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Drums have long been a tight knit part of var­i­ous cul­tural/eth­nic groups in Nige­ria in­clud­ing the Yorubas, Hausas, and other groups. It is used, some­times along­side other indige­nous in­stru­ment as means of com­mu­ni­ca­tion and or en­ter­tain­ment and comes in var­i­ous shapes and sizes, each with its own use and sound. They are usu­ally made out from carved out wood with leather hide fas­tened on one open­ing and adorned with var­i­ous em­bel­lish­ments and are used by beat­ing with a spe­cially made stick or with the hands at dif­fer­ent strengths and slants to emit vary­ing dis­tin­guished sound. This im­por­tant com­po­nent of our na­tional and in­deed con­ti­nen­tal her­itage por­tended the found­ing of the first ever drums fes­ti­val with the theme of Re­viv­ing Our Rich Cul­ture Through The Drums And Pro­mot­ing Our Tourist At­trac­tion Sites.

The Nige­rian Drums Fes­ti­val held at the Ogun State Cul­tural Cen­tre through the 19th -22nd of April 2016 and it was one of epic pro­por­tions. This maiden edi­tion show­cased the rich­ness of the Nige­rian cul­tural di­ver­sity with par­tic­i­pa­tion from dif­fer­ent states, each en­dowed with its own unique style, per­for­mance and an­tics.

The event marked a wa­ter­shed in the trend­ing re­vival of our po­tent but vastly un­tapped tourism in­dus­try in Nige­ria through our rich her­itage as was re­it­er­ated by speak­ers at the event and cus­to­di­ans of the Nige­rian cul­tural her­itage. Iden­ti­fy­ing this re­vi­tal­iza­tion as a wind of change blow­ing around the coun­try, The Ooni of Ife, His Im­pe­rial Majesty, Oba Adey­eye Eni­itan Ogun­wusi added thus:

“Drums are very im­por­tant and very com­mon mu­si­cal in­stru­ments in Africa and we should not joke with them; we should con­tinue to work for the unity of Yoruba na­tion, Nige­ria and the con­ti­nent of Africa. To­day, we are very proud that we are re­ju­ve­nat­ing our dead cul­ture, her­itage and tra­di­tion; it is a very good start­ing point and we should con­tinue to cap­i­tal­ize on fes­ti­vals like this and con­tinue to fea­ture them.” The Alake of Egba, Oba Ade­do­tun Gbadebo also im­plied that it was high time we went back to our roots and that we must never ab­ro­gate our cul­ture as we can use cul­ture to gen­er­ate a lot of in­come as against our over­re­liance on crude oil.

Also present at the event were Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State

Ara, The Fe­male Talk­ing Drum­mer

The Late Hu­bert Ogunde Band ig­nites nostal­gia in the au­di­ence

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