First accomplished Nigerian female talking drummer, Aralola Olamuyiwa also known as Ara, who has been in the game for over 25 years, has been appointed as a Cultural Ambassador of the Ife kingdom by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi
According to the letter addressed to Ara, she was recognized for her cultural contribution to Ile Ife and Yoruba land as a whole. She would serve in that capacity as a promoter and preserver of the Talking drum for future generations.
Ooni and Ara
She has also shown appreciation to the Ooni of Ife for the appointment through her social media accounts by writing:
“With deepest appreciation to my lord, His Imperial Majesty Oba Adeyeye Babatunde Enitan Ogunwusi for appointing me cultural ambassador of his kingdom, words fail me and I cannot thank you enough sir. This is all the encouragement i need to remain steadfast and continue to promote our culture i promise to make you even more proud , the entire Yoruba race and Nigeria. My heart is filled with so much joy, this is the highest honour ever. God bless you my king. Long may you live. Arole Oodua! Official ceremony loading…”
Read her official appointment letter from the influential Osun monarch below;