ODSG to improve economy through art and culture
By Adekola Afolabi
It was an evening of cultural exploration across the continent of Africa laced with breathtaking entertainment as the African Drum Festival 2019 climaxed at the Amphitheater, Oke-Ilewo, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
The refreshing crescendo of the three-day annual event by the Ogun State Government had in attendance the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN; Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka with his wife; former President of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo represented by his wife; members of the Diplomatic Community from some African and Cariabean countries, Royal Fathers, celebrated Nollywood actors, filmmakers and promoters.
The host governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun had earlier conducted the Ondo State Governor round the magnificent Amphitheater which construction works would hopefully be completed before his tenure ends next month.
Audience at the event were treated to special performances by troupes from Chad, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Mali, Benin Republic, Togo, Ghana, Congo, Uganda, Sengal, South Africa, Morocco and Haiti.
Members of the Ondo State Cultural Troupe who gave good account of themselves were futher motivated by the presence of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu and the State Commissioner for Cluture and Tourism, Alhaji Ismalia Olurimisi.
Speaking to Government House Reporters, Alhaji Ismaila Olurimisi said the Ondo State Government would continue to harness its rich cultural heritage to improve the economy of the state.
The Commissioner said the annual Ondo State Art Festival would this year have an International Dance Festival added to the programme to enrich it in glamour and contents for global attractions.
Earlier the Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun had told newsmen that he would use his position as a senator in the ninth assembly to ensure that the festival got calendarised by the Federal Government for its sustainability.
Also the Nobel Laureate and the festival’s consultant, Prof. Wole Soyinka noted that there is a nexus between drumming and rhythms which activates productivity through deep human thinking immersed in African Cultural Heritage.
The 2019 edition of the African Drum Festival was used by the Ogun State Government to showcase the state’s number one fabric design to the world: “Adire Ogun” and to unveil the musical legacies and house of the Afro King legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti.