Why Ondo adopted Oodua Anthem —Akeredolu

ONDO ADOPTS O’DUA ANTHEM FOR STATE

The Ondo State Executive Council has approved the adoption of the O’dua Anthem which projects the virtues, tradition and culture of the Yoruba tribe.

The state Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu ,SAN, who made the announcement on Thursday at the commencement of the State Executive Council meeting said the anthem would henceforth be rendered immediately after the National Anthem at state functions.

The Anthem was rendered by the cultural troupe of the State Ministry of Culture and Tourism and chorused by all members of the Cabinet which was dissolved by Governor Akeredolu.

The Yoruba Anthem was coined and composed by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo as a cultural symbol of Yorubas at home and abroad and as a call to reawaken their hearts to the rich values of the tribe.

Already, Ondo State is the second state in the Southwest to adopt the O’dua Anhem after Osun State.

Governor Akeredolu, shortly before the dissolution of the Exco, disclosed that the Governors in the region will soon meet to ensure that other states in the Southwest that are yet to adopt the anthem are also made to follow the path of Osun and Ondo.

The lyrics of the Oodua Anthem goes thus;

1. Ise wa fun ile wa

Fun Ile Ibi Wa

Ka gbee ga

Ka gbee ga

Ka gbee ga

fun aye ri

2. Igbagbo wa ni pe

Bati beru

la bomo

Ka sise

Ka sise

Ka sise

ka jo la

3. Isokan ati ominira

Ni ke je ka maa lepa

Tesiwaju f opo ire

Ati ohun to dara

4. Omo Oodua dide

Bo si ipo eto re

Iwo ni imole

Gbogbo Adulawo

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