African Festival for Arts and Culture (AFRIKFEST) is partnering with the city of Las Vegas in the United States to honor some African leaders who have contributed to human development and capacity building in their government.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja, the African coordinator of AFRIKFEST, Darlington Okpebholo noted that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos, Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state and Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State were nominated for their immense contribution in the agriculture sector and infrastructural development in the country.
“For the first time we are hearing Made in Nigeria Rice in the markets and even set to be exported. That is a huge achievement. We have rice in Lagos, Kebbi and Ebonyi. These governors are nominated because these efforts have direct effect on the people” he said.
Darlington noted that the event was put together to showcase the creative activities and Africa’s cultural heritage as well as providing opportunities for Africa leaders to discuss business In the state of Nevada.
“Culture and tourism is a very rich industry and for a country like Nigeria which is blessed with abundance of these cultural resources, showcasing them to the world would be a serious way of harnessing revenue” he said.
He noted that the event will create a positive image for Nigeria, and an avenue for local exhibitors to showcase their locally made natural products.
“With the negative stories about Nigeria, the event depicts one that changes the narrative about Nigeria and its citizens out there” he said.
‘’Costumes that would be used for the event are majorly Nigerian made as no English wear will be allowed at venue. 3,500 participants are slated for the event with 500 art workers already in Las Vegas for the preliminary preparations.
While responding to questions, ace playwright, Jimi Solanke told journalists the festival is worthy venture aimed to be totally traditional.
“We have already decided that it has to be a totally down to earth Nigerian cultural presentation in culture, products and services. The exposure that the program will give Nigeria is a lot more than money.
‘’Before now there have been different African countries that held sway holding their own festival but this is the time for Nigeria to host AFRIKFEST,” he said.
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