The Lagos State Government says it has concluded plans to host the most colourful edition of National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in 2022.
Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, gave this assurance when he received a delegation from the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) led by the Director General, Otunba Segun Runsewe, who were in his office to formally present a blueprint of the festival and ascertain the level of preparedness of the state in hosting the festival.
Governor Sanwo- Olu reminded the NCAC team that a delegation from the state had visited the NCAC for a Pre-NAFEST maiden meeting to interact and obtain details for hosting the festival which will bring together contingents from the 36 States of the federation and the FCT to Lagos State.
Based on the report, Governor Sanwo- Olu said the State government had to improve on their facilities to meet all criteria set by the NCAC that will enable the state not only to host the biggest and most colourful festival but also emerge the overall winner of the fiesta.
He revealed that as a prelude to the festival, Lagos State will hold a Pre-NAFEST event for seven days which is aimed at showcasing the rich cultural heritage of all the local government areas in the state which will therefore herald the Eko NAFEST 2022.
In his response, the Director General, NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe congratulated the Lagos State Government for winning the hosting right for NAFEST 2022 which was keenly contested by three other states, adding that the festival which is the foremost cultural event in Nigeria has hitherto been a platform to unite the nation through Arts and Culture.
Runsewe reiterated that the festival which grows richer, bigger and better with each edition would provide a strong platform for Lagos State which is the centre of excellence to bring its well-known finesse to bear in making the EKO NAFEST 2022 the best of its kind in the history of the festival given her track record.
Otunba Runsewe noted that the essence of the visit “is for us to interact and brief you on details of hosting the festival which will bring together contingents from the 36 States of the federation and the FCT to Lagos state for seven days”.
He explained that the festival would have far reaching benefits to lagosians with a positive impact on the economy of the state in the areas of hotel accommodation, transportation, small scale businesses and vendors.
Meanwhile, Runsewe expressed the need for the State Local Organizing Committee (LOC) to to work in partnership with the National Organizing Committee (NOC) for effective coordination.
According to the Director General, the wife of the Governor, Her Excellency, Ibijoke Sonwo- Olu will be crowned the mother of NAFEST ” (Mama Nafest 22) during the National Technical Stakeholders meeting coming up later this month. This will also afford her the platform to host the children during the Eko Nafest 2022.
The highpoint of the meeting was the exchange of cultural gifts between the Lagos State Governor and the Director General of the NCAC.