In preparation for the 2016 annual Usi Ekiti day celebration, the official logo for the 35th edition of the festival of unity has been unveiled. The unveiling which was part of the activities marking the 2nd Annual Olusi lecture.
The unveiling which was part of the activities marking the 2nd Annual Olusi lecture organised by the university of Ibadan chapter of Egbe Omo Usi held at the Faculty of Technology Lecture hall of the university recently. While taking people trough the logo, a member of the planning committee, Mr Olu Ojo said the logo symbolised strength and unity of the people who always roll out drums to celebrate the peaceful environment and blessings from the creator.
In his remark, Oba Adedayo George Akande, the Olusi of Usi Ekiti described the annual lecture as an event that will further strengthen the unity and development of Usi community particularly among those in the diasporas.
Oba Akande who was accompanied to the event by his wife, traditional chiefs and other notable personalities from the town harped on the need for the privileged, exposed and educated ones to always contribute to the advancement of the younger generations who are the future of the communities The monarch also appealed to people to be tolerant of each other’s religious belief and conscious of the need to live in harmony,” it is not a crime to worship or pay obeisance to the tradition, but we should not allow it to affect others who do not share the same beliefs”.
He however commended the Ipaye and youth of Usi Ekiti and other stakeholders for their steadfastness and contribution to the progress of the community urging them not to relent in their effort to ensure the community is better developed with basic amenities and infrastructures.
The National President of Usi, Mr Debo Ayorinde while briefing Usi indigenes on the preparation for the one week event said this year’s edition will be hosted by Egbe Omo Usi and that series of programmes have been lined up for the event.
Professor Ayorinde Dada, in his lecture entitled The role of education in the development of a community with special reference to Usi Ekiti said education is a catalyst to community development.”
He concluded the lecture with an appeal to the teeming population of Usi illustrious sons and daughters that are shining so brightly in Nigeria and beyond, but are yet to be part of the community development to come and be part of history “come over to Usi and help us” in other word, what you have done so well outside, come home and demonstrate it to us”.
The event featured presentation of awards to Professor Babatope Alo, chairman Governing Council, College of Education, Ikere Ekiti who is also the chairman of the occasion, Professor Dada, the guest lecturer and Miss Usi 2015. Indigenes of Usi Ekiti who are studying various degrees in the university were also presented with certificate of honour and medals.