World Tallest Drums Unveiled In Drum Festival In Ogun

One of the World’s tallest drums at the Drum Festival in Ogun. It is 17ft tall

Nigeria’s first Drum Festival was held in Ogun State where drums believed to be the tallest in the world were unveiled. They stood 16 and 17 feet tall.

It was an exciting festival, with different drum sounds serenading the arena.

Drums are used not only as a means of providing musical sounds but equally as a means of communication.

It has become an important and integral part of human existence especially in the African culture.

The celebration of the rich and diverse cultural heritage resonates in Ogun State, also known as the Gate Way State.

During the maiden edition of the Nigeria Drum Festival, first of its kind in Nigeria and indeed the continent of Africa, drummers officially opened the show with the drumming of the national anthem. The talking drum did the wonder.

With the theme “Reviving Our Culture In Drums”, the Ogun State government conceived the idea in an attempt to revive and rejuvenate the dwindling fortunes of the Nigerian culture through the drums and at the same time boost the tourism potentials of the state as a means of job creation.

The Commissioner of Tourism in the state, Mr Muyiwa Oladapo, said the festival was a way of reviving the nation’s culture, which he stressed was dying.

“We needed to revive it and we knew and appreciated the fact that drum is that part of art and culture that cuts across the entire length and breadth of the community, Nigeria and the world,” Mr Oladapo stated.

The four-day event was held at the June 12 cultural Centre, in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State.

Ara, the talking drum, was one of the drums featured at the Drum Festival

It was attended by 19 states of the federation and witnessed by members of the diplomatic corps traditional rulers and other prominent guests joining the host Governor Ibikunle Amosun and his wife Olufunsho.

The event showcased drums from various culture across Nigeria, as participants entertained the audience with beautiful performances from individuals and groups like Ogun State Dance Troupe, Hubert Ogunde Theatre Group, Ani Dance Group from the east, the Unique Fingers from the Niger delta and Ara, the renowned talking drummer, among others.

Some of the dignitaries at the event were the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and his Olori Wuraola, the Alake and paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, the Oshile of Oke Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, the Director General of the National Council of Art and Culture, Mrs Dayo Keshi and her husband Ambassador Joe Keshi, and Senator Olorunimbe Mamora.

Muslim-Muslim Ticket: Mamora Says APC Not Decided Over Candidate

Olorunimbe-MamoraA member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria, Mr Olorunimbe Mamora, says the party is yet to decide its presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections, blaming opposition parties for speculations that the Party was fielding two Muslims as President and Vice.

He told Channels Television on Sunday that the party members would decide who the candidates would be.

“The issue of who will get the party ticket is still speculation and some of these claims of Muslim-Muslim ticket are being engineered by the opposition party.

“You wait and see, at the appropriate time the appropriate permutation will be put in place that will ensure victory for the party.

“It is the totality of membership of the party that will decide,” Mamora said.

The former Senator representing Lagos State also said he was not aware of any agreement that had given General Mohammed Buhari the mandate of the party, as a presidential candidate.

On the party’s chance of winning the 2015 election, he said: “Judging by the tremendous goodwill that the APC has on ground right now, if we are to go by that, I will tell you that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is a goner come 2015.

“Nigerians are happy now that they have an alternative which is the APC”.

He insisted that the PDP controlled Federal Government had not justified being in office for so long. The PDP has been in the seat of power in Nigeria since 1999 and the opposition party says the part is not delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians.

Recently, there was a rebasing of the Nigerian economy, resulting to the emergence of Nigeria as the largest economy in Africa ahead of South Africa.

But for Mr Mamora, the rebasing of the economy was not enough.

“People should not be carried away by political gimmicks and razzmatazz,” he said, referring to the rebasing of the economy.

“The recent GDP rebasing is not what is important for the common man. “What is important is the quality of life. Has it got better?

“The power sector is getting worse, local infrastructure, the roads and employment rate are there, unchanged.

“It is not about effort being made. You may be making efforts but the efforts are not just good enough for the people.

“It should not take eternity for Nigeria to be transformed,” he insisted.

“How does the rebasing of the economy translate into a better life for the ordinary man? You think the ordinary man on the street will be interested in knowing how the quality of his life is, in the face of unemployment, insecurity broken down infrastructure.”

He stressed the need for the government to improve the productive base of the economy with focus on agriculture, stressing that his political party is advocating a full blown agriculture with mechanised system in Nigeria .

The former Senator stressed that the problems of preservation and transportation – access roads to farm and then to the market – should be addressed in order for proper diversification of the economy to take effect.

He also observed that the delay in the presentation of the budget had contributed to the poor implementation, urging the executive to, as much as possible, present the budget earlier than they have done in previous years.