Two months away to the flag off of Nigeria’s unity festival slated for Edo state capital, Benin,feverish logistics activities and promotion are currently ongoing among Edo indigenes living abroad
From daily calls, electronic mails and video calls, Edos in diaspora have inundated the Abuja office of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) asking for updates, travel tips, hotel accommodation and other logistics in place to ensure a hitch free festival even as many of them stated that they will storm the foremost National festival with their families and friends
An enquiry letter from an enthusiastic Edolite living abroad sighted by this correspondent, noted that the festival must hold as it will help project the over four hundred years Edo history and culture and also to appreciate the Oba of Benin who has used his diplomatic experience and contacts to highlight the need for the restoration and repatriation of Edo artifacts fretted away by European invaders during the slave trade era.
Otunba Segun Runsewe, DG NCAC disclosed that from the interest so far shown by Governor Godwin Obaseki, Oba of Benin and the people of Edo state both at home and abroad are clear indications that the preparation for the festival be taken more serious than ever before “we are under pressure, a positive sign that NAfest Edo,2019 in October must be given total attention. The response is encouraging and NCAC is ever ready to deliver and make Nigeria the destination for culture and tourism festivals in the world.” Runsewe stressed