In the past five years, the National Festival of Arts and Culture, has been redefined and refocused as the biggest cultural tourism gathering in Nigeria in particular and Africa in General.
Though, showcasing the diversity of Nigeria’s cultural bank, it has been strategically factored as a meeting ground for industry providers and emerging creative markets in travel technology, insurance, logistics and telecoms.
Added to these markets, are premium job, fertilisers and run the mill recreation services in fast food, finger and street foods, fashion and local fabric designers, wellness and stay fit outfits, travel and leisure operators, hospitality and hotel owners, all with the jobs creation space, contributing to significantly to the tourism economy.
All hotels in Surulere are fully booked ahead of the November event.
Eko NAFEST, according to NCAC economic desk, may create over three thousand jobs in the festival’s downstream sector, with opportunities for hands on jobs, in creative free skills acquisition supported by NCAC, thrilling the biggest celebration of Nigerian culture.
No doubt, Lagos is the epicentre of Nigeria’s economic and entertainment industry and to which Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, will leverage on the hosting of the festival to open up real estate opportunities in lagos, connecting investment possibilities to its five division local markets and communities, taking messages of cultural tourism jobs to Lagosians.
NCAC Director General, Otunba Segun Runsewe, disclosed that Eko NAFEST, is a huge platform to create jobs, provide recreation opportunities and services, and one stop cultural market for startups in technology, travel, leisure and, water and marine tourism.
“I have no doubt from experience that Eko NAFEST, which governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has fully deployed support will break records in adding values to socioeconomic development projects of lagos state government. The state Commissioner for Tourism, Mrs. Uzmat Akinbile Yusuf is with me on this effort, to use this festival to create immediate and future socioeconomic cultural tourism future jobs for youths and women in Lagos.
Eko NAFEST, runs through November 7th and 13th at the National Institute for Sports grounds inside the gigantic Nigeria National Stadium, Surulere, Lagos.