Ogun Aglow As 2019 African Drum Festival Begins Tomorrow - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Ogun Aglow As 2019 African Drum Festival Begins Tomorrow

Pictures:1 - 3, Ogun state Cultural Troupe

Excitements have continued to suffuse the air of Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, as the state awaits dignitaries from within and outside Nigeria ahead of Thursday (Tomorrow) commencement of the 4th edition of the African Drum Festival.

The festival which was conceptualised four years ago by the Ogun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism has since become a state affair, and is being used to celebrate African Heritage and culture. 

Already, Abeokuta is aglow with the spirit of the Festival. No fewer than 28 state troupes, 27 countries and 71 Independent troupes have signified readiness to participate in the festival. They are expected to participate at the opening tomorrow.

The pluses of this year edition include planned inauguration of Ransom Kuti  Memorial Museum in honour of the late Afrobeat King, Fela Anikulapo Kuti, during which his son; Seun Kuti, will also perform at the occasion.

The Adire Logo, an attire indigenous to Egba people both in production and usage, would also  be unveiled at Itoku Adire Market while art and cultural train ride from Iju train station in Lagos to Laderin in Abeokuta will be organised. This will be led by Prof. Wole Soyinka.

 According to the Ogun State Deputy Governor, Chief(Mrs) Yetunde Onanuga, who is the Chairperson, Local Organising Committee,  African Drum Festival has become a rallying point for Africans within the continent and in the diaspora to showcase and celebrate their rich common heritage.

Dignitaries such as the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Information Minister, Alh. Lai Mohammed and host of others were present during the 2018 edition of the African Drum Festival. And they also expected to grace the 2019 edition.

- Ayobami Ife, Abeokuta

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