All is now set for the Ogun State Government to host the 2017 African Drums Festival which is an expanded version of the 2016 maiden edition tagged ‘’The Nigerian Drums Festival’’ where the tallest drum in the world was revealed.
The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, represented by his deputy, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga, made this known during a press conference and the unveiling of logo heralding the 2017 African Drums festival at the June 12, Cultural Centre, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The Governor who revealed that the festival would see over 21 troupes from 12 African countries display their cultural heritage through drums and dances, noted that the festival would start from April 20 to 22, 2017.
Amosun added that the festival with the theme “Reviving our Culture in Drums” would showcase the richness and depth of African culture to the world and portray the State in positive light.
The State helmsman, while emphasizing on the preservation of cultural heritage, said “2017 African Drums festival would afford us to learn from our cultural values, diversity and promote African unity”.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the 2017 African Drums Festival and the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa said the event would enhance the economic value of the State as locally made products would showcased at the event as well as expose the cultural heritage to the outside world, adding that the State government was committed to sustaining the drums festival.
In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Muyiwa Oladipupo said the festival would foster development, growth and unity not only in Nigeria but also in African as a whole.