Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, has expressed readiness to host the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Art and Culture (NAFEST) which is slated to hold in Benin, the state capital.
The Festival kicks off on Saturday October 19 and ends October 26, 2019.
The NAFEST festival which began in 2014, is an annual socio-cultural event put together by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) to promote cultural diversity among Nigerians.
In a statement by the Special Adviser on Media and Communication Strategy to the governor, Cruseo Osagie, Mr Obaseki said his government was ”committed to hosting a world-class festival that would be remembered for a long time”.
“We have all things set. Ring Road is wearing a new look. The Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre has been revamped. We have reworked the surrounding and ensured that it is befitting for festival of this status.
“We have also repainted and re-branded the surrounding centre. On the interior, we have renovated the structure; a fresh stage has been built,” he said.
He assured tourists that proper arrangement had been put in place to give them an experience to remember.
“There are various options for those who want to fly. Hospitality businesses are upbeat as well. Bronze casters at Igun street are also very much prepared for the festival.
“The vibrant Benin art scene is sure to give an account of itself and prove that indeed Benin is the cradle of art in the part of the world,” the Governor added
He said Benin was all set to give the cultural fiesta a royal touch as it coincides with the the coronation anniversary of the Oba of Benin, Oba Ewuare II.