ABEOKUTA – The Ogun state government is set to incorporate Afrobeat music into the Annual African Drums Festival to make it bigger and better than it has used to be.
This was disclosed by the Executive Governor of Ogun State, Prince (Dr) Dapo Abiodun at his Oke-Mosan Office in Abeokuta, Ogun State on Thursday while playing host to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi. He said the decision was to promote the music made popular by the indigent of the State, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
“Ogun State has been hosting the drum festival in the past. We are going to take it a step higher. We are going to have the drum and afrobeat festival. It is going to be a bit bigger than the drum festival”, he said.
Governor Abiodun also disclosed that 30 hectares of land has been allocated for the Creative Arts Village whose construction would commence in the third quarter of this year.
He said efforts are on to have a more than 15,000 seater conference Hall that would be like a mini Hollywood, where those in the music industry would use to express themselves.
NEWS FLAKES NG further gathered that he lauded the Oba for making the youth proud by promoting the yoruba culture and adding colour to the throne, assuring that he would be focused by providing qualitative leadership to justify the mandate given to him by the people.
Speaking earlier, Oba Ogunwusi, described the State as a shining example in self sustainability, adding that the State with its human and natural resources was a force to be reckoned with in the comity of states.
While assuring the Governor of his continued prayers and useful advice, the monarch called on political appointees to work as a team, expressing confidence that the Governor would succeed in taking the State to the next level.