Lagos State governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, his Kebbi and Ebonyi counterparts, Governor Atiku Bagudu and Governor David Umahi respectively, are among African leaders nominated for the African Festival for Arts and Culture (AFRIKFEST) awards.
AFRIKFEST is partnering with the city of Las Vegas in the United States to honour the African leaders who have contributed to human development and capacity building in their government.
cally, the governors were nominated for their immense contribution in the agriculture sector and infrastructural development in the country.
Addressing a press conference in Abuja yesterday, the African coordinator of AFRIKFEST, Darlington Okpebholo said 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.
He said, “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.
“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 noted that the event will create a positive image for Nigeria, as well as an avenue for local exhibitors to showcase their locally made natural products.
Okpebholo continued: “With the negative stories about Nigeria, the event depicts one that changes the narrative about Nigeria and its citizens out there.
‘’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”.
Responding to questions, ace playwright, Jimi Solanke told journalists that the festival is a worthy venture meant 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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