Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, will unveil the Ransome-Kuti Family House, as one of the highlights of this year’s African Drum Festival which begins 25 and runs through 27 of this month.
A special tribute will also be paid to late Afro beat musician, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti, with a performance by his son, Seun.
This is even as he said that the annual festival being organized by the state government will boost the economy and revive culture.
The governor made the disclosure during a world press conference held at the MITROS Residences, Ibara, Abeokuta, the state capital to herald the fourth edition of the festival, with the theme: “DRUMming the FUTURE”, yesterday.
While expressing the hope that the festival will be bigger, better and an improvement on the last one, he added that it will also advance the heritage of the state, with intellectual contributions from Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, the cultural consultant for the festival.
Other highlights of the festival, Amosun said are the launching of the Ogun Adire logo, with its trade mark, round table workshop at Olumo Rock and train ride from Iju Isaga in Lagos to Lafenwa in Abeokuta, tagged “Rail, Rhythm and Ride.”
The governor said the festival will hold at it’s permanent venue, the 10,000 capacity amphi theatre, located at the Central Business District, in Abeokuta City Centre, adding that the festival has come to stay, as there will be no reason for successive governments not to continue it.
Chairman, African Drum Festival ’19 and Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga, disclosed that the festival will feature foriegn troupes from United Kingdom, China, Belgium, Haiti, Germany and France among others, as well as African countries and independent performers.