Pupils, parents as well as teachers of a leading Private School in Matogbun, Adeyemi Private School were all dressed gorgeously in local attires to celebrate the school annual cultural day. The event which was held on Wednesday, 10th of April, 2019 was well attended by several dignitaries and community leaders which include: Deacon O. M. Olapade, Chairman, Matogbun Area CDC; Pa Opaleye; Mrs Ajadi, Women Leader, Matogbun Area CDC; Mr Adewoyin, PTA chairman; Mrs Oloyede; Mrs Adewoye; Mr Olugbohunde as well as Mrs Abiola.
The event which was mainly anchored in Yoruba language, a local dialect widely spoken in Western Nigeria was kicked start with an opening prayer, followed by recitation of the national anthem, state anthem as well as the school anthem.
The director of the school, Otunba Peter Olusanya popularly called Agbara Oke Odo in his welcome address said the event is meant to promote Nigeria cultural heritage adding that language is a key factor in unity of any country. He said too much of local dialect is one of the reasons Nigerians are not unite saying the school had set Wednesday aside for speaking Yoruba language in order to promote the language.
Activities at the event include: praises to God, Yoruba cultural dances (Ijebu, Egba, Ondo/Ekiti, Osun), ekun iyawo (Bride cry), Igbo cultural dance as well as exhibition of various local foods.
Matogbun Area CDC chairman, Deacon O. M. Olapade while commenting on one of the programme performed by the students of the school, ekun iyawo admonished the young ones, especially the females that they should face their studies squarely adding that they should be financially stable by empowering themselves before getting married.
The Parents Teachers Association (PTA) chairman of the school, Mr Adewoyin in his closing remarks said the programme is a laudable one that enlighten both parents and pupils saying everyone has learn one or two things at the event today. He then admonished the parents to always support the programme and appreciate all guests for coming.
Cultural day is an annual event that usually celebrated in primary and secondary schools in Nigeria, it is meant to showcasing and promote Nigeria’s cultural heritage. It usually celebrated every second term of each academic session.