Ojo Bakare has echoed the contributions of Culture to the
socio-economic development of the State, through a tremendous
transformation and restoration of its rich cultural heritage thereby
boosting the economic and social lives of the people.
Prof. Bakare made this assertion during the opening ceremony of the
year 2020 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) holding in
Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Bakare informed that the State contingent was at NAFEST to show case
the latest development of the State within the past two years of
Governor Kayode Fayemi led administration.
“And so we have to let the world know since you cannot sit in one
corner of your room and believe that the world would know your
strength and the goodness that you carry within you, that is one of
the reasons we are here at NAFEST 2020,to let the world see the
goodness in Ekiti State, the turnaround for better and the beauty of
our culture, and to let the world know that Ekiti was a haven of
Tourists and a new Tourism destination “he said.
Speaking on this year’s theme:” post covid-19 and cultural dynamism”
he opined that the performances and presentations of the State
Cultural Ambassadors will direct people’s attention and consciousness
to how we can leverage on our arts and culture to survive economic
hardship that covid-19 pandemic forced on us as a people.
The commissioner charged the contingents to take advantage of the new
innovations, dimensions and personnel that have been injected into the
sector to break the Jinx’s by winning medals for the State so as to
justify the confidence that was reposed in them more so that the state
is participating in all the nine competitive events such as ;choral
music ,children’s indigenous Music Instrumentation; Traditional Board
Game; Children’s Craft : Indigenous Fabric and Fashion; Children Essay
Writing among other competition.
In his welcome address, the Director General, National Council of
Arts and Culture, (NCAC) Otunba Segun Runsewe noted that the festival
since inception in 1970 has become a veritable platform for bringing
Nigerians from all sectors together to showcase their cultural
strength and consolidate the nation’s unity in diversity.
He informed that each edition of the festival responds and
interrogates a specific prevailing thematic issues in the nation’s
historical, social, economic and political evolution, hence the theme
of this year’s edition, ”post covid-19 and cultural dynamism “was a
direct response to the challenges posed by the covid-19 pandemic to
the cultural sector in Nigeria and ways of mitigating these
The festival which drew participants from the 36 -states of the
federation and the federal capital territory, was scheduled to hold
between Monday 21st November and Saturday 28th November 2020.
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