LASU Sustains Coconut Breaking African Culture At Convocation
The celebration of the 23rd convocation ceremony for the 2018/2019 academic session of graduates produced by the Lagos State University (LASU) has come and gone.
However, some of the memorable events that marked the weeklong activities include the traditional Coconut breaking event that had become the hallmark of convocation ceremonies at LASU.
The coconut breaking event remains one ceremony that serves as a rallying point for students, staff and management of the university. A concerned observer said convocation at LASU is not complete without the coconut breaking ceremonies.
At the coconut breaking ceremony, Prof Olanrewaju Fagbohun, LASU Vice-Chancellor, charges members of the Alumni Association to take the Coconut Breaking Festival to the next level.
“The Coconut Breaking Festival is traditionally unique, infused with culture and tradition. It can become our own Ojude Oba. It can get bigger than this.
By the time I want to do my last Coconut Breaking, I want it to be infused with both a national and international blend”, he said.
True to his desire to give the ceremony global colouration in future, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in Istanbul, Turkey during the third cultural tourism conference organised in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) declared their support for cultural tourism as a driver for safeguarding living heritage, catalyzing creativity in cities, and spreading tourism’s socioeconomic benefits to all. A key conclusion from the conference was the need for a clear and strong link between tourism, culture and local community stakeholders.
Cultural tourism policies and strategies must consider the perspectives and interests of local communities, who can also assist governance bodies in balancing tourism development with heritage conservation and safeguarding. The importance of the celebration has been further accentuated, as the state also marks coconut day annually.