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Nigeria's Ifa corpus enters UNESCO heritage list

Discussion in 'Religion, Philosophy & Spirituality' started by vince, Dec 1, 2005.

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    ORUNMILA, the Patron Saint of Ifa practitioners which other praise name is "Okunrin Kikuru Oke Igeti" (the small statured one resident in Igeti Hill), must have beamed a smile at the weekend.

    The country, in far away Paris, booked another place on the UNESCO cultural heritage map as Ifa, the country's submission to the Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity secured the approval of the international body.

    The occasion was the Third Proclamation of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage and Nigeria was among 75 member states whose 65 cultural masterpieces were reviewed by an international jury composed of 18 members.

    The five-day conference, which ended last Friday in Paris, France, had in attendance two representatives from Nigeria. They were Professors Wande Abimbola, Special Adviser to President Olusegun Obasanjo on Culture and Traditional Matters and Akinwumi Ishola.

    Nigeria's ambassador and Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Professor Michael Omolewa described the development as outstanding.

    "It is with great pleasure that I am announcing to you that our entry of Ifa into the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity is successful. The decision was taken last night by the International Jury and it was announced today (Friday) at the award ceremony held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris,'' according to a press statement by Omolewa

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