Lagos ready to host Eko Nafest

The Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otumba Olusegun Runsewe, has commended the Lagos State Government for the laudable preparation towards the celebration of 35th edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST).

Speaking during a media tour of the National Stadium Surulere, Lagos, venue for the forthcoming festival tagged “Eko NAFEST” Otumba Runsewe said Lagos State had so far laid beautiful precedence for other states that would host subsequent editions of the festival.

According to him, the state has been able to rebrand some structures/sites within the National Stadium where some aspects of the festival will hold and had made provision for conducive accommodation, toilet facilities, waste disposal, medical centres, ambulance services and more.

He noted that in the history of NAFEST, no state had been able to prepare this much within a short time, over the years as some edifice in National Stadium which has been abandoned over 25 years have been renovated and rebranded for the purpose of the festival.

The NCAC Director General noted that from the history of NAFEST, they rarely have a venue for cultural market, but Lagos State provided a suitable venue and pointed out that Lagos indeed has set beautiful pace for other states to follow.

Otumba Runsewe lauded the accommodation arrangement made so far, considering the free wifi services revellers would enjoy and unlimited access to basic amenities like electricity and water.

According to him, the state remains  well organised in its planning process as each of the accommodation halls are labelled, exploring the brands of the state.

He urged other states warming up to host the festival in coming years to take a clue from Lagos state.


All is set for Lagos State to host the 35th edition of National Festival of Arts and Culture, ”Eko Nafest ”
So says the Lagos State Commissioner of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Uzmat Akinbile Yusuf while speaking at the meeting of the National planning Committee for the festival, held at National Institute for Sports, National stadium, Surulere.
The commissioner who assured that lagos, will make a significant difference in hosting Nafest, which was last held in lagos in 1988 said the signature outing of Eyo masquerade will be a top notch and commended the Director General of National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Segun Runsewe for coming up with ideas that guided the planning committee.
Mrs Akinbile also commended governor Babajide sanwo-0lu for moral and financial support towards successful hosting of iconic festival.
Stakeholders and including the 35 states Culture contingents expected during the festival which will take place from November, 7th to 13th .
Chioma Ezike

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