Ogun State government says Afro Beat music will be incorporated into its annual African Drum Festival, with other side attractions to make it bigger and better.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who disclosed this while playing host to the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said the decision was to promote the music, which was made popular by the indigene of the State, Fela Anikulapo Kuti.
“Ogun State has been hosting the drum festival in the past, we are going to take it a step higher. We are going to have the drum and afro beat festival. It is going to be a bit bigger than the drum festival”, he said.
Governor Abiodun who also disclosed that efforts were on to have a more than 15,000 seater-conference hall, where musicians in the music industry would use to express themselves, revealing that 30 hectares of land had been allocated for the Creative Arts Village construction, which would commence later in the year.
He lauded Oba Ogunwusi for promoting the Yoruba culture, pledging that his government would be focused by providing qualitative leadership, to justify the mandate given to him by the people.
Speaking earlier, Oba Ogunwusi, described the State as a shining example in self sustainability, adding that the State, with its human and natural resources was a force to be reckoned with in the comity of States.
While assuring the Governor of his continued prayers and useful advice, the Monarch admonished political appointees to work as a team, expressing confidence that the Governor would succeed in taking the State to the next level.