The Ogun State Commissioner for Culture, Mr Muyiwa Oladapo, said on Wednesday that the 14ft world’s tallest drum would be displayed at the forthcoming Drums Festival in Abeokuta, Nigeria.
Oladapo stated this at the Unveiling of the Official Logo of the event in Abeokuta. He said the festival would hold in Abeokuta from April 19 to April 22.
The commissioner said the festival would draw participants from the 36 states of the federation including Abuja. He added that the participants would compete in drum beats, drum dance, performance and exhibition with different types of drums peculiar to their localities.
Oladapo said “the festival is aimed at promoting Nigeria’s cultural heritage and unity.’’ He expressed optimism that the festival would also expose tourism opportunities and potentials of the state.
The drum is a common factor that binds tribes and ethnic groups with different cultures in Nigeria and the festival will be an avenue to bring the different types of drums together.
“The festival, being the maiden edition, will turn around the face of culture and tourism not only in Ogun, but in Nigeria and Africa at large”, he said. He explained that the festival was purely an initiation of Ogun government supported by the private sector in the state.