Kaduna State Governor, Nasiru El-Rufai has flagged off the annual Kaduna Arts and Book Festival, initiated to encourage literary arts and talents.
Governor El-Rufai said that creative arts do not only nurture minds but also creates wealth and employment.
He said components of creative arts represented by the Nigerian film industry, musicians and photographers are already breaking new grounds and demonstrating sustained visibility.
“We seek to promote the creative arts to not only to nurture minds but also create jobs and wealth for our people.
“Apart from books, creative arts program seek to promote music, films and the arts in general, and with this third edition, our aspiration to institutionalize KABAFEST is being attained,” Governor El-Rufai stated.
He appreciated the two editions of the festival, which had provided a mix of global and local, while exploring stories and ideas in conversation and from other cultures.”
He said: “Kaduna State embraces it’s diversity as a blessing and it has used literature as one of the most important channels that can be used to explain ourselves, first to each other and then to the World; building ourselves a common community and challenging us to build a better society.”
El-Rufai expressed optimism that the event will deliver an inspiring experience to all participants.
The Director Book Buzz Foundation and organizers of the festival, Lola Shoneyin appreciated the government for its support.
The four-day festival drew accomplished writers and artists from the UK, US, Ghana, Kenya, Jamaican, Canada and South Africa.