By; BUHÀRI B. BELLO, Jos
The 2020 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) promises to be a memorable one as Plateau State gears up to host the National fiesta with a touch of excellence leveraging on its rich heritage and potentials.
Plateau State Governor and Chairman Northern Governors Forum His Excellency, Rt Honourable Simon Lalong has given marching orders to the Central Planning Committee to make sure everything is put in place for a successful hosting.
State Commissioner of Information and Communication who also doubles as Chairman, Publicity Sub-Committee, NAFEST 2020, Dan Manjang in a statement in Jos, assured that the Planning Committee is up and doing as finishing touches are being concluded to host the rest of the country.
Manjang explained that the cultural diversity of the state and being Nigeria’s melting pot and a nexus between the Northern and Southern parts of the country, it offers a platform to reinforce Nigeria’s unity using arts and culture.
He stated that Plateau people have been mobilised in their characteristic nature to extend their hospitality to participants and tourists.
The Information and Communication Commissioner said the event under the Chairmanship of Senator Owelle Rochas Okorocha, Chairman, Senate Committee on Tourism and Culture, who he describes as a Plateau son, has Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni (National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC), as Special Guest will commence on 22nd November and will be rounded off on the 28 of the same month.
He said the opening ceremony will hold at the Rwang Pam Township Stadium, Jos and the event will be rounded off with a golf tournament at the Rayfield Golf club.
Events to feature at NAFEST include traditional board game, archery, indigenous fabrics competition, children essay competition and cultural quiz competition.
Other events are choral music competition, traditional cuisine, children’s indigenous instrumental competition, children’s craft and command performance.
All events will take place at Langfield Leisure Park Rayfield and will be observed in accordance with COVID-19 protocol.