Renowned Arts curator, Tunde Odunlade of the Arts and Culture Connexions and the Association of Nigeria Theatre-Arts Practitioners (ANTP) have expressed willingness to partner with the Oyo State Government in continuation of its campaign to promote Yoruba cultural values in the state.
To this end, both Odunlade and ANTP, on Thursday, held separate meetings with the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism in the state, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The meeting was to discuss moves to consciously promote the State’s rich cultural and tourism potentials.
Speaking, Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, paid eloquent tribute to the two stakeholders, adding that the State Government was ready to tap into their wealth of experience in promoting culture in the State.
He described Chief Odunlade, who owns Tunde Odunlade Arts and Culture Connexions, as a leader who is committed to promoting Nigerian culture across the globe.
While commending Chief Odunlade, whose Arts gallery in Ibadan, has helped promote tourism in the State, Olatunbosun also promised his office’s readiness to support the forthcoming Yoruba World Culture Festival, scheduled to hold in Abeokuta.
“You are an iconic artist whose outstanding works have significantly impacted the tourism industry by positively showcasing Nigerian Arts & Culture locally and abroad over the years”, he said.
Also speaking during ANTP’s visit, Olatunbosun noted that Governor Seyi Makinde’s administration was actively investing in Oyo State’s creative industry, reiterating that his vision for the industry’s growth is in tandem with theirs.