By Damiete Braide
“AT stage a founding action on which the subsequent actions supposed to serve as a motor towards the realization of the dream of a true collective African sense of cultural reorientation to be achieved, there must be a reintegration into the always dynamic global identity space, which has started from 1966 to 1977 and 2001, ”said Tunde Awosanmi, professor in the Department of Theater Arts at the University of Ibadan.
He spoke at the first edition of the Afrika Peace Festival of Arts and Culture, APFAC, in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture and Access Bank Plc in Lagos last week .
In his talk titled “The Challenges and Opportunities of a Pan-African Art and Culture,” Awosanmi, who is also the chair of the festival planning committee, said, “The proposed policy will therefore become the implementation document. and protection for a global engagement of tour operators. While most of this stops at the African Union (AU) table, non-governmental organizations in the arts and culture sector, such as APFAC, would do well to accept the challenge in such a way. proactive.
Princess Moradeun Ogunlana, Founder and CEO of the African Women’s Health Project International (AWHPI), Global Foundation, USA, said the Afrika Peace Festival of Arts and Culture is an initiative of the United States of Afrika Peace Festival of Arts and Culture conceived in 2013 and officially registered with the State of Georgia in 2019.
According to her, APFAC is envisioned as a pan-African arts and culture festival both local and international for a comprehensive assessment of the socio-economic, political and intellectual development of pan-African youth in the 21st century.
She noted that the festival “also aims to foster the social and economic progress of Pan-Africanism”, adding that “the festival’s revenues will be channeled into sustainable community programs for national and foreign African communities”.
Oba Owolabi Adeyemi Adeniyi, Onisabe from Igbobi-Sabe and the surrounding area, congratulated the organizers for organizing a cultural event. He urged them, in subsequent editions, to integrate the culture of other ethnic groups living in Lagos.
Crown Troupe of Africa performed a musical drama where it presented the woes of Nigeria from 1914 at the time of the merger until the present day. Wearing the country’s national colors as a costume, they showed the grim reality of a country struggling to find its footing in the midst of available natural resources due to corruption and mismanagement of resources.
The event was composed by artist and theater producer, Mufu Onifade, and Nollywood actress, Tina Mba, while Crown Troupe of Africa, The Oghene Boys, Atilogwu dance troupe and Dizzy Mbata, a freestyle rapper , delighted the audience with their performances. There was a special showcase of “ITAN The Story”, written and directed by Ayo Jaiyesimi.