1 The News Agency of Nigeria says it will partner with the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) through advocacy, ahead of the 45th Anniversary of the international festival, FESTAC ’77.
The Managing Director of NAN, Mr Buki Ponle, stated this when the Director-General of CBAAC, Mrs Oluwabunmi Amao, paid him a courtesy visit in his office in Abuja.
2 Ponle said the Agency would support the commemoration of the Festival of Black, Arts and Culture of 1977 at 45 (FESTAC ’77 @ 45) in ensuring awareness creation to the world and black race.
3 NAN reports that FESTAC ’77 @ 45, organised by CBAAC, will hold in Abuja from Dec. 5 to 11, to showcase to the world African music, fine arts, literature, drama, dance and religion.
4 Ponle said, “I will give assurance that we shall fully involve in the FESTAC 77 @ 45. Whatever we can do in the areas of advocacy and sensitisation, we can do it for you.
5 “It is not only for you but for our country and the black race in general.
6 “Once again, thank you very much for making us part of the memorable history.
7 We cherish that our honour will hold in high esteem to the grand success of that occasion.
He recalled that CBAAC had been made the custodian of artifacts for FESTAC in 1977, adding that these artefacts were showcased on that memorable occasion.
9 Ponle described culture as the hallmark of any development in any country, saying that “culture promotes our common identity; It binds us together and tells a lot of history about us”.
10 According to him, CBAAC should promote this cultural indicator and continue to preserve the nation’s heritage.
11 Earlier, Amao, said that the visit was to seek NAN’ support on its upcoming FESTAC ’77 @ 45 anniversary slated to hold in Abuja.
12 “Why we are here today?
13 We need your support; We know you are our sister agency; We need the support of NAN seriously for exhibition because we are to create space to showcase yourself.
14 “We need you to help us with jingles and anything you think of coming in to collaborate with us.
15 So, that is why we are here,’’ Amao said.
16 She said that the purpose of the international festival was to promote culture and revive FESTAC ’77 to contribute to the growth of the nation’s economy.
17 “This festival is not something that should be laid there and we should just be watching it.
18 We need to encourage cultural activities.
19 “So, we are starting with the 45th Anniversary until we get to 50 years to do a really big one like that of 1977.
“But due to COVID-19, we cannot do as big as the one we did in 1977. What we have done is that we have written letters to all the embassies because they have a community in Nigeria.
20 “Fortunately, we have been getting good response; they have been telling us what they are going to do and where they are going to participate because we have exhibition and food fair.
21 “We are going to do parade, fashion show and masquerade.
So, we decided to use the Eagle Square and the International Conference Centre, both in Abuja,’’ the CBAAC boss said.
NAN reports that FESTAC ’77, also known as the Second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture, was a major international festival held in Lagos, from Jan. 15 to Feb. 12, 1977.