The governor of Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji, has been applauded by the Director-General of the state’s Bureau of Tourism Development, Amb Wale Ojo-Lanre, for his visit to the derelict house of the Ekiti-born world’s best carver, Olowe of Ise, in Ise-Ekiti yesterday.

During the visit, Governor Oyebanji expressed his commitment to transforming the house into a museum and tourism center, showcasing the rich awesome works of art of the late iconic carver.

A companies by the President of Olowe of Ise Art Foundation, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, the state Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akin Oyebode, Promoter of Tunde Odunlade Gallery of Arts Conezions, Ibadan, Prince Tunde Odunlade, and Ojo-Lanre, Governor Oyebanji visited the palace of the Oba of Ise, His Royal Majesty Oba Adetunji Ajayi, who prayed for the governor and the success of his vision for Ise on the Olowe of Ise Museum, before proceeding to the Olowe of Ise House

Ambassador Ojo-Lanre applauded Governor Oyebanji’s visionary approach to tourism development in Ekiti State.

He said, “By recognizing the significance of the works of Olowe of Ise and his decision to turn the derelict house of the late world’s renowned carver, whose works of art dominated museums all over Europe into a museum, the governor has taken a significant step towards preserving the image and legacy of Olowe of Ise, showcasing Ekiti arts and cultural heritage, and promoting tourism in the state.”

Amb Ojo-Lanre pointed out that the late Olowe of Ise is renowned globally for his exceptional woodcarvings, which have garnered international acclaim, adding that transforming his historic house into a museum and tourism center would not only attract tourists from around the world, but also provide an opportunity for local artisans to showcase their talent and contribute to the economic growth of the state.

A former chairman of the Oyo State Council of the Nigerian Union of Journalists and tourism buff expressed the belief that this initiative will not only boost the tourism sector of the state, and turn Ise-Ekiti into an art hub, but also create employment opportunities for the people of Ekiti State.

Amb Ojo-Lanre pledged his full support for Governor Oyebanji’s efforts in transforming the House of Olowe of Ise into a museum and tourism center.

He assured the governor that the Bureau will work tirelessly to ensure the successful implementation of this project, collaborating with relevant stakeholders to make it a reality.

He also also called on the people of Ekiti State to embrace and support this initiative and other tourism visions of the governor.

He said, “I enjoin all of us in the state not only to support Governor Oyebanji in all his programs, but also pray for him for success at transforming Ekiti State to an irresistible tourism destination.”

The Ekiti State Bureau of Tourism Development is responsible for the promotion and development of tourism in Ekiti State, Nigeria.

It also aimed to showcase the cultural heritage, natural beauty, and tourist attractions of the state, contributing to its economic growth and development.

All enquiries for partnership and collaboration can be directed to the DG of the Bureau, Amb Wale Ojo-Lanre at and +2348033490986.


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