By Osa Amadi
Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun Tuesday unveiled the National Peace Park located inside the Abuja Arts & Craft Village as part of the events marking the opening ceremony of the 2017 African Arts & Craft Expo. The governor was represented by the commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Muyiwa Oladipo.
Speaking as prelude to the unveiling ceremony, the Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe said: “From today, the spirits of our forefathers have a special peace in this park.”
Waving at about four statues built in front of the park, one of which is the Olajumoke’s statue, the DG continued: “I am sure you’ve seen the lady who is selling bread. I am sure you know the story of a bread seller. I didn’t mention any name.
“Also we all know of a South-South brother. When a South-South brother is happy, he raises one of his legs and holds his clothe like that. You can also see the Fulani woman selling her ‘fura de nunu’. You can see a man over there playing ‘kakaki’. The other one there is a Gwari woman.
“Down there, is another statue which I really want people to see. That’s a woman carrying her baby. Do you know what that means? It means the love of our mother for her children. She shields her children from the sun and rain.
“What we are trying to do here is this,” Runsewe continued, “if you travel to anywhere in the world, you will see this type of thing. In South Africa, it is called Mandela Peace Park.”