The 35th National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) for 2022 will be hosted by Lagos State.
Olusegun Runsewe, the director-general of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), made the announcement late Saturday night during the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) 2021 closing ceremony.
“The 2022 edition of NAFEST will hold in Lagos State. Lagos is waiting for the world and we are going to Lagos with an advanced NAFEST. We will do something bigger than what we have had in the past.”
NAFEST, according to Mr. Runsewe, is still a powerful tool for uniting the country. He stated that such cultural festivals will put an end to separatist agitations.
“We will get Nigeria united by all means. We must remove the spirit of dishonesty, hatred, and fake news; all must go now.
“You can see 31 states in Ekiti. This is to tell us that nothing can divide this country; the country will remain.
“I thank Ekiti people and the government for receiving the 31 states and giving us the impression we need. It is a big statement and I remain grateful.
“There is no reason to disagree among ourselves considering the beauty of this nation, rather, we should stand together in love, peace, and harmony,” Mr. Runsewe said in his statement.
Over 450 Ekiti natives have been empowered with skills such as wig and bead making, tailoring, cosmetology, shoemaking, and waste to wealth conversion, according to Mr. Runsewe.
He went on to say that the festival has increased Ado-Ekiti citizens’ income, particularly those in the hotel, transportation, and other sectors, and he believes Nigeria will become stronger and better as a result of such celebrations.