by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The 33rd edition of National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), which commenced last week Monday, lasted for six days, ending over the weekend, with Bayalsa State as the overall winner of this year’s event, while Ekiti and River states came second and Plateau emerged 3rd position. 23 states were in attendance.
Also, Kano state came 1st for Children Art and Crafts, Bayelsa 2nd and Rivers and FCT came in the 3rd position. Also, the entrepreneur went to Kaduna and Kano states, among other positions.
In his speech, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau state said it was an honour for the people of Plateau state to host this great cultural fiesta, which is almost 20 years since it was last hosted.
While congratulating the winners, the governor urged those who didn’t win, to bear that, there is nothing to worry about loses, because the performances were very well, adding that, without them the event would have not have been complete.
According to him, “After all, NAFEST is not about winners or losers, but about fellowship and display of the best of Nigerian Arts and Culture.
“Hosting this event within the COVID-19 era has shown their resilience as a people to rise above our challenges and also show how we can use our arts and culture to rebound.”
“A lot has been done on entrepreneurship and empowerment leveraging on our vast cultural and artistic endowments, but our particular interest has been the involvement of children and youths in all the activities of NAFEST 2020.
“This is meant to revive our diminishing cultures and also enable our youths appreciate what we have,” Lalong noted, and urged all the participants to “go back with the greater zeal to reinforce and propagate the message as we promote peaceful coexistence and understanding among the people.”