June 07, (THEWILL) – Princess Toyin Kolade, the Iyalaje Oodua, has received an award for excellence from Lead City University. The award ceremony took place during a three-day programme in which eminent Nigerians in the culture and performing arts sector were hosted by the institution.
Kolade was presented with an award for her contribution to the development of the arts and culture locally and internationally.
Since the oil and gas mogul became the Iyalaje Oodua, she has been promoting Nigerian and African culture through her involvement in the internalisation of the country’s culture. One of her greatest contributions to the development of culture in Nigeria is through the celebration of Aje festival, a celebration of wealth and fertility in Yorubland and Olojo festival which is used to mark the creation of the universe.
Both festivals were revived by Princess Kolade. She also ensured the launch of the festivals internationally in Brazil and some other part of the international community. While receiving the award, she thanked the Institution for the honour and for recognising her contribution towards the advancement of indigenous African culture as a whole. The award is coming months after she was exonerated from an alleged fraud case running into several millions of dollars.