Written by Ere-ebi AGEDAH

NCAC unveils Edo NAFEST 2019

The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has unveiled plans for the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture, NAFEST, saying that it will represent a day of royal splendor.

Runsewe who added that Edo NAFEST 2019 with the Theme, Our Royalty, Our Pride, will be hosted by the Edo state government in collaboration with the Oba’s palace as a means to promote the rich cultural heritage of the Edo state which dates back to several centuries.

Addressing a world press conference in Abuja, Runsewe noted that one of the distinctive features of NAFEST 2019 is that it would be a 'day of royal splendour' while promising his administration's determination to build on the gains of the last two editions, he stressed that Edo 2019 will be unique in all respect.

‘‘The 2019 edition of the cultural festival which is scheduled to hold in Benin city, Edo state from 19th to 26th October, 2019 with the theme "Our Royalty, Our Pride' promises to demonstrate a critical relevance of culture in forging national unity, peace, mutual understanding and for building bridges of love and friendship across the different ethno-religious divides in Nigeria’’ he explained.

Speaking further, he confirmed the Edo State Governor's commitment towards making the festival a most historic moment for NAFEST.

"Edo state has a very rich and diverse cultural heritage dating back to several centuries. As one of the most celebrated destinations for arts and culture, Edo state is reputed to be the cultural hub of Nigeria and Africa at large.

"One of the distinctive features of NAFEST 2019 would be a day of royal splendour. This event will be in collaboration with the revered Oba's palace in furtherance of the centrality of Benin Monarchy to the socio-cultural activities of the state.

"It is in the light of this that we have incorporated Royalty Day as one of the components of this year's edition of the festival."

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