IDENTITY by Ademola Ojo


There is a saying in Yoruba: Odo toba gbagbe orisun re, yoo gbe. This implies that any river that forgets
its source will dry.
Culture is meant to be preserved. The extent to which indigenous culture is seen as primitive cannot be overemphasized. Consequently, this happens to be the root cause of the current state of Nigeria’s problem.

Hence my umpteen works tend to take us back to the cradle of my cultural identity; exploring the Ife bronze Head as a tool of discussion of our Identity, Origin, Tribe, Lineage as Cultural people.

Ile-Ife is considered the exact site of creation that is where gods descended from heaven and created the World as we know it in Yoruba History. Ife was founded by deities Oduduwa and Obatala fashioned the first Human out of clay.

The average indigenous Africans need to have the in depth understanding of their cultural identity and appreciate their peculiarity as black people.

There must be someone to document who we are, what we have and where we hail from as Cultural People in other for the next generation not to misrepresent themselves as a result of the effect of colonization.

I am presently documenting the current state of the effect of colonization in our indigenous culture
by documenting the current social way of life in our immediate environment and human phenomenal: with
a view of communicating our experience, lifestyle, season, value, believe and civilization to the next generation.