…Condemns Movie Desecrating Lagos Heritage
The Apesinọla Ẹyọ Ọba Alakẹtẹ Pupa Ọkalaba Ẹkun, who also doubles as the Director General, DG, of a political support group, The Patriots Roundtable, Uthman Shodipe-Dosunmu, has insisted that Lagosians are not gangsters, as portrayed in a film making the rounds.
Describing the film and its depiction as “total abomination,” Shodipe-Dosunmu said, “It is not only a distortion of our culture , it is a dark insidious profiling of our people as criminals and murderers rampaging across Lagos.”
The Olóríẹkùn of Olowogbowo said this in a statement he personally signed and made available to the media on Wednesday, April 12 in Lagos.
The statement reads, “There is a film presently being promoted by one Jade Osiberu and another character called Kemi Akindoju. The so-called movie is an ugly, hate filled mockery of the Lagosian heritage.
“In their reckless, disgusting distortion of the sacred illustration of the Lagosian culture, the film makers reduced the Eyo masquerade into a gun toting killing machine, clothing their misfit actors in the full regalia of the Eyo and with the Aga depicting some conclaves.”
Insisting that the ‘Adamu Orisha’ is a treasured cleansing ritual and a sacred rite performed on the passage of an Oba or for their coronation, Shodipe-Dosunmu averred, “It is also used to honor distinguished Lagosians as their final rite of transition. Since Ejilu and Malakin, the brothers of Olori Olugbani first initiated the Eyo rite in celebration of Oba Ado Keme, the Adamu Orisha has become a sacred ancestral heritage celebrated with awe and deserving adoration.”
He added that the Eyo masquerade signifies a sweeping renewal, a purificational ritual to usher in a new beginning, a beckoning of new light, acknowledging the blessings of our ancestors, it is therefore “use the sacred Adamu Orisha masquerade as an object of terror and loose criminality is to savage and despoil the Lagosian tradition. It is vile, evil, perverse; an utterly sadistic mangling of who we are as peace-loving, accommodating and enlightened people.”
Demanding na immediate withdrawal of what he described as “sacrilegious and outrageous trash,” the Apesinọla said, “We demand that the National Film and Video Censors Board, NFVCB, and all appropriate authorities to ban this blatant mockery disguising as cinematography and impose the most punitive sanctions on the sponsors of this venomous ethnic profiling.
“We also appeal to the Lagos State government, the Oba of Lagos, Alayeluwa Oba Rilwan Akinolu, all the custodians of our tradition, including the Alaworo of Adamu Orisha and Akinsiku Chief Ademola Dosunmu, to rouse up in protective defense of our tradition against the ravages of these agents of condemnable pollution of all that we cherish in this sacred soil of Oba Ado Keme.
“Ethnic profiling is recognized as a crime against humanity by the International Court of Justice. This provision can also be invoked against these sacrilegious hate baiters.”