The Oyo State House of Assembly says the Legendary Yoruba Actress, Mama Abiodun Duro-Ladipo deserves to be given national recognition and honour to appreciate her immense contributions to the development and promotion of Yoruba Arts and Culture, especially Yoruba movies.

The house stated this at a Special Plenary Session held in honor of the octogenarian who was the wife of the late Yoruba theatre Icon, Chief Duro-Ladipo.

The Legislators, who showered encomiums on Mama Duro-Ladipo known by her stage name as Oya or Moremi, and her late husband, recalled some of the evergreen Yoruba movies of the couple which they said presented, exposed and projected Yoruba culture and language to the international community. 

They also rendered some of the sound tracks of the popular plays or some of the songs of Mama Duro-Ladipo in some of the plays at the special session.

The House of Assembly promised to support Duro-Ladipo Foundation and some of the movies of Mama as a way of celebrating, appreciating and honoring the actress while she is still alive.

The Speaker of Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon Adebo Ogundoyin said the Special Plenary Session was to honor and acknowledge the epic work of the living theater legend who symbolizes the culture and tradition of Yoruba.

Many Lawmakers spoke at the special sitting including the Chairman House Committee on Culture and Tourism, Hon Isiaka Kazeem Tunde (Oyo East/West), Hon Olatunde Kehinde (Akinyele 2) and Hon Kazeem Olayanju (Irepo/Olohunsogo) said the theatre profession in Nigeria owes a lot to the likes of Late Chief Duro-Ladipo and his wife, Late Chief Hubert Ogunde, AdeLove and so on who hailed from the South West region of Nigeria.

According to them, notable Yoruba works of the Duro-Ladipos like ‘Oba ko so’, ‘Oba Waja’, and other films like ‘Ajani Ogun’, ‘Ija Ominira’, ‘Aropin ni teniyan’, ‘Ayanmo’, ‘Ija Origin’ among others showcased the Yoruba rich cultural heritage and mythology.

One of the guests at the special sitting, Oloye Lekan Alabi said it was thoughtful and timely of the Oyo State House of Assembly to honor Mama Duro-Ladipo while still living.

The octogenarian appreciated the Oyo State House of Assembly and stressed that appreciating people who excelled in their chosen career was necessary to encourage others to give their best to their profession.

She said theater was not money spinning and not all comers’ affairs in the early 60s and 70s, and urged the House and the State Government to support some of her plays yet to be released.

It would be recalled that Mama Abiodun Duro-Ladipo celebrated her 80th year birthday in December, 2020.

Net/Babatunde Tiamiyu

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