CBAAC spurs nostalgic feelings as Africans celebrate 45th anniversary of FESTAC

Posted by News Express | 14 December 2022 | 1,725 times

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By TAIYE OLAYEMI
 
Nostalgic feelings characterised the commemoration of 45th anniversary of FESTAC, hosted by the Centre for Black Arts and African Civilisation (CBAAC) in Abuja.
 
The relics and memories of FESTAC ’77 was brought to the fore through documentary presentation of various cultural displays exhibited during the actual festival 45 years ago.
 
These initial documentaries were juxtaposed with a series of performances yet again by states within the country and delegates from other countries.
 
The entire performances revealed how culture had evolved over the years and the enormous potential yet untapped for economic benefits.
 
Countries in scintillating African dance styles and songs were seen in colourful display of various aspects of African culture, arts, crafts and all.
 
Zimbabwe exhibited an important aspect of their historical cultural lifestyle in acrobatic movement with rhythmic claps and drummings.
 
Ugandans, in classic appearance, made synchronized movement of their indigenous dances, their presentation relay stories in captivating manner.
 
The Togolese danced in their Rafia costumes and beaded legs while the Sudanese performance revealed their nomadic lifestyle which is always displayed during joyous occasions.
 
South African’s indlamu dance expressed their cultural vagal and the Somalians in dramatic expressions tell stories of their exploits and travails as a nation.
 
Other countries whose documentaries were exhibited were: Libya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Cuba, Cote d’Ivoire and many more countries.
 
The event had Indians display various fabrics peculiar with different regions of the country.
 
African fashion and hairdo cutting across different countries were also exhibited.
 
An Indian National, Mustafa Turra, expressed his love for the various cultural performances displayed by Africans.
 
He said these performances which were done with high vigour, energy and enthusiasm should be packaged and exported across the globe.
 
He noted that African dances inspire people across the globe and such should be used as instrument to effect world peace.
 
“The world is waiting for African dances, culture, arts and crafts. These are aspects of African economy that must be tapped to enrich the continent and to unite the globe,” he said.
 
Earlier, Oluwabunmi Amao, Director-General, CBAAC, appreciated everyone who had supported the commemoration of the festival.
 
She urged Africans to engage the powerful potential in music and dance to stay united with people of varied culture.
 
Aralola Olumuyiwa, first Nigerian female drummer, had an electrifying performance as she simultaneously danced and drummed to the amusement of the audience.
 
Also, Nigerian Comedian, Kenny Black, excited the audience with some rib cracking comedy. (NAN)
 
•PHOTO: Dance performance during the commemoration ceremony for the 45th anniversary of FESTAC held in Abuja


Source: News Express

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