The Nigerian News Agency reports that the delegates went through the accreditation and accommodation process on arrival at the National Institute of Sports, Surulere, the venue for the festival.
The festival with the theme “Culture and Peaceful Coexistence” will take place from November 7 to 13.
Chief Olusegun Runsewe, Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), urged delegates to develop sportsmanship and ensure they enjoy all aspects of the festival.
He said that the essence of the festival was to ensure that Nigerians of all ethnic divisions remain united and enjoy a peaceful nation.
He also advised all delegates to take the opportunity of the platform to learn about cultures other than their own and focus on creating a united Nigeria.
According to him, at 7:00 p.m. a command function of the State Government will be held to announce the festival.
Runsewe said the festival will feature indigenous cooking competitions, children’s music; board game; crafts for kids; essay writing for kids; indigenous fabric/fashion; theater and indigenous material for interior decoration.
Meanwhile, some delegates expressed their joy and desire to emerge as overall winners of the festival’s competitive events.
Adline Ibinabo, a member of the Rivers State Council for the Arts and Culture company, which will participate in the drama competition, said, “Without a doubt, Rivers will emerge as the overall winner.”
Additionally, Harrison Soizari, a Rivers model, said the state would step up to emerge first in competitive events.
“I hope that the organized festival, known as the Center of Excellence, will be outstanding.
“I look forward to a well-organized and coordinated festival,” he said.
reports that security personnel were seen at strategic locations, ensuring the safety of revelers.
Restaurant operators inside the sports stadium also expressed their enthusiasm for the choice of venue.
Source Credit: NAN