National  Festival  of Arts And Culture  Holds In Akwa Ibom

The Annual  National  Festival of Arts and Culture,  NAFEST,  has been scheduled to hold in Uyo the Akwa Ibom State capital between  October  2nd and 9th 2016 with the theme,  ” Exploring  the Goldmine  Inherent  In the Nigerian creative  Industry. ”

At a press conference held in the Abuja ahead  of the kick-off of the festival,  Minister  Of Information  and culture,  Lai  Mohammed,  said” NAFEST  , which was introduced in 1970 as a vehicle  to foster unity among the various  sections of country after the 30-month  Civil  War,  would now be  explored to contribute meaningfully  to the nation’s economy .

The Minister said the new direction of the festival is reflected  in the theme of this  year’s festival which is geared towards  using our various  cultural products  and expressions to develop  a creative economy  and expressions to develop  a creative  economy  and at the same time  promote  the patronage  of Made -In-Nigeria products 

“Indeed  festival  around the  world  are moving  just brings forum  to showcase  arts and culture  to becoming  a tool  for economic growth, ” Mohammed  said

Creative Industries are becoming  creative economic, more and more people  are moving  from  manufacturing  concerns to creative concerns,  and no country  wants to be left behind. 

“This is  why this administration  has included  the creative industries,  as well as tourism among the core areas for the diversification of the economy away from oil”

The Minister  acknowledged  that NAFEST  has played a tremendous  role in cementing the bond of unity among Nigerians. 

He said, “Today, some 46 years after the Civil war  festival  is  more relevant  than  ever. 

” The is an urgent  need to bring us closer  together  as a people,  amid widening  divisions along ethnic  religious and social  lines. 

The fact  that contingents from different  parts of the country come together  annually  irrespective  of their  ethnicity  or religion  to showcase  their  art and culture  and leverage  on their  comparative advantage  is very healthy  for our country  , he noted

Mohammed commended  the organizers  of the festival  for outling  various  activities  into the event for further  enhance  its quality  and uniqueness. 

Director  General  of the National Council  for Arts and Culture  , BACK,   Dayo  Legit,  noted  that NAFEST  has peculiar  characteristic  of focusing  on indigenous  cultures and heritages with a view  to creating a multiplier effect on income generated at the grass roots.  

She added that there  be a colloquium  during this year ‘s event to brainstorm  on how to make the festival  a contributor  to the Nation GDP. 


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