4,000 participants in the assault on Ekiti for the national cultural festival


Ekiti State Commissioner for Arts, Culture and Tourism Professor Razaq Ojo Bakare revealed that a total of 4,000 contingents are expected to visit the state as it holds the National Festival of Arts and of Culture (NAFEST) 2021.

Bakare, who said the contingents will come from the 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, said the cultural holiday will expose the state’s vast tourism opportunities and cultural values, as well as its income.

The theater arts professor who spoke in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital at a press briefing announcing the hosting of NAFEST 2021, scheduled for November 13-20, described the annual cultural jamboree as a flagship festival in Nigeria for the unification of the country’s diversity, which he said was conceptualized after the civil war for strong and lasting national integration.

Bakare said: “NAFEST has had a tremendous impact on trade and commerce, it sparked innovation and creativity and encouraged entrepreneurship. Besides the fact that the festival promoted autonomy by creating jobs.

“Between 2010 and 2014, tourism development was at the center of the administration headed by Governor Kayode Fayemi. It was during this period that the idea of ​​a flagship festival that will boost tourist traffic; The Ekiti arts and culture festival was mentioned. With Governor Fayemi’s return in 2018, further developments have taken place.

“Ekiti State is blessed with many things that should normally drive tourist traffic to Ekiti. However, there remains a need to give global attention to these unique endowments before they can begin to attract global sponsorship and give potential investors the opportunity to come see, feel and explore them all. “

Bakare argued that the vision for the hosting right granted to the state is for Ekiti to set a new model for other states to follow in hosting future events, saying the state is determined to win all the laurels of the competitions. , to promote his talents. .

Speaking about the state’s readiness for the cultural festival, the Commissioner added: “Facilities are being put in place, security is stepped up more than ever despite Ekiti being one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria. .

“We meet with associations of traders to sell their products at reasonable prices during the time. We are also meeting with the leaders of the transport unions so as not to increase their prices during this period. “

The commissioner added that the direct impact of the festival cannot be underestimated, stating: “Around 1,000 artists are practicing at various locations in Ekiti, hoping to participate in the festival and all those involved would be paid for. motivate them. “

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