The Ogun State Government has disclosed that the African Drums Festival would now hold between April 20-22 of every year just as 18 feet drum was unveiled as against the 17 feet at the maiden edition of the Nigerian Drums Festival last year.
The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who made this known while declaring open the African Drums Festival in Abeokuta, said it was imperative to have a fixed date for the festival as its status was no longer a mere gathering, but a gathering of people of diverse cultures cutting across various countries in Africa and beyond.
“We realised three days will be more than enough. We are going to bring so many innovations to the African Drums Festival, I urge people to come with their artefacts so that we can share ideas and knowledge to sustain our custom’’.
We have our Drums here, the African Drums Festival has come to stay in Ogun State. People will gather from all over the world, it is going to be truly what we call it, African Drums Festival, what we did last year, we did 17 feet, now we are doing 18 feet,” He said.
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Mr. Seriake Dickson, noted that Drums was central to all African countries and also an important part of the African culture.
“I want to thank my brother, the governor of Ogun State for using the drum, the African drum as a point of unity, as he has made us to come together and talk about our rich culture. This is the kind of thing we should all be doing in this country,” He said.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Muhammad who was represented by the Artistic Director of the National Troupes, Comrade Tar Ukoh, thanked the Ogun State government for bringing people together from different parts of Africa to celebrate culture through the beating of Drums, noted that Drums symbolises the spiritual and physical manifestation of self recognition.
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon Muyiwa Oladipo, in his welcome address, stated that the significance of Drums to Africans could not be emphasised as a typical traditional gathering was not complete without drumming, noting that the beats and rhythm from drums could keep an audience lively and place them in tune with the main course of such gathering.
He disclosed that the 2017 edition of the festival was better and richer in content, glamorous in outlook, authoritative in cultural display and performance