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World mayors hail Badagry festival

BADAGRY— Dr. James Walls, President, World Congress of Mayors, has commended the organisation of the 2012 edition of Badagry Festival, which came to an end on Saturday.

Walls, at Badagry Grammar School, venue of the grand finale, said that “the organisation of the event was good.

“The festival was good, innovative and showed the heritage of the people and their awareness about it,” he said.

Walls hailed the Africa Renaissance Foundation for putting up the package.

He, however, said the event should be well promoted with a view to making the blacks in Diaspora to come back home to invest in it.

Mr Sewanu Fadipe, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism and Inter-Governmental Relations, said that “the festival is very rich in content and our people are becoming more aware of it and the value attached.

“What we witnessed today is the real culture of the people of Badagry. For example, the Sangbeto Masquerade we see here is the modernised version of the old one.”

Gov.Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, represented by Mr Cornelius Ojelabi, the Commissioner for Rural Development, praised the organisers of the event.

NAN reports that the festival showcased the heritage and socio-economic potential of Egu people.

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