The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, has said the state is hosting this year’s National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) to showcase Ekiti cultural heritage to the world.
Fayemi said his administration bidded to host the cultural fiesta to further enhance creativity in the tourism sector and to create a more-viable platform and market for young people in the creative enterprises.
Represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, the governor spoke last week while addressing delegates at the 52nd National Technical Stakeholders’ Meeting of the Chief Executives of Culture in Nigeria.
The year’s NAFEST, which has as its theme Celebrating National Unity in Diversity, will hold in Ado -Ekiti between November 13 and 20.
Describing the state as the most suitable place to host a national programme of such magnitude, Fayemi noted that Ekiti was awarded the hosting right because of its reputation as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria which has one of the most hospitable people in the world.
Fayemi, who noted that his government has always given priority to culture and tourism, expressed delight that NAFEST would provide the opportunity for Nigerians to appreciate the role of culture in promoting national unity and integration.
He charged stakeholders to use the meeting as a preparatory ground for the most eventful festival which will create windows of investment opportunities for the economic growth of not only Ekiti State but Nigeria as a whole. Dr. Fayemi said: “As a nation, we need to appreciate the dynamic nature of our cultures and acknowledge NAFEST as veritable platform to further celebrate our unity in diversity.
“I, therefore, urge you to focus more on how we can redirect cultural activities towards revenue generation. We need to effectively tap into the economic potential of our cultural heritage and improve our grassroots development.
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