The Lagos state government has unveiled a statue in honor of the Asa festival in Ikorodu.
The unveiling comes as the indigenes of the town unveiled the ‘Asa Traditional Festival’ to promote tourism and culture of the people of the area.
Mr Sanai Agunbiade, Majority Leader, Lagos State House of Assembly, who initiated rebirth of the festival, said it would be an annual celebration in all the six divisions of the area.
“We have revived this culture in the six divisions of Ikorodu and we hope it continues.
“Just like Eyo festival is celebrated on Lagos Island, we want to be celebrating this too in our community annually,“ said the Lagos lawmaker who is an Ikorodu indigene.
Speaking at the festival, Mrs Adebimpe Akinshola, Lagos State Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, who represented Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, lauded the initiative.
She said Asa was a popular cultural heritage in Ikorodu which had been long forgotten.
“As an indigene of Ikorodu, I have known Asa during my childhood days but suddenly it faded away, “Akinshola said.
Chief Olumayowa Johnson, who represented Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, traced the Asa culture to Ile-Ife and commended Ikorodu Indigenes for reviving it.
Also speaking, the Ikorodu monarch, Oba Kabiru Shotobi, commended the Lagos lawmaker for spearheading the revival of the festival.
“We appreciate this and we are happy this is happening in our town, henceforth, we will continue to celebrate this festival,” the Ayangburen of Ikorodu said.