The Deputy Governor of Lagos state Dr Femi Hamzat has officially unveiled the thirty- seven wonders of Nigeria as the 35th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture ended in Lagos.
The Thirty- seven wonders of Nigeria comprises of tourism destinations in each state in Nigeria including the federal capital territory.
In a closing remark Dr Hamzat said that one of the lessons from this year’s NAFEST is to pay cursory attention to harnessing the differences in people’s culture as this could assist in building consensus and bond of friendship towards genuine reconciliation that will promote the much needed unity, reduce tension and tribal conflicts in the country.
He pointed out that it is almost impossible not to have differences, considering the multiplicity of Nigeria ‘s culture and languages hence the need to always follow the path of dialogue and other non-violent approach in resolving potential issues capable of igniting violence.
The Lagos state Deputy Governor pleaded with all participants at the event to continue to imbibe the good virtues learnt through the platform of this year’s NAFEST and also share these good lessons with their kinsmen their your respective States.
Earlier in a closing remark, the Director General of the National Council For Arts and Culture Otunba Olusegun Runsewe who commended Lagos state for playing a good host said Lagos remains a special state given the number of contingents that came from different states particularly Rivers state that came with one thousand contingents.
Otunba Runsewe said NAFEST remains a platform for bringing Nigerians together to explore , exchange and appreciate their culture.
The seven day festival was rounded up with a very colourful cultural parade.
Lagos State emerged the overall winner at the 2022 National Festival of Arts and Culture, which began last Monday November 7 and ended November 13, 2022.
Lagos clinched the first position for the competitive events, beating Bayelsa and Rivers states to second place while Ekiti came third.