Port Harcourt remained the cynosure of all eyes away from bloodshed and killings in other faraway states as the colourful display of the nation’s culture and tradition rigned for one week. This ended on a high-note in Port Harcourt on Saturday as 25 participating states showcased the diversity of the nation at the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST 2018), and went home with N125m.
NAFEST 2018 which was described as a masterstroke saw Rivers State emerging as the overall best state of the festival. Bayelsa State emerged second place, Ondo State took third place, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) emerged fourth place and overall fifth place went to Delta State. Traditional musicians, cultural dancers, traditional acrobats and masquerades displayed during the closing ceremony at the Sharks Stadium in Port Harcourt.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Gov Wike said that NAFEST was not just a competition, but a platform to promote the culture of Nigeria. He said: “Let us use culture to unite this country. The entire country is here and we are celebrating in unity. Apart from sports, culture is the uniting factor in Nigeria”.
Meanwhile, Gov Wike offered farewell packages of N5million each to the 25 participating states in the 2018 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), including Rivers State. Speaking during the closing ceremony at the Sharks Stadium, Port Harcourt, last Saturday, Wike said that no one would come to RiversState and go back empty handed.
He charged Nigerians to always support the activities of the National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC) in order to build greater love and unity in the country, noting that apart from sports, nothing else unites the country than culture.