Africa Renaissance Basis (AREFO), a non-governmental organisation, has told the Lagos Convey and federal executive to tap into the Badagry Diaspora Festival (BDF) to boost cultural tourism within the explain.
Babatunde Mesewaku, the President of AREFO and organiser of the festival, made the charm on Sunday on the 2021 version of the Badagry Diaspora Festival in Badagry.
The Recordsdata Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the festival used to be held on the Palace of Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu Toyi 1.
Mr Mesewaku stated the festival used to be organised to novel the enviornment that Badagry used to be blessed with a habitual tradition, heritage, and history.
“Custom and festival are products of tourism, if one needs to construct tourism especially in Lagos Convey, cultural tourism is the foremost and here is what we are doing in Badagry.
“We are doing this on the local degree in expose for the federal and Lagos Convey governments to ogle the doubtless and tap into it.
“Badagry people make contributions money for the celebration of the festival yearly on fable of of the importance they place to the preservation of cultural heritage review to other areas,” he stated.
Mr Mesewaku, the customary Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Custom, stated the festival started as a neighborhood programme named Ogu Festival and changed to Badagry cultural festival.
“The festival came into existence because the awareness of our cultural and historical significance to the worldwide world. We realised that previously for the duration of the slave alternate, various worldwide communities recognize Dutch, English, Brazilian, French, and Portuguese like been all in Badagry fascinated by the slave alternate industrial.
“They like been in stop industrial collaboration with Badagry people especially the quarters within the metropolis. So, we realised that it’s a necessity for us to explore the historical significance of this to Badagry and the enviornment.
“Badagry, being an customary port, a market for sales and transportation of slave, we decided to explore the importance of this legacy and trace true out of it,” he stated.
He stated that the festival is an avenue for Africans within the Diaspora to blueprint and trip their tradition, tradition after which reconstruct their history and identification.
In step with him, the festival has shown that Badagry is a port of tradition important for Nigeria and for the Diaspora too.
“Now we like over eight quarters here in Badagry with various cultural outfits, so if the Diaspora people solution to us they are going to stare kinds of the cultural heritage of Badagry,” he stated
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In his remarks, the Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu Toyi 1, told the people to ascertain that the festival becomes a world festival.
He told residents to again the organisers of the festival in expose to retain the 20-One year-veteran festival alive.
The Akran counseled the Arewas, Ndigbo, and other tribes who came to celebrate the festival with them.
The festival began its humble beginnings in 1999, as a remembrance of the slave alternate expertise and the importance of the metropolis within the expertise. In 1999, AREFO organized the famous Badagry Festival. Right via the years, AREFO has spent hundreds of hours organizing the festival and has been instrumental in evolving it into the festival that we know as of late.
NAN reports that the festival featured Badagry royal carnival, Zangbeto carnival, Ogun Badagry dance, and Obatala and Aje festival.
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