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LightYear Entertainment unveils Indo African Peace Festival to honour iconic Gandhi



LightYear Entertainment unveils Indo African Peace Festival to honour iconic Gandhi

As the United Nations and the Government of India celebrate the 150th Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, an arts oriented outfit, LightYear Entertainment, in partnership with the High Commission of India in Nigeria, is staging an Indo African Peace Festival in Lagos and Abuja. The peace festival, according to organsiers, is geared towards extolling the virtues and ideals of Mahatma Gandhi, the global icon of peace and non-violent demonstration.

Speaking at a media parley in Lagos recently, Mr Ovosa Precious Oroye, chairman of Indo African Peace Festival Committee, described the Indo-African Peace Festival as an artistic but timely initiative for peace and non-violence.

Planned as a six-month festival, the event will feature screening of Gandhi: The Musical billed for August 9, Game of Peace concert, Indo African Fashion Week, Peace Exhibition, Peace March and Peace Symposium at multiple venues across Lagos.

“The festival is a major call for value reorientation in all strata of society and also to raise awareness in peace building activities and non-violence in tackling violent extremism, mental health issues, youth restiveness, drug abuse , police brutality, religious feuds , tribalism. The Ghandi musical and fashion week will engage with talented youths and the 50,000 plus Indians in Nigeria that will promote Indo-African fashion values, sculpture and paintings,” Oroye said.

An artistic performance by the LightYear Entertainment Troupe which had five artistes geared in attires depicting Fela Kuti, Moremi, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi with the ideals of each icon depicted by an inscription was rolled out from a tissue paper as they danced to the rhythm of music, was served at the briefing.

Mr Sanjay Srivastava, president of Afro Asian Initiative For Community Development, stated that the initiative was laudable and had the strong backing of High Commission of India.
“The world has been celebrating Mahatma Gandhi as we look at his lifestyle and selflessness. Gandhi influences every sector including fashion of the Indians as his indigenous clothing proverbially weaved people into action, equal rights and non violence as a powerful means of conflict resolution. This peace festival will further preach his message as we aim to quell violence and promote peace in the society,” Sanjay stated.
Organsiers said the #IAPF seeks both technical and financial support from well-meaning Nigerians who believe in Gandhi’s ideals as Mr Azeez Oluwakayode, a board member and media director stated that the festival is being led by youths who are young professionals in their respective fields and have a serious concern for societal issues.

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