The white man invented various games – football, tennis, basketball, poker, bridge, chess and turned them into serious economic activity.
Our unlettered fathers were innovative, they created recipes which we met but we are yet to add value to. They also invented the Ayo game.
If we can’t add to these innovations, at least we shouldn’t let the legacies die.
Ayo Olopon, having been neglected by all, is now again on the front burner by Lanre Laoshe Foundation, and taking it beyond the older generation and the unlettered.
It is making it endearing to all especially the younger folks, setting a stage for the competition to once again take the game back to its position among the Yorubas, and Nigerians as a whole.
The Foundation in its efforts to preserve our “Heritage” started an annual Ayò Olópón contest in Ògùn Central in 2016 and the second edition held on Friday, July 14, 2017.
Participants at the 2017 edition came from all the 20 local government councils of Ogun state and the final was competed by Olusegun Abiodun of Abeokuta South LG and Musiliu Adebakin of Odeda LG.
Abiodun emerged the winner for the second time at the competition held at Daktad Hotel, Quarry Road, Ibara Abeokuta.