Lisabi Day Celebration Winners0
In the last 25 years, the Egbas have not done anything less to celebrate their hero, the legendary Lisabi who gave them hope, freedom and independence. The essential Lisabi Agbongbo Akala is, in the last 25 years, celebrated by the Egbas in the annual Lisabi Festival.
Lisabi Festivals to an average Egba man goes beyond the rituals. It is an avenue to demonstrate the rich culture of Egbaland, an avenue to recognize and celebrate worthy heroes and heroines, living or dead and above all, an avenue to promote the culture of the Egbas and engrave same as indelible prints in the minds of the young folks.
The year 2012 edition of the Lisabi Festival, which held from February 27 to March 4, was in a class of its own and a festival like never before.
The beauty of the festival came to the fore during the inter-school debate competition organised among secondary schools in the five local governments that make up Egbaland.
The topic of the debate: “Bi Awon Omobirin Koba ni Eko Iwe Dunju, Ifaseyin yoo ba Idagbasoke, Eto Amuludun ati Oro Aje”, which when translated means “If the girl child is not given qualitative education it will bring a drawback to progress and economic development of a nation” was debated in Yoruba language by the students.
While the debate lasted, the Centenary Hall, venue of the competition, witnessed the best use of Yoruba proverbs, witty sayings by young school children and at the end of the day, Asero High School, Abeokuta, led by the duo of Olusola Babatunde Olarewaju and Salaudeen Yusufu Akande, defeated the duo of Ojelade Olufunke and Adeyanju Taiwo from Itori Comprehensive High School, Itori, Ewekoro.
As it was in the debate, so was it in the inter – school quiz competition which had all its questions centered on Egba culture, history, traditions and Yoruba proverbs.
The quiz was as colourful as it was entertaining. Orile Keesi Grammar School came first, followed by Itori comprehensive High School and District comprehensive High School, Agbado in second and third positions respectively.
Besides the debate and quiz competitions, the 2012 Lisabi Festival did not go without testing the physical strength of the Egba youths. A football competition that held its final at the Moshood Abiola Stadium saw the students of International Academy, a football academy owned by the legendary footballer, Segun Odegbami, won the trophy while Pakito High School won the silver medal.
The theme of this year’s festival, tagged “Retaining the Girl Child in School”, as apt, and enjoined parents to give university education to girls, adding that secondary education was now inadequate for a child to lead qualitative life.
The Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo announced that Globacom, the giant telecommunication company in the country, in addition to sponsoring the festival, also made a donation of N2 million to the Girl Child Trust Fund, which formed the thrust of the festival for the year 2012.
He described the theme of this year’s festival, tagged “Retaining the Girl Child in School”, as apt, and enjoined parents to give university education to girls, adding that secondary education was now inadequate for a child to lead qualitative life.
Excerpt for Nigerian Tribune Website