By Israel Bulus, Kaduna
Out of the 23 local governments that participated at the 2017 Kaduna Festival Arts and Culture (NAFEST), Sanga has emerged the overall winner.
The five-days competition which took place at Gamji in Kaduna ended on Friday 25th August, 2017.
Kaduna South and Giwa local governments trailed behind Sanga in the second and the third positions respectively.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the host, who is also the commissioner for Youth, Sports and Culture, Hon. Daniel Danauta said the 2017 KADFEST event was unique.
“For the first time, all contingents from the 23 local governments have been camped under one roof at the Kaduna International trade fair Complex thus bringing the different communities together with the view to knowing each other’s cultural values and fostering unity,” the commissioner said.
He informed the contingents of governor Nasir el-Rufai’s approval to host the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) 2017, which will be coming up on the 16th October this year. He said Kaduna will be attending this year’s Abuja Carnival.
Giving an insight into the next year’s event, the commissioner said participants should expect a modified KADFEST that will combine both culture, modern music and creative arts.
“We are building KADFEST into a brand that will not only be saleable, but marketable to Kaduna state,” Danauta said.
“Since inception in 1975, KADFEST has served effectively as one of the veritable forums for the promotion of unity and peaceful co-existence among the diverse cultural groups in Kaduna state. It has also contributed immensely in enhancing the resilient character that has marked Kaduna state out as a study in harmonious co-existence in Nigeria which has helped in no small measure to facilitate and sustain Kaduna’s central role in regional, national and international, as well as other beneficial economic, social and political fora.”