African Drums festival: Ogun state set to hold 4th edition.

The State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun says this year’s African Drums Festival will be an improvement on previous editions, with many attractions that will make its memories linger for a long time, while serving as a legacy for the future.
Governor Amosun stated this at a World Press Conference, held at the Banquet Hall, MITROS Residence, Ibara, Abeokuta, to herald the fourth edition of the Festival, with the theme, “Drumming the FUTURE”.
He said some of the innovations that would be incorporated in the festival include; launch of Ogun Adire Logo, with its trade mark, unveiling of the Kuti’s heritage house, round table workshop at Olumo Rock, Train ride, tagged, “Rail, Reading and Ride”, from Iju-Ishaga in Lagos to Lafenwa in Abeokuta and a performance by Seun Kuti, in honour of late Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
African Drums festival
Ogun State Governor  Ibikunle Amosun has  said that  23 African countries, 18 states  and 71 independent troupes  have confirmed their attendance at this year’s  African Drums Festival.

The governor stated this on Tuesday at a  press conference to herald the festival scheduled to hold  at MITROS Residences in  Abeokuta from April 25 to 27

According to Amosun,   the festival is aimed at boosting the economy of the state and reviving  its cultural heritage.

He said,  “The festival has become a rallying point for Africans from within and in the Diaspora, as well as participants from across the world to explore and propagate our cultural heritage in drums.”

Speaking on the sustainability and permanent venue for the festival, the Governor disclosed that his administration had put in place legislations that would ensure continuity of the festival as well as the Amphitheatre that would serve as the festival village, with over 10,000 capacity, located at the Central Business District in the Abeokuta City Centre.
“We will have this edition at the Amphitheatre located at the Central Business District, in Abeokuta City Centre and that would be the festival village.
The African Drums Festival has come to stay and we have done the needful to ensure that it is sustained”.
Amosun added that the festival would help boost the State’s economy, revive cultural values and advance African heritage, with intellectual inputs from Professor Wole Soyinka, who is the Cultural consultant for the Festival.

Meanwhile, Amosun has said  he will continue  to develop the  state until the end of his tenure.

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sanya michael is a graduate of University of Ibadan where he studied Theatre Arts with a major in Theatre Administration. he is an Arts management and politics enthusiast and when he is not doing any of these he is always on the internet reading biographies of prominent people.

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