Osun State is set to make history this season as governor of the state, Ogbeni Raufu Aregbesola, will be unveiling the tallest traditional gong, otherwise called Agogo.
The traditional gong was commonly used in the pre-civilised Yoruba Kingdom as a means of calling the attention of the people to an important message usually carried by the King’s messenger.
The event, which will have participants dressed in native attire to symbolise the Yoruba culture, will hold at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo.
Governor Aregbesola is expected to unveil the colourful gong at an elaborate ceremony, to be followed by scintillating fireworks display to create a unique blend of culture, tradition and tourism.
The structure was built in collaboration with Laface Entertainment and Plus One media.
Organizers of the event, Laface Entertainment, said the unveiling will not only break the Guinness book of world records, it will also create a unique cultural standard set by the Yoruba race.
According to a spokesman for the outfit, Tunde Osinibosi, the “Transition prayers will also be offered in the unique Ipinle Omoluabi style as the world welcomes 2015 in grand style”.
Osinibosi also emphasised that according to Aregbesola’s vision, “This event will ultimately become a major yearly culture and tourism show, as the state of Osun (Ipinle Omoluabi) becomes the Mecca of the Yoruba race for those who see the traditional and spiritual need to usher in the New Year in the State of Osun”.