The Director General of Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture, Wale Ojo Lanre has unveiled the state government’s plan to project and market pounded yam for international patronage.
Describing pounded yam a major local cuisine associated with the people of Ekiti State, Mr Ojo-Lanre said the state was consciously taking steps to ensure international tourists always look forward to consuming the cuisine.
The DG who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria in an exclusive interview said the state council visited Hungary and some other foreign countries where pounded yam was prepared using the local mortar and pestle and it generated huge interest among foreigners.
“We will continue this until we are able to have pounded yam centres in foreign countries just like we have Chinese restaurants all around us here in the country,” he said.
He added that the council was also exporting mortars and pestles used in the preparation of pounded yam against the innovative yam pounder machines for cultural preservation.
Mr Ojo-Lanre urged Nigerians to see culture and arts beyond being fetish or devilish but as means of wealth creation for individuals and revenue generation for the country.