At the just concluded African Drum Festival, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka spoke in depth about the cultural heritage in Nigeria and across Africa and how our approach to culture, especially the different particular elements like drumming should be different.
The festival which was proudly sponsored by MTN, saw the highly revered intellectual headline the conference and Symposium where he said, “there is nowhere that you don’t have drums in Africa. If we are to revive our ideals and ideas as a continent, we must start with a culture, like drumming, that cuts across”.
The third edition of the Africa Drum festival, which was tagged, ‘Drumming for Advancement’, saw drum troupes from about 33 states in Nigeria as well as troupes from over 20 other African countries and the Caribbean perform at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
In attendance at the three day event, supported by MTN, were the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and royal fathers; Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo; the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Obong of Calabar, Etubom Ekpo; Akarigbo of Remo land, Oba Babatunde Ajayi and many others.
The cultural event also had in attendance, Nollywood stars like Tunde Kelani, Kareem Adepoju (Baba Wande), Kunle Afolayan, Olu Jacobs, Richard Agbor, Wole Sodimu, Wale Dada, Omotunde Adebowale David as well as the Marketing & Strategy: Sponsorship & Promotions Manager MTN Nigeria, Njide Ken-Odogwu, Events and Sponsorship Manager, MTN Nigeria, Okundola Bamgboye and the Senior Manager, Go-to-Market brands, MTN Nigeria, Chinyelu Onochie.
The festival was sponsored by Nigeria’s leading provider of communications services and widest reaching network, MTN, known for supporting a wide range of segments in the creative industry.