Edo assures rich display of innovative cultural products at 2019 NAFEST

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Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, says his administration will exploit the hosting of the 2019 National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) to showcase the state’s rich, innovative cultural products to the world.
The governor gave the assurance in commemoration of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, marked every May 21, by the United Nations and its various organs.
The 2019 National Festival for Art and Culture will be hosted by Edo State from October 19 to 26, 2019.
According to Obaseki, “As we mark the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, we assure of plans to showcase the glamorous heritage of Edo people and promote our world-renowned cultural products during the 2019 NAFEST.
There is no denying that Edo State occupies a pride of place in the cultural map of the world as a result of our peculiar heritage in arts, culture and remarkable footprint in human civilisation.
“All of these and the modern incarnations will be on display at the 2019 NAFEST, which will serve as an opportunity for us to show how through innovative approaches, we have continued to preserve our rich cultural heritage bequeathed to us by our forefathers.” 
The governor reiterated the state government’s commitment to building institutions as well as leveraging multilateral partnerships to preserve and promote its cultural assets, noting, “Our cultural artefacts and expressions hold unique features which speak to and amplifies our identity as a people. We have set modalities for the building of institutions to showcase, promote, conserve and preserve our cultural assets for future generations.”
According to the United Nations, “In 2001, UNESCO adopted the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity and in December 2002, the UN General Assembly, in its resolution 57/249, declared May 21 to Read More...

Obaseki, newly elected governors meet at NGF parley, seek stronger partnership

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Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki has sought for areas of partnership with some of the newly elected state governors during the induction of new and returning governors into the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), holding in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.


Governor Obaseki said Edo State had pioneered a number of reforms that would be beneficial to other state governors, noting that the state would be willing to compare notes and share its success stories with others. Rwandan President Paul Kagame is expected at the event.


Governor Obaseki in the company of his wife, Betsy, joined his colleagues at a dinner on Sunday ahead of an elaborate induction programme organised by the secretariat of the NGF for newly elected and returning governors holding from Monday to Tuesday.


Mrs Obaseki is expected to take part in a separate programme for wives of the new governors focused on etiquette and protocol, which will hold on Wednesday.


Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is expected to represent President Muhammadu Buhari, who is on a private visit to the UK, during the event. Others expected at the event include former state governors from the United States of America (USA), who are expected to speak on Monday and Tuesday.


Vice President Osinbajo will be speaking on the topic “The Journey So Far” on Tuesday.  Others expected at the event include Chairman of First Bank, Ibukun Awosika, and Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Mathew Kukah, who will speak on Monday on the topic, “The Task of Nation Building.”

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