2019 NAFEST Elevated To Royal Status In Benin

* From left Secretary to Edo State Government, Osarondion Ogie, Director General, National Council of Arts and Culture(NCAC), Deputy Governor of Edo State, Rt. Hon. Philip Shuaibu, Governor oF Edo State,Godwin Obaseki and Chief Sam Igbe enjoying the royal night with the Oba of Benin, His Royal Majesty Ewuare Il



The ongoing 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture(NAFEST) in Benin will be remembered as a royal NAFEST of sorts given the royal complexion to almost every aspect of the festival.

* Director General, National Council of Arts and Culture(NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, presenting a gift to Oba of Benin, Ewuare 11, for hosting delegates to the 32nd ongoing NAFEST festival .

From a royal demonstration of Nigerian cuisines by several states to a display of indigenous fabrics in royal apparel to a night of glorious royal grandeur personified by the Benin Monarch himself, HRM Oba Ewuare II, all showcasing royalty in its purest form.

* DG, NCAC Otunba Segun Runsewe paying homage to the Oba of Benin, Ewuare 11

The renowned and highly revered Oba attended a variety show with his beautiful wives, which is rare as far as Benin tradition is concerned.

Also in attendance at the show was the full complement of the Edo State Government led by the Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki alongside the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, who led over 25 state contingents to the event as they collectively paid homage to the revered Oba.

* The Benin Monarch HRM Oba Ewuare Il and his beautiful wives during the variety show marking part of his coronation anniversary.

The main feature of the night was a dramatic presentation of the legendary Queen Mother, Idia, whose brave exploits in saving the old kingdom are well emblazoned in Benin folklore.

Earlier in the day, Nigerians in attendance were treated to a full dose of royal culinary delight by several tribes drawn from states like Ekiti, Delta, Adamawa, Enugu, Imo, Kaduna and many others in a healthy Food Fair Competition staged to ascertain the tribe that can rival Benin royalty.

* From left : DG NACA,Otunba Segun Runsewe, Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki and other Benin chiefs

As the weeklong fiesta hits a crescendo with many anticipated activities like; Culture quiz competition, royal splendour, traditional wrestling, free skill acquisition, free medical services, royal golf tourney among others.

Nigerians can expect a complete treat of culture and royalty never before experienced in NAFEST.


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