At the just concluded African Drum Festival, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III spoke about the rich culture in Africa and how we need more platforms like that across the continent.
Proudly sponsored by MTN Nigeria, the festival saw the Monarch relate the drumming culture in yorubaland to the state of the country. In his words “every morning at 5am, drums wake up Yoruba kings to remind them of the oaths they took to serve their people. We need drums to wake our leaders and policy makers in Nigeria”.
The third edition of the Africa Drum festival, which was tagged, ‘Drumming for Advancement’, saw drum troupes from 33 different Nigerian states as well as troupes from over 20 African countries and the Caribbean perform at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
In attendance at the three day event, supported by MTN, were the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka and royal fathers; Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo; the Alafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III; Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi; Obong of Calabar, Etubom Ekpo; Akarigbo of Remo land, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, and many others.
The cultural event also had in attendance, Nollywood stars like like Tunde Kelani, Kareem Adepoju (Baba Wande), Kunle Afolayan, Olu Jacobs, Richard Agbor, Wole Sodimu, Wale Dada, Omotunde Adebowale David as well as the Marketing & Strategy: Sponsorship & Promotions Manager MTN Nigeria, Njide Ken-Odogwu, Events and Sponsorship Manager, MTN Nigeria, Okundola Bamgboye and the Senior Manager, Go-to-Market brands, MTN Nigeria, Chinyelu Onochie.
The festival was sponsored by Nigeria’s leading provider of communications services and widest reaching network, MTN, known for supporting a wide range of segments in the creative industry.