The rejuvenation and promotion agenda of the Arts and Cultural sector
of the Dr. Kayode Fayemi-led administration have not only began to
yield positive result but have gained global recognition as evident at
the ongoing National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST 2019) in
Benin, Edo State, where the contingent showcased Ekiti Pounded Yam at
the parade of Royal cuisine.
Following the contingent’s outstanding performance at the opening
parade held at the University of Benin Sports Stadium, was the states
presentation at the Royal Cuisine Competition where it presented step
by step cultural manner of preparing pounded yam, specifically as a
meal prepared in the palace for the consumption of an Ekiti King.
The aroma of the delicacies prepared by the contingent which was
garnished with medicinal roots and herbs such as “Iru”(locust beans)
“Ira”(bark of a particular tree), “Osun”(turmeric), “efirin”(scent
leaf) among others attracted a multitude of participants who scrambled
to have a taste of Ekiti Pounded yam, while the dramatic Royal
Blessing to the mimetic actions that accompanied the exceptional
narration and the scintillating dance steps coupled with the sonorous
voices of the State Standing Cultural Troupe all added glamour to the
brilliant performance of the contingent.
The Director General, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture,
Ambassador Wale Ojo Lanre who led the contingent to the cultural
fiesta said the need to preserve Ekiti cultural heritage for posterity
sake was sacrosanct, while emphasizing the significance and the
medicinal attributes of Ekiti natural food which are antidotes and
cure to some common ailments and diseases in the society.
In his remarks, the Director General, National Council for Arts and
Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe commended the government of Ekiti
State for its doggedness towards revitalizing the Arts and Cultural
sector which has enabled the contingent to present a uniquely branded
Ekiti culture from the preparation, serving, eating of the famous
“Iyan Ekiti” (Ekiti Pounded Yam) to the arts and crafts materials that
were used in the whole process.