As the 2019 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) continues in Edo State, the Director-General , National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has urged Nigerians to live in peace and unity, saying, ‘’God has blessed us with a beautiful country with diverse cultures’’.
Speaking shortly after a drama competition tagged, “ Indigenous Fabrics in Royal Apparel”, held at the Oba Akenzua II Cultural Centre, Benin City, Runsewe said ‘’there are countries in the world who don’t have more than three cultures, but for us in Nigeria, our cultures are uncountable, therefore, there is no reason for us to disagree, rather, we should live in harmony’’.
The Ogun State Cultural Troupe in its presentation, dramatised the royal family of the Akarigbo of Remoland, educating the audience about the royal apparel of the monarch, who was cladded in beaded regalia, complemented with his crown, walking stick, staff of office and a beaded slippers.
Describing the king and the queen, the drama narrator, said the image of an elephant on the King’s apparel as the strength of the land and the pigeon on the crown, as a symbol of peace, while the Queen’s outfit Aso-Etu, was described as the most prominent in Yoruba tradition.
Speaking with the press shortly after the presentation, the Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Alhaja Selimot Ottun, said the event was an avenue to unite with other states of the federation and have an idea of their cultures.
She noted that Ogun was a prominent and award winning State at NAFEST and the contingents had proofed to be good ambassadors, noting that all the cultural heritage in the three Senatorial Districts of the State would be showcased at the festival.
Also speaking the Director of Culture in the Ministry, Mr. Oluwaseye Adeyemo, said the importance of NAFEST cannot be overemphasised, as it was a means of projecting the culture and tradition of Nigeria, saying, the State’s presentation, so far, was awesome and has become template for other states to adopt in promoting their culture.
The troupe after the presentation performed another drama titled, ‘this Land must Sacrifice’, which aroused a loud ovation from the audience, while the children also took part in a Cultural Quiz Competition and came fifth out of 12 States that participated.
Press Officer, Ministry of Culture and Tourism