2,800 expected to attend Edo Heritage Sports, Cultural Festival – The Sun Nigeria

From Ighomuaye Lucky, Benin

Organizers of the Edo Heritage Sports Festival and Carnival, a talent competition, said yesterday that around 2,800 people will take part in the upcoming event aimed at developing the talents of Nigerian youth.

Princess Omoyemwen Adeyinka-Afolabi, chief executive of Heritage and Sports Colony International, said the event aimed to reach out to the grassroots, promote Nigeria’s rich culture and encourage girls’ participation in sports.

At a press conference in Benin City, Adeyinka-Afolabi said the eight-day 5th edition of the initiative, which will take place at the Victor Uwaifo Creative Hub, will feature entertainment, culture and varieties of sports competition.

She said the Edo Heritage Sports Festival and Carnival is in partnership with the Edo State Skills Development Agency (EdoJobs), a response agency under the state government. from Edo.

“This event is a mix of culture and sport. As well as entertainment. We believe in improving our society. Edojobs will use this platform to empower 1,000 people on the making of pastries and cookies, gele and kuku.

“Sport touches all frames of people. Use sport as a platform to fight against social vices, promote education. Some of the sports activities are chess, rugby, taekwondo, traditional wrestling, athletes.

“For entertainment, we have the beauty contest and it’s not a bikini contest. It’s focused on the inside to make sure our girls understand the core values ​​of the culture. So it’s in put on a cultural show.

“Edo Heritage Sports Festival and Carnival was born in 2017, where we had contemporary sports events, traditional sports, entertainment and grassroots cultural activities.

“This is the 5th edition, without the Covid-19 it would have been the 6th edition. This is a joint partnership with Edojobs for skills acquisition. We have a good platform for all the teeming artists.

“This edition is purely for young people. There are events for teenagers. The sport is mainly for young people, but the acquisition of skills is open to everyone,” she said.

Darcy J. Skinner