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Ààfin Ìlù receives contestants of Osun beauty pageant as event set to hold on Saturday


The fastest global growing art centre, Ààfin Ìlù, Ede, Osun State on Wednesday, 23rd December, 2020 hosted the contestants of Most Beautiful Face in Osun 2020 as part of activities lined up for the Lockdown Edition of the event scheduled to take on 26th December, 2020 by 3pm at Osamdo Hall, Osogbo.


Following an official visitation letter, the organizers noted that their activities to crown a new queen would be incomplete without a visit to the Ààfin Ìlù (Palace of Drum), a place the contestants needed to experience for themselves.



The beautiful contestants were welcomed by CEO and Founder, Prince Adewale Laoye (Drummer of Peace). He began the program using the Talking Drum to say ” Ekaabo Se Daadaa Le De”, a processional number in which Prince Laoye made the Talking Drum speak, as a human being would speak, greeting its guests in its own words, “How was your arrival? Hope there were no problems on your way here, and be assured there will be no problems on your way back.”

 

The introduction was performed to show the importance of greetings in Nigeria, especially among the Yorubas. Greetings are the first symbols of love. They are done cheerfully, happily and submissive.


Prince Laoye emphasized the purpose and meaning of Yoruba greetings and the role of Yoruba drums in it. When these are complete, everyone feels great and happy. They all have a sense of belonging. Performances and activities included lectures and demonstrations on different types of drums, followed by a brief question and answer period.


The guests during the event said they enjoyed the lectures and demonstrations. They found it amazing all what the Yoruba drums are all about. “It was an exciting, thrilling and interactive moment” they said.


Prince Laoye also used his Talking Drum to sing a Yoruba folk song, “Babalawo Mo Wa Bebe.” He also made the drum call their names and recite the names of past Timis of Ede, and even the name of the former President of Nigeria.


The tour culminated with a short lecture on the origins of Yoruba drums and their various uses. They then learnt, sang Yoruba folk songs, and danced to the music of the Dundun drum rhythm. They did not want Prince Laoye to stop! The contestants very much enjoyed their visit, and a great time was had by all.


Speaking shortly after the event, Drummer of Peace told reporters that “Ààfin Ìlù is a must see tourism destination in Ede, Osun State.


“I invite each and everyone to come visit us and learn more about Yoruba music, dance, culture and the amazing historical background of the many different sets of Yoruba drums, Ààfin Ìlù Awaits You all” he added.


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