Ejiofor Urges Deltans to Keep Up Good Work

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Hon. Com. Lawrence Ejiofor, Permanent Secretary, Anagalere Umumkoro & Director Arts Council, Patrick Clark

By Fidelia Ben-Udi

The Delta State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Lawrence Ejiofor has encouraged Deltans not to give up but keep up the good work of showcasing our culture and tradition as part of efforts to help the Delta State tourism thrive.

He made this statement at closing ceremony of the 2022 National festival for arts and culture (NAFEST) which held at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, Onikan Lagos featuring 29 States. The Honourable Commissioner said that Delta has a lot that is worthy of showcasing and good enough to attract tourists and foreign investors.

Cross session of Delta Contingents and Staff at Nafest

Speaking in line with the theme “Culture and Peaceful Co-existence”, Ejiofor who attended the event in the company of the Permanent Secretary, Angalaere umukoro, all the directors and some members of staff urged Deltans to always look beyond the competition to the opportunities that abound including networking with like minds to engender the peace Nigeria stands for, and promote our culture in the process.

The highly competitive event which lasted seven days had a display of various angles of the Nigerian Culture including traditional cuisine, archery, traditional board games, broad way, indigenous fashion and indigenous interior decoration amongst other categories.

With Lagos taking the overall first position, and Rivers second, Delta stood proud of her heritage and graciously received her gongs of award for third position in cuisine, 5th in drama musical, 4th in the traditional broad-way, 5th in indigenous fabrics for interior décor and fashion.

The Director, Delta State Art Council, Patrick Clark, said he is grateful that some of the efforts of the troupe was rewarded but stressed that there is always room for improvement and that Delta would do better next time.

Though they expected more from the event than they received, it was a beautiful experience and a good effort they made at showcasing our culture and tradition to the rest of the world and in the paraphrased words of the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, Delta has a lot to offer the world waiting to be harnessed.

Hon. Com. Ejiofor with students at Nafest

The highlight of the event, was the unveiling and presentation of the 37 seven wonders of Nigeria package to the States present, to be delivered to their governors. The package of the 37 wonders of Nigeria contains a detailed description of the rich destinations found in the 36 states of the federation and the federal capital Territory Abuja.

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