…Wasiu Pasuma, 9ice, Sani Danja, others performing
Cultural enthusiasts in Lagos are bound to be treated to the best of the country’s foods, fashion, music and dance, as the maiden edition of the All Nigerian Cultural Festival beacons.
The cultural festival, being organized by popular reggae artiste, Kupa Victory in collaboration with the Lagos State government will hold from December 14 through 16, at the main-bowl of Tafawa Bellewa Square, TBS, Lagos.
Kupa, who ruled the airwaves in the late 90s/early 2000s with his albums such as ‘ No Contest’ (1998) and ‘Ashes to Classes’ (2003), said the three-day event will draw participants from 15 states of the federation. There are plans to move the festival round the country in future.
Addressing the press during the week, Kupa said the essence of the festival is to promote the nation’s rich culture and heritage. “The participating states will showcase the diversity of Nigerian food recipes,”he added.
Speaking further, he said the organizers decided to choose Lagos as the host state because of its centrality and love for the promotion of the arts, culture and tourism in the country.
Before now, Kupa said promoters have been organizing these cultural festivals in tits bits. “You hear of music meets runway; music meets our foods. It’s been in tit bits. But we are organizing the festival on a large scale. We will be showcasing different types of Nigerian foods, fashion, cultural dance, art and crafts. We will also have live music and local beverages. That’s what makes all Nigerian festival different from other cultural festivals in the country,” Kupa explained.
“We are also bringing CNN, BBC and Reuters to also promote Nigeria the way we are to the world while working in partnership with our own local media.”
Musical artistes who are billed to thrill fans at the festival, according Kupa include, Wasiu Pasuma, 9ice, Sani Danja,Niola, DJ Lanre and himself who will be performing throughout the three-day event.
Also, speaking at the event, the Special Adviser to Governor Ambode and Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture; Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola said supporting the organizers of the festival is neither a mistake nor co-coincident, because it’s in line with the promise made by the Lagos State government to always support individuals and organizations are who are interested in promoting arts and culture and tourism related activities in Lagos state.