Fanfare As Elizade Varsity Students Promote Culture

It was promotion of culture, demonstration of cultural values and exhibition of cultural uniqueness when Students of Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State held the maiden edition of their week.

In the event that featured cultural dance competition, inter-ethnic cooking competition and showcasing of traditional setting, the entire University Community was entertained as students let viewers into their unique culture.

In the dance competition, Ibo and Yoruba tribes came first, having impressed the panel of Judges in the same manner. Dressed in traditional attires, the two tribes showed their dancing steps, rhythm and composure to the satisfaction of the judges. Edo/Delta/Rivers came second with Akwa Ibom group coming fourth.

Cooking competition brought a change in fortune to Edo/Delta/Rivers group, having prepared four varieties of delicious dishes which aroma and taste shook the judging pens of members of Panel. Yoruba and Akwa Ibom came second with Ibo coming third.

In the exhibition of tradition setting, it was a close tie to call as all the tribes matched one another. Yoruba students built their palace with their King gorgeously dressed on the throne of his forefathers with his “irukere” in his hand and surrounded by his three Oloris (wives). The Ibo students constructed their palace in a unique way that assigned a strategic portion for their Igwe who sat on the throne with his wife beside him. The Edo/Delta/Rivers students, who came first in cooking competition, showed that that was not by accident as they dressed their Oba in a way reminiscent of Oba of Benin and Olu of Warri. The Obong of Akwa-Ibom as presented by the Akwa-Ibom students was not to be sidelined as he matched other kings from the other tribes.

The overall grading brought separation into the close competitions as other criteria were used. With criteria like punctuality to the venue after building of huts and cooking, cleanliness of the kitchen and its surroundings, reception of members of panel by each tribe in their palace, use of local languages, setting of dining tables, among other criteria, members of panel were able to separate the tribes.

The Yorubas emerged the overall winners with 85% with Edo/Delta/Rivers coming close second with 80%. The Ibos, who were expected to compete strongly for the first position following their earlier strong performance, came close third with 78% after they were undone by their lateness to the venue. Small details separated the Ibos and students from Akwa-Ibom whose coming fourth with 74% was attributed largely to their numerical disadvantage.

Speaking at the event, the Registrar of the University, Mr. Omololu Adegbenro expressed surprise at the “wonderful” display of the students. He said that the students, through their exceptional display, showed that they have been instilled with the cultural and traditional values of their respective tribes.

Mr. Adegbenro commended the students for their commitment, hard work and dedication in building their huts, cooking their traditional dishes and showing their culture in dance. He promised the continued support of the University for them.

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