News | NAFEST 2017 Ends In Kaduna, Niger Contingent Excels In ‘Children Performance'.

Niger State contingent at the just concluded 2017 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in Kaduna have emerged sixth position behind Bayelsa, Kaduna, Lagos, Delta and Ogun States at the festival.

A released signed by the Acting Director, Public Relations of the Niger State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Peter Wakili Shatta revealed that 18 states including the FCT participated at this year’s NAFEST which saw Niger State among the best six performing states.

Contingents from the state have performed wonderfully in Children Dramatization, arts, crafts and painting and traditional board games among others.

He noted that since after the 1989 edition of NAFEST in Bauchi State, the Niger state performing arts department was only able to record success in this year’s edition through children performance.

The Acting Director observed that The Niger state Governor, Alh Abubakar Sani Bello approved the participation of Niger State in good time, but the release of funds was late due scarcity and other interconnected logistic challenges.

He added that 2018 edition which would be hosted by River State shall witness early preparations saying that talents would be hunted from the grassroots during the state Festival of Arts and Culture (NIGERFEST).

He attributed the average performances of Contingents from Niger State to inability to hunt for talents on time as well as lack of organizing the state’s NIGERFEST to select and train the best hands to face other counterparts across the states of the federation.

Other states closely behind Niger State were Jigawa, Katsina, Sokoto, Nassaraw, Plateau among others.