Nigeria is to explore creative industry as an alternative to diversify the nations economy from oil.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Muhammed made this known in Abeokuta at the closing ceremony of the African Drums Festival hosted by the Ogun state.
The minister said that the festival was important because of its focus on a key aspect of Nigeria’s cultural heritage which had been taken for granted.
Drumming is an aspect of our culture that we must not allow to be overshadowed, he said
While declaring the event closed, the Minister explained that Nigeria can no longer depend on oil as a major source of revenue hence the need to explore culture and tourism through the entertainment industry.
He assured that the Nigerian government would accord the festival all necessary support and urged the Ogun state government to sustain the festival.
Governor Ibikunle Amosun also noted that culture could provide jobs and resources to move Nigeria forward.
The festival was fun filled with lots of entertainment for those that witnessed the performances.
At the end of the drums and dance festival, fifty four troupes from six African countries United State of America, and two Caribbean countries participated.
The troupes also included those from nineteen states of the federation.
The festival is to promote Inter-African leisure travel and the renaissance of the African cultural civilisation.
It is also to engender cultural reawakening in Africa on shared values and fraternal solidarity within the region.
The African drums festival was also attended by eminent personalities such as the Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.
Source: Voice of Nigeria