AS LOCAL GOVERNMENT BOSS CALLS FOR SUPPORT
The Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) has rolled out the drums to rekindle the spirit of the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, FESTAC ’77, 40 years after it was hosted in Lagos, Nigeria, during the military regime of Gen. Olusegun Obasanjo.
The organizer of the event noted that The 40th anniversary of FESTAC ’77 generally aims to serve as a platform for historical and cultural renaissance reminiscent of the decades-old grand event. Specifically, it hopes to provide avenues for the revival, re-capture and update of the cultural artistry and ingenuity of Black and African peoples for the benefit of present and future generations and offer a platform to intensify campaigns for continued cultural exchange, understanding and unity among blacks and African countries and communities.
Meanwhile, the former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was conferred with the King of Ruby award by the organizer. The former President after the conferment at the UNILAG sports complex, Lagos State noted that “We celebrated FESTAC to show the world what black and African peoples have culture and know where we want to go. I think we must remind ourselves about having those things. It is not a fetish celebration or a fetish festival. FESTAC ’77 is what it was for – culture.”
The Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin LGA, Engr. Valentine Buraimoh while speaking with journalists posited that the event would further extend the frontiers of the quest for the global appreciation of black and African’ contributions to world civilisation and equally facilitate inter-regional cooperation, by boosting trade and networking among African states and the Diaspora Africans.
He further stated that he is elated to be part and parcel of the project. ” In my time as the Executive Chairman, Festac will be 40 years of its existence. I am using this medium to appeal to everyone to support this project by contributing their own quota.”