The Ekiti State has won the first position as the Most Culturally Creative and Innovative State in Nigeria, at the just concluded National Arts and Culture Festival, (NAFEST 2019) held at the University of Benin Sports Complex

Penpushing reports that,  Ekiti State  Governor  Dr Kayode Fayemi had mobilised the Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture under Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre to lead a 48- member contingent including the Permanent Secretary, Alhaji Ganiyu Titilope Ibrahim  to Benin, Edo State to join other States in participating   in the 39th Edition of the National Arts and Culture Festival.

The Ekiti Contingent had gone to the event with the major aim of showcasing the preparation of Royal Pounded Yam in line with the theme of this year’s National Arts and Culture Festival, (NAFEST 2019): Our Royalty. Our Pride

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The contingents with two mortals, four pestles, bags of condiments of local soup preparation, seasoned bushmeat and set of Ekiti farm yam tubers,headed for Benin to culturally showcase the beauty of Ekiti  pounded yam

Penpushing further reports, Ekiti State Council for Arts and Culture under Ambassador Wale Ojo – Lanre said the entry of Ekiti Contingent was markedly noticed at the Federal Government Girls  College Benin which was the camp for the delegates when the contingent displayed a welcome cultural show to the amazement of others participants who were there before them.

The Ambassador stated that, to further demonstrate the contingent’s tenacity of purpose, it immediately set up a kitchen at the Eweka Hall where pounded yam was made available at a la carte, adding that having  established a culturally dignified presence at the Camp , the Ekiti Contingent shifted attention to the Arts and Craft Exhibition Ground at Cultural Center Benin City where it established a culturally beautiful pavilion manned by the President of Ekiti State Association of Professional Artists, Mr Jacob Ayodele who ensured that the beauty of Ekiti indigenous arts and crafts was exposed to the teaming participants who scrambled to visit Ekiti Pavilion where Ekiti State Cultural Troupe maintained glorious musical presence.

Penpushing also reports that, Wale Ojo – Lanre said  the glory of Ekiti State shone brightly at the presentation of the Royal Cuisines by all the participating States of the Federation held at the Benin Museum.

‘The Ekiti Pavilion discerned itself from the others by its sheer employment of culturally local contents both in the construction of its pavilion, cooking utensils, soup ingredients, method of preparation and serving to the process of eating the pounded yam by the King whose mouth must not be seen while eating’.

‘The creativity and innovation which Ekiti State Contingent injected into the packaging and presentation of its content at the event did not only impressed the adjudicators but overwhelmed the imagination Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, DG, National Council for Arts and Culture , Abuja, who publicly acknowledged this when he led  a team of distinguished guests on a visit to Ekiti Cuisine Pavilion’.

‘Otunba Olusegun Runsewe who announced the Award of 1st position as the Most Creative and Innovative State in terms of culture in Nigeria commended Governor Fayemi for his brilliant cultural vision which has continued to glitter globally’, Wale Ojo-Lanre emphasised.

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