Some Brazilian tourists who arrived Oyo State last week on a tour of sites and discussions on the development of a partnership between the Yoruba culture in Bahia, Brazil and Oyo State, have declared their decision to promote the Yoruba culture.
The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr Toye Arulogun who received the tourists led by Leopoldino Alves De Campos (Baba L’Orisa), stated that the visit to Oyo state is a fruit of his ministry’s recent meetings with the Brazilian Embassies in Abuja and Lagos.
Mr Arulogun said that the state government is committed to the Yoruba cultural exchange with the Brazilians because it is “aware that there is a strong inter-cultural relationship between the Yorubas here and those in Brazil, especially Bahia, where they do things in common with us in the South western part of the country.”
Arulogun also extended a promise to them (the Brazilians) trace their cultural origin. This, he said “will lead to the official connection between Brazil and Nigeria and promote the two countries’ relationship. Hopefully we would soon have a twin city arrangement and understanding.”
The leader of the delegation, Leopoldino Alves De Campos in his response to the warm welcome said it excites Brazilians to visit Nigeria, especially the South Western part of the country which shares the same cultural values with Brazil, noting that there are several thousands of Yoruba traditional worship centres in Brazil.
He promised that they are ready to preserve the culture and tradition of the Yoruba heritage, noting that many Brazilians are enthusiastic take a trip down to Nigeria, in order to further rediscover their origin.
Leopoldino Alves De Campos said the team will visit the Oke’badan shrine and Oje market in Ibadan, Egungun initiation centre in Oyo, the Igbo Oranmiyan in Ile-Ife and other tourist attraction centres in the South west region of the country.
Arulogun earlier paid working visits to the Brazilian Ambassador and Consular General, and both parties agreed on a bilateral relationship that will further unite Nigeria and Brazil as well as strengthen the ties between Oyo State and the Yoruba community in Bahia, Brazil.