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A scene from the drama event at the show


As part of efforts to open the country’s performance space, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), last Sunday, hosted the art community and members of diplomatic corps to a drive-in theatrical show.

With that successful experience, the coast appeared clearer for the hosting of 2020 National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST 2020), scheduled to hold in Jos, the Capital City of Plateau State, later in October.

The two-hour cultural fiesta was, perhaps, the first cultural outdoor event since the country experienced lockdown in March due to COVID-19 pandemic, and the excitement shared by guests spoke volume of their enthusiasm to return to normal life.

The event, which held in an ample field belonging to Abuja Sheraton Hotels and Towers, was attended by representatives of over 18 countries including the Ambassadors of Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela, India, Pakistan and China.

Leading to the main venue was about half kilometre Cultural Tube, through which the guests drove in as they were ushered personally by the Director General, NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe.

Runsewe expressed delighted at the encouraging presence of Nigerians and other culture enthusiasts who came to grace the occasion.He added that Nigeria has once again demonstrated that life was gradually returning to normalcy after COVID-19.He said: “COVID-19 might have impacted the cultural tourism businesses worldwide but in Nigeria, we are back on the beat. We are going to overcome challenges and put the right foot forward.”

Runsewe further assured his guests that more of such festivals would come their way at regular intervals. For the Chairman, House Committee on Culture and Tourism, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide Ihama, it was commendable for Runsewe-led NCAC to have thought outside the box at such a crucial time.

He stated that with the evening cultural outing, NCAC justified its corporate relevance and contributions to the advancement of Nigerian cultural tourism beyond COVID-19.

“Runsewe has once again, shown capacity. He was not waiting to be told what to do but has shown everyone how to rise above the fears of the pandemic. He is futuristic and proactive. No doubt, NAFEST 2020 in Jos is a reality.”

“The National Assembly is proud to be associated with this outing and with Runsewe-led NCAC.”Declaring the performance open, there was music, dance and drama presentations by NCAC Cultural Troupe, members of Arojah Theatre and those of Moziac Productions.

The One-hour drama, which featured the Nollywood actor, Francis Duru, centered on mundane domestic power tussles between husband and wife as well as play of intrigues between landlords and obstinate tenants was directed by the artistic director, Maziac Productions, Agozie Ugwu and produced by the Artistic Director, Arojah Theatre, Mr. Jerry Adesewo.

To observe social distancing, guests watched from their respective vehicles while connected to a special program frequency for sound. Meanwhile, they reacted to the happenings on stage by blasting their vehicle horns.


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