By Rahila Lassa, Abuja
Secondary school students in Abuja displayed Nigeria’s rich and diverse cultural heritage at an exhibition of arts and culture in Abuja, on Monday.
The second edition of the Rainbow Art- Unlocking creativity series was organised by the Nigerian Gallery of Arts to encourage children and youths in Nigeria to unlock their creativity through visual arts and to also engage their minds in more ways than one.
Students from Junior Secondary School Dutse, A suburb of the Federal Capital Territory, performed the Gbagyi dance (the indigenous tribe of the FCT) in a scintillating manner, in tune with the rhythm of the music, shaking and twisting their flexible bodies.
The dancers who were clad in the black and white Gbagyi traditional attire, also reflected the symbol of the historical Kwararrafa Kingdom.
They signed out their performance by singing the Nigerian National Anthem in the language.
Students from Federal Government Girls College Bwari also presented a fashion parade adorned in different and colourful traditional attires unique to some ethnic groups in Nigeria.
A New Nigeria
A special presentation was made by students from the Abuja Special School for the Blind.
In an emotional tone, the special students sang a song calling for a new Nigeria through unity in diversity.
One of the students, David Yakubu said he believed that a new Nigeria was possible.
“ I believe a new Nigeria is possible. Nigerians should do a new thing. They should have peace.” He said.
Portraits of art work created by students from the different participating schools were displayed on the walls of the exhibition hall.
There were also displays of arts and crafts, including the popular Yoruba Adire clothing, which is also known as Kampala in Northern Nigeria.
Yoruba is one of the three major languages in Nigeria and it is spoken predominantly by people from the South-western part of the country.
Beads crafted into bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings, as well as clay flower vases were also displayed.