The Cultural and Natural Heritage Foundation, Idanre, Nigeria was inaugurated as the outcome of the seminar for promoting Oke Idanre Cultural Landscape and its environs as a potential site for sustainable tourism in Ondo State.
In 2007, Oke Idanre Cultural Landscape was placed on the tentative list of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
It was registered under the corporate affairs commission, Nigeria in 2010 as a non governmental, non religious, non sectarian organization, in order to lend legitimacy to its various heritage activities. Its membership cuts across enthic and even national borders.
The Organisation has been fully involved in the research and development of the Site for preservation and development as a tourist centre without destroying its heritage value. The later alone was considered as the one which will enable the site to maintain its authenticity and therefore its sustainability.
The Organisation has devoted its activities to the heritage research, not only in Idanre but elsewhere in Nigeria. It has promoted activities towards the maintenance of cultural and natural sites for sustainable tourism. Through its educational activities, Cultural and Natural Heritage Foundation has held many workshops and seminars to raise the awareness of the public to the importance of maintaining the cultural and natural heritage of the communities in Nigeria.
We have hosted the Youth activities including World Heritage Volunteers in 2010, and 2012. We organize Youth clubs for volunteer work and sports and other recreational activities. One of our recent actitivies is the promotion of Wakama, Ayo Opon as a national heritage. Ayo Opan is a board game played in many parts of Nigeria from antiquity. It is called different names in different communities across Africa and the Caribbean States.
We are also planning to establish cultural museum in Idanre.
We have initiated campaigns against bush burning and have promoted cultural activities in Idanre and Ondo State.
We network with some organizations such as: INTBAU, NNNGO, VWAN, In 2014, we joined as an institutional member of ICOMOS.
We have published a number of books and booklets:
- “Why Seek ye what on Idanre Hills?”, by Charles Akinde, 2007.
- “Idanre Hills, The melting Pot of Nature and Tradition”, by Charles Akinde, 2008.
- “The Origin of Orosun Festival in Idanre”, by Agboola Akintan, 2009.
- “Idanre Heritage”, by Charles Akinde, 2012.
- “Orosun: The person, the goddess, the festival – Aspects of the Intangible heritage of Idanre”.
Apart from the above, we published for a period the quarterly newsletter titled “Heritage and Tourism” in Idanre.
Enquiries should be forwarded to:
Cultural and Natural Heritage Foundation, Idanre, Nigeria.
Heritage Centre Complex, P.O. Box 109, Odode Idanre, Ondo State, Nigeria.
Charles O. Akinde, Ph.D.
Tel +234 706 930 8712
Chief Mrs. Christianah Olufolaju, B.Psy.
Tel: +234 803 726 2215 803