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Rivers promises grand celebration of NAFEST 2018



Rivers promises grand celebration of NAFEST 2018

As preparations for this year’s staging of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) 2018, gather momentum, the host state government, Rivers State, has made a commitment to make the event the best in the annals of the yearly celebration.
It is organised by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), with Otunba Segun Runsewe as the director general, who had earlier promised that he would use the event to make a profound statement about the arts and culture of the country, which he said NCAC has come to redefined and marketed to the world and Nigerians.
Speaking during the formal opening ceremony of the National Technical Committee Meeting of the event held in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, the state governor, Nyesome Wike, who was represented by his deputy, Dame Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, made this pledge when he promised to do everything humanly possible to make the event an unforgettable experience in terms of packaging to meet international standards.
Hosting a delegation from the National Council for Arts and Culture, Mrs. Ipalibo stated that an event as important as NAFAST goes beyond celebration. “Culture is a veritable tool upon which the strength of any given community can be sold to the international community and, as such, we are going to make this year’s NAFEST a festival with a positive differences,” said the governor.
According to Wike, one of the best places for night life, natural cuisine and peaceful atmosphere any time of the year is Rivers State, adding that “Rivers State has a very secure and safe atmosphere for all to work and relax without intimidation or harassment of any kind as against the negative impression the state has been subjected to by some fifth columnists.
He thanked the NCAC for choosing the state above all other states that bided for the hosting promising that Rivers state government will not to take the gesture for granted..
Runsewe, who is also the President of the World Craft Centre, African Region, expressed appreciation to the governor and the good people of Rivers State for accepting to host this year’s NAFEST, which is slated to hold between October 21 and 27.
He disclosed that one of the best ways to promote peaceful co-existence and unity in any given society is through their culture. “There cannot be a better time and way to celebrate ourselves in a positive light than this type of event.
Speaking further, Runsewe noted that as the custodian of culture in Nigeria, choosing Rivers State for such an important national event can only be seen as apt and timely.
He said that beside the art and culture exhibition and other entertainment packages, that the weeklong event would feature also skill acquisition and craft training on waste to wealth and free eye test. With 31 states in the country and Abuja signing up for the event this year, he said that it shows a significant acceptance and growth of the festival.
Runsewe said that with the state symbolically referred to as Nigeria’s Treasure Base and home of culture and tourism, this year’s NAFAST is already a success and a done deal even as he urged other state governors to take a cue from the commitment and support of Governor Wike to arts and culture.

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