By Dapo Akinrefon
OLOKUN Festival Foundation has called on the Federal government to assist in promoting Nigeriaâ€™s socio-cultural programmes which it said would aid in rebranding the nationâ€™s image.
Making the call at a press briefing to mark this yearâ€™s Olokun Festival, Chief Promoter, Otunba Gani Adams said â€œ as the Federal Minister of Information and National Orientation, Prof Dora Akunyili embarks on a programme of rebranding the battered image of the nation, especially in the media media, we urge her to consider looking inwards for solutions to the issue.â€
In addition, Adams urged the Federal government to use its agencies and representatives to â€œgive unlimited backing to this and other similar wholesome cultural programmes and events.â€
On events lined up to mark this yearâ€™s Olokun Festival, the Chief Promoter disclosed that organisers of the â€œOlokun Festival, have set a high standard for ourselves in order to give the Yoruba people and in deed the world in general the best of indigenous Yoruba traditional music, arts, paraphernalia and cultural displays.â€
While also hinting on the various innovations introduced into this yearâ€™s festival, Otunba Adams said â€œwe are this yearâ€™s event introducing a quiz competition that will be culturally biased in its questioning and assessment.
Just as we pioneered the introduction of beauty pageantry into the hosting of cultural festivals with the Miss Olokun beauty pageant to showcase our local beauties to the world, we are aiming to use this competition to show that the black man is not just physically endowed, he has to bargain, enough mental acumen to compete with any race of men from any part of the world.â€
The Olokun festival, which is an annual event, is billed to hold from Saturday 17 to Wednesday 21st of October at Badagry local government area of Lagos State.