Osun-Osogbo festival: Brazilian tourist wants stronger-Brazil ties

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Mr Paulo OliveiraLAGOS – Mr Paulo Oliveira, Director of Studies, Centro de Orunmila in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, has called for a stronger cultural ties between Nigeria and Brazil.

Oliveira made call on Friday in Osogbo an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the ongoing Osun- Osogbo Festival.

He said Brazil had cultural affinity with Nigeria and it should be used to foster a better relationship with Nigerian people particularly Yoruba.

“For instance in Brazil, we remove our caps before greeting our traditional rulers, we also prostrate to greet them just like Yoruba.
“We eat, dance and worship same way Yoruba do, and most of us are traditional worshipers.
“There is, therefore, need for a better and stronger relationship between two countries,’’ Oliveira said.
director also traced the origin of some of Brazillians to Oduduwa in Ile-Ife, Osun,
whom he described as progenitor of Yoruba.

“I believe that majority of Brazillians are not foreigners, but Nigerians.

“If one reads history of Brazil very well, you will be able to trace their origin to Ile-Ife and that is why most Brazillians believe that we are Yoruba.’’

Oliveira said in some parts of Brazil god of Sango, Obatala, Sonpona, Oya, Ogun and Irunmole were still being worshipped.

“We are still worshipping the gods till date, it is a generational thing.

“It is because of our common cultural heritage that we are here to attend the Osun-Osogbo Festival,’’ he said. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]