 26th to 31st, 2018 at Ososo in Akoko-Edo local government of Edo state.
Addressing the gathering, President of the Ososo Carnival Initiative, Mr. Moses Ajayi ceased the opportunity to outline the program of event for the historic carnival which will herald a complete package of leisure events ranging from street dance, parade of costumes, arena based performances, beauty pageant, musical fun-fairs, bonfire, cultural display, art and fashion exhibition, visual creativity and exciting sporting activities.
“We are poised to put Ososo on the global map by showcasing the aesthetic cultural heritage, tradition and huge tourism potentials thereby creating a viable value chain of economic prosperity”
According to him, he said the essence of this year’s carnival is geared towards promoting peace and unity hence the need for culturally endowed communities to tap into the tourist destination allowing domestic tourism to blossom.
Mr. Moses Ajayi called on Ososo indigenes both home and abroad to be more united, supporting the success of the carnival. He thanked His excellency, the executive governor of the state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, individuals and corporate sponsors for their unflinching commitment in ensuring the investment potentials of tourism in Edo state are tapped into.
Representing the DG of the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Olusegun Ogunsewe, the South-south coordinator of the council, Princess Ivie Igbinoba said the Ososo carnival is recognized and highly regarded as a national festival by the council.
“The council will always encourage and support the organizers of the Ososo carnival. She assured that the NCAC will be fully on ground for the carnival” she emphasized.
Also speaking at the press conference, a major media partner of the Ososo carnival and CEO of Neo media, Mr. Ehi Braimah, stated that the 2018 edition will be bigger and better. “The presence of Edo state Commissioner Arts, culture and Diaspora affairs in our midst goes to show that the carnival is thick and dear to the heart of Edo state government”.
“As a marketing and communications platform, we will ensure Ososo carnival is well packaged, given wide promotion which will launch the event into the international space. The carnival has the capacity to grow our local economy by dragging tourist from all over the world to Ososo thereby creating countless opportunity which includes boosting hospitality, air and road transportation businesses in the state”
Mr. Ehi in the course of his engagement enumerated some of the current and soon to be sponsor for the carnival. “Last year we brought a foremost Nigerian musical artist in the person of Oritsefemi to Ososo carnival, the 2018 edition promises to be more exciting with another bigger performing artist”, he added.
While showing more light about the Carnival’s logo and explaining the motives behind the beautifully designed masthead, its creator, Mr. Olu Ajayi said culture is a formidable tool for national development used to creatively affect the lives of people. He said he decided to explore elements peculiar to our local environment, representing our rich cultural heritage which are purely indigenously yet of global standard for the logo design.
However, the commissioner for Arts, Culture and Diaspora Affairs, Hon. Osemwingie Ero emphatically asserted that Edo state government appreciates arts and culture and places high value on the tourism industry. He reeled out some of his achievements since assuming office as commissioner. The elated commissioner was happy to announce that Edo state will be the proud host of next year’s NAFEST. “Arts, culture and tourism when properly harnessed is capable of reducing criminal activities – keeping the minds of young people productively busy and creating a broader value chain of benefit for our people remain our top priority, we will be fully involved and support the Ososo Carnival”, he reiterated.
Highpoint of the press conference was the official unveiling of the Ososo Carnival 2018 logo by the commissioner.
By Edoko Wilson Edoko