DIRECTOR-GENERAL, Ekiti State Council of Arts and Culture, Mr Wale Ojo-Lanre, has disclosed that the Ekiti State Cultural Troupe would participate in the 2019 edition of the African Drum Festival, holding in Abeokuta.
The third edition of African Drum festival, a cultural event initiated by Ogun State government is scheduled to hold between May 25 and 27 in Abeokuta, is a global pot of cultural convergence of creative arts stakeholders with limitless opportunities.
Speaking with journalists at the Cultural Centre, Ado Ekiti, Ojo-Lanre said that Governor Fayemi has mobilised the Council to ensure quality participation at the global cultural event.
He revealed that the level of preparedness of the state cultural troupe is encouraging, pointing out that the troupe is ready to not only to participate but to coast home with honour and trophy.
He said, “The troupe is oiling its rehearsals and toiling night and day to stage the best performance during the festival and I am sure its effort will translate into victory at the festival and another cultural event in the country”.
Ojo-Lanre also said ” Part of my plans as the DG is to enhance the performance of this wonderful troupe, promote its activities and ensure its prominence in events within and outside shores of Nigeria.”
“The vision of our Governor Kayode Fayemi is to rejuvenate, showcase and promote the cultural values of Ekiti to the whole world and he has promised to give us necessary moral and financial empowerment to pursue and achieve this.”
The DG also disclosed the Council’s readiness to construct an art village and gallery as well as create enabling an environment for the development of talents and creativity to thrive in the state.
Ojo-Lanre, however, called on indigenes to support Ekiti state Council of Arts and Culture in promoting the rich and unique cultural values and heritage of Ekiti people and Nigeria at large.