The Minister of Information, Arts and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has described the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC)’s Black and African Hall of Fame as a preservation of Nigeria’s arts and culture.
The Minister, who was ably represented by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Information, Arts and Culture, Dr. Ifeoma Anyanwu, made this known at the unveiling held during the week in Abuja.
Mohammed, who commended the Director-General of the Centre, Mrs Oluwabunmi Amao, noted that the preservation would prevent the country’s cultural inclinations from going into extinction.
“I am marveled because what has been done here will be able to preserve Arts and culture so that they don’t go into extinction and that history will be there for the younger generation who are coming up to come and see how Nigeria evolved, Africa evolved and see the great heroes of Africa, great heroes of Nigeria in their own country and so on and so forth.
“My vision is to see another FESTAC 77. I also look forward to the recreation of another FESTAC in years to come.” said Mohammed.
Speaking on the need for another FESTAC 77 in the country, The Director-General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Mrs. Oluwabunmi Amao said FESTAC 77 is more relevant now as history is being returned to school’s curriculum, explaining that it would aid the students’ proper understanding of the country’s historical antecedents.
Amao, who was the former special adviser on Arts and Culture to the late Senator Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, further explained that the knowledge of FESTAC 77 is key as it enables the students to know who were around about that time and those who performed.