The Ogun state government, southwest Nigeria has expressed its readiness to host the second edition of the Drums festival expected to hold between April 20- 22, 2017 and is expected to attract tourists from African countries and beyond.
The State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Muyiwa Oladipo disclosed this while announcing the change of the name of the festival from ”Nigerian Drums Festival to ”African Drums Festival”.
The commissioner said the first edition of the festival has placed the state as and emerging cultural hub attracting tourists from Nigeria and Diaspora.
He said that owing to the importance of the festival in showcasing the socio-economic and cultural uniqueness of the nation, the Federal Government had adopted it as African Drums Festival.
“At the opening ceremony last year, the representative of the Minister appealed to the Governor to change the name of the festival to African Drum Festival because he saw the importance of the festival beyond Nigeria. While he was unveiling the tallest drum at the event, he endorsed the new name of the Festival’’ he said
He noted that the initiative was borne out of the quest to revive the dying culture of drums and its traditional values among the people.
“Having noted that our culture was dying and needed to be revived. Drums and Drumming is a culture that cuts across the strata of the continent, there is no where that you don’t have one type of drum or the other, if we are to revive our ideals and ideas as a continent, we must start with a culture that cuts across’’ he submitted.