*unveils festival logo
By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
All is now set for the 2017 African Drums Festival, organised by the Ogun State Government billed to hold between Thursday, April 20 and Saturday, April 22, the 2017 African Drums Festival, is an expanded version of the 2016 maiden edition tagged, the Nigerian Drums Festival.
This was made known in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant (Media) Ogun State Governor, Adejuwon Soyinka.
Speaking at a World Press Conference to unveil the official logo for the 2017 African Drums Festival, on Tuesday, Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, who was represented by his Deputy, Chief (Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga, said over 20 African countries have so far indicated interest in participating at the African Drums Festival.
This is in addition to the over 12 states of the Federation that have so far confirmed attendance while others have also indicated interest.
The governor added that the festival, with the theme, “Reviving Our Culture in Drums,” would reveal the richness and depth of Ogun, Nigeria and by extension, African culture to the world.
Governor Amosun, while emphasizing the preservation of African cultural heritage, said “the 2017 African Drums Festival would afford us the opportunity to learn from our cultural values and diversity and promote African unity.”
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the 2017 African Drums Festival Local Organising Committee and the Secretary to the State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, said the event would boost the economy of Ogun State and showcase talents of the people as well as its rich cultural heritage.
Barr. Adeoluwa added that the state government was committed to sustaining the festival and using it to place Ogun State on the world map for good reasons.
In his welcome address, Ogun State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr. Muyiwa Oladipupo said the festival would foster development, growth and unity, not only in Nigeria, but also in Africa as a whole.
Recall that at the maiden edition in 2016, the Ogun State government unveiled the world’s tallest drum.