Nigeria can develop tourism through traditional religion
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Dr Paula Gomes has sent a strong message to Yorubas and the Nigerian government to be proud of their heritage as a way of self-development.
Figurines on display at the World Sango Festival 2016 Photo: Michael Obasa In an exclusive interview with during the 2016 World Sango Festival which took place in Oyo, the cultural ambassador to the Alaafin of Oyo said Yorubas should be proud of what they have. Gomes said there was a lot of misconception surrounding the traditional Yoruba religion as many Yorubas think it is all about idol worship. She explained that Yorubas believe in only one God referred to as Eledumare and that the concept of idol worship is actually broad.Dr Paula Gomes urged Yorubas to be proud of their heritage Photo: Michael Obasa She said that Jesus who is worshipped by Christians is actually a form of idol worship as just like some people worship artistes. According to her: “People here, they believe that what comes from outside (religion) is good and what belongs to them is wrong. The Yorubas believe that their own culture is to worship idols which is wrong. The Yorubas don’t worship idols; the Yorubas worship only one god which is Eledumare. “This Eledumare, nobody can see him; even the God for Christians. God is only one, nobody can see God.© 2016


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