The students of Ebunoluwa International School, Ofatedo, on Wednesday were on an academic excursion to the sought-after art centre, Aafin Ilu situated in Ede, Osun State.
Ààfin Ìlù is a MUST SEE tourism destination in Ede, Osun State.
No tour of an art centre in Osun state could be complete without a visit to the Ààfin Ìlù (Palace of Drum), a place the students wanted to experience for themselves.
The students were greeted by CEO and Founder, Prince Adewale Laoye (Drummer of Peace). He began the program using the Talking Drum to say ” Ekaabo Se Daadaa Le De”, a processional number in which Prince Laoye made the Talking Drum speak, as a human being would speak, greeting its guests in its own words, “How was your arrival? Hope there were no problems on your way here, and be assured there will be no problems on your way back.” Performances and activities included lectures and demonstrations on different types of drums, followed by a brief question and answer period.
Afterwards, the students were lectured about the Timi Agbale Olofa’na of Ede. Prince Laoye narrated the story of the Drummer king, who is also the late Timi of Ede, Oba John Adetoyese Laoye.
The students enjoyed the lectures and demonstrations. They did not realize that Yoruba drummers can make the drums speak and sing! Prince Laoye then used his Talking Drum to sing a Yoruba folk song, “Babalawo Mo Wa Bebe” and English song”Johnbull my son” He also made the drum call their names and recite the names of past Timis of Ede, and even the name of the former President of Nigeria. They were amazed!
The excursion culminated with a short lecture on the origins of Yoruba drums and their various uses. They then learned and sang Yoruba folk songs, and danced to the music of the Dundun drum rhythm. They did not want Prince Laoye to stop! The students very much enjoyed their visit, and a great time was had by all.
Prince Adewale Laoye expressed his appreciation to the management and staff of Ebunoluwa International School for giving their students first-hand experience of an art centre. He enjoined them to be regular visitors to Ààfin Ìlù to discover and learn more.
He urged Nigerians to visit the centre and learn more about Yoruba music, dance, culture and the amazing historical background of the many different sets of Yoruba drums, adding that “Ààfin Ìlù Awaits us”.
Speaking after the lecture, the Students said Ààfin Ìlù is no doubt, one of the most fascinating tourism destinations in Nigeria.