A tourism expert and Chairman of Aloha Hotel and Resort, Soba Oyeleke, says tourism and culture are veritable tools for nation-building and employment-generating links.
Oyeleke, who is the convener of the Kawai Hula dance, a new dance step brought into Nigeria from Hawaii in the United States of America, stated in a statement made available to Financial Street on Monday.
According to him, dance and other aspects of culture can serve as a means of creating a bond among citizens while at the same time serving as money-spinning ventures.
He said, “Since Osun State doesn’t have oil or anything else to export for money, the state government should take advantage of the potential available in the tourism sector to boost the state’s economy for the prosperity of the youths.
“Kawai Hula dance is something Osun State can tap into for an improvement in internally-generated revenue. It is a unique dance, a kind of dance that is very interesting and capable of fostering love and friendship among the people if the people can take interest in it.
“Tourism and culture is big business around the world today. Osun can take this rare opportunity of making the Hula Kawaii dance go round the state. If the state can take and own this dance in Nigeria, it will be very good because it will add to some of the already existing tourism potential of the state.”
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