By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Edo State capital will be agog with festivities come October 19th to 26th as countries like Senegal, Mali, France, Ghana and many more will be on song during the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST).
This was made known during the opening of the 49th National Stakeholders meeting on NAFEST which held in Benin recently.
Speaking during the opening ceremony, the Executive Governor of Edo state, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, who was represented by the Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs, Osazee Osemwegie-Ero,said the state has secured the commitment of several countries towards NAFEST in a bid to project the ancient cultural endowment.
Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture(NCAC),Otunba Runsewe,
observed in his address that NAFEST will not only serve as a unity forum, it will also provide a major economic boost for Edo.
Runsewe added that the platform will offer the opportunity to promote globally the rich, undiluted culture of Edo which is at least one thousand years old.
He solicited for continuous unity among Nigerians which NAFEST seeks to promote stating that unity is a precursor to economic prosperity citing the Dubai example which according to him can be replicated if we harness the rich culture of Edo as an economic product..