Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti says the state will host the 2021 National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) to showcase its cultural heritage to the world.
The governor also said the state expected to attract investors to tap into its abundant economic potentials through the hosting.
Fayemi stated this on Tuesday, while addressing delegates at the 52nd National Technical Stakeholders’ meeting of Chief Executives of Culture in Nigeria, at Adetiloye hall in Ado-Ekiti.
Fayemi, represented by his deputy, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi said his administration also accepted to host the national cultural fiesta to further encourage creativity in the tourism sector.
He said the festival was to create a viable platform and market for young people in creative enterprises.
According to him, NAFEST 2021 with its theme, “Celebrating National Unity in Diversity” will hold in Ado-Ekiti between Nov. 13 and 20.
Fayemi described Ekiti as the most suitable place to host a national programme of such magnitude, noting that the state was awarded the hosting because of its reputation as one of the most peaceful states in Nigeria, which had one of the most hospitable people in the world.
He noted that his administration had always given priority to culture and tourism and expressed delight that NAFEST would provide opportunity for Nigerians to appreciate the role of culture in promoting national unity and integration.
The governor charged stakeholders to use the meeting as a preparatory ground for a most eventful festival, which would create windows of investment opportunities for the economic growth of not only Ekiti but Nigeria as a whole.
“As a nation, we need to appreciate the dynamic nature of our cultures and acknowledge NAFEST as a veritable platform to further celebrate our unity in diversity.