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NAFEST 2022: Kalejaiye Lauds NCAC, Lagos Govt. For Uniting Nigerians Through Arts, Culture

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Vincent John

High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye

Traditional ruler of Otumara community in Lagos state, High Chief Kehinde Kalejaiye, has commended the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, for uniting Nigerians and projecting the country to the outside world through Arts and Culture.

Kalejaiye gave the commendation on Tuesday in Lagos while commenting on the level of preparedness of the NCAC and the quality of technology and manpower deployed by the Lagos State Government for the hosting of the forthcoming National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) Festival billed to hold in Lagos from November 7 to 13.

Otunba Runsewe

While appreciating Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for investing hugely in the promotion of Arts and Culture, he also commended Otunba Runsewe just as he advised the Nigeria’s Cultural Ambassador not to relent in promoting peace and unity in the country through Arts and Culture, especially as the country is walking towards general election.

Speaking further, he said, “NAFEST is another opportunity to galvanise Nigerians and project unity among the diverse ethnic groups in the country. Like sports, Arts and Culture can also be used as a tool for unity but it is disheartening that little has been seen in the area of investment in promoting this.

I must commend NCAC for taking NAFEST to a greater height beyond festivity but as a convergence point for Nigerians of different tribe, languages, social status and educational background.

What more can I say other than to encourage Chief Runsewe not to relent in fostering peace and unity as he has always been doing.
Also I commend Governor Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to promoting tourism, arts and culture.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos state government, has again, shown that the state is indeed a centre of excellence as evident in the beautification of the Eko NAFEST festival city.

With this, Lagos state has set standard for subsequent editions of NAFEST because of the deployment of modern technological facilities and the rebranding and the renovation of the festival village which has been abandoned for over 25 years.”

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