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    Igogo festival to attract 500,000 tourists to Ondo – Monarch

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    The Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye, on Thursday, said the annual traditional festival of the town known as Igogo Festival would attract no less than 500,000 foreign and local tourists to Ondo State every year.

    The first-class monarch noted that 500,000 tourists coming down to witness the annual festival would be of immense economic benefits to the ancient city and the state in general.

    Oba Ogunoye stated this during a press conference on the 2023 Igogo Festival at his palace in Owo, Owo Local Government Area of the state.

    The monarch, who mentioned that his reign had introduced some innovative measures to the annual Igogo Festival to attract tourists, expressed optimism that the festival would open wealth creation avenues, upscale the small-scale businesses of cloth weaving and artistries and promote general uplift of the socio-economic development of Owo.

    He said, “As you are aware, Igogo Festival is the most celebrated in Owo Kingdom. Annually, its celebration comes with pumps and pageantry. Through the festival, we want to see this ancient town transformed into a hive of colourful activities that will attract tourists and bring economic fortunes to our domain.

    “Our goal is to galvanise the festival to produce an economic impact of one billion dollars yearly. We are very serious about its effect and target. Talks are on with our diaspora sons and daughters to explore the low-hanging commercial fruit and advantages which the festival portends for the economic boom of our people.

    “Under my watch, the Igogo Festival is to witness a rebirth in content and package to attract over 500,000 people yearly at its peak.

    “It is my desire to give the Igogo Festival a 21st-century outlook by making its processes and activities richer. To this end, some complimentary events will be added to the 2024 Igogo Festival celebrations as they will be unveiled today.”

    The Olowo explained that the Igogo Featival would from 2024 be embellished with Oroshen Beauty Pageant Competition where a queen would emerge and be given a handsome prize after a parade of beauties showcasing Owo food, clothes, hairdo and dancing steps.

    According to him, the Igogo Festival Market had been added to the festival in the form of a trade fair. He explained that the market would afford individuals to exhibit assorted goods and services of the ancient town.

    Oba Ogunoye also hinted that he had introduced Owaloko into the annual festival whereby the Olowo would be seated in his full royalty and splendour to relate with his subjects, visitors, tourists and well-wishers in an open place and the occasion would afford the monarch the opportunity to bless the people of Owo and thank all for participating in the festival.

    He enjoined tourists from all over the world to feel free and enjoy the hospitality of the Owo people during the 17-day festival, which he described as the largest and oldest cultural festival in the history of Sub-Sahara Africa.

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    Nollywood Travel Film Festival | Beckma (2022)

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    The second day of the Dutch edition of the Nollywood Travel Film Festival, will close with the Dutch premiere of Beckma (2022). The director of the film, Best Okoduwa, will be present for an introduction and Q&A.Surviving a tough childhood, young women Beckma becomes a vigilante, fighting to protect abused women. Beckma’s life and that of everyone she loves takes a drastic turn when the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) sends her to a village in Western Nigeria where the culture and tradition unapologetically trample on the rights of women, endangering the potentials and future of young

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    The young woman Beckma survives a difficult childhood and becomes a vigilante who fights to protect abused women. Beckma’s life and the lives of everyone she loves takes a drastic turn when the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) sends her to a village in western Nigeria where culture and tradition trample on women’s rights, leaving the potential and the future of young girls are at risk. In 2022, Beckma marked Nigeria’s first superhero film with a focus on original Nigerian stories and pressing social issues such as (sexual) violence against women and children.
    The Nollywood Travel Film Festival

    The Nollywood Travel Film Festival (NTFF) is a traveling film festival aimed at promoting films by Nigerians around the world. Over the past seven years, the NTFF has been held in cities such as Toronto, Atlanta, Hamburg, Athens, London, Berlin, Glasgow, Helsinki, Oslo and Dublin. The Nollywood Travel Film Festival will take place in Amsterdam from October 5-7, with Melkweg Cinema as its main base. Over the three days, the festival will screen five feature films and ten short films made by Nollywood, Nigeria’s booming film industry.
    Africadelic

    Africadelic is an annual festival in Amsterdam celebrating African cultural creativity, diversity and activism. Every year in May, on and around International Africa Day, Africadelic offers a week full of concerts, films and talks. The festival is an ode to the African continent and its global diaspora, showcasing the wealth and impact that Afrodescendants have on global culture and society. In addition, Africadelic (co-)organizes various events throughout the year, including the Dutch edition of the Nollywood Travel Film Festival from October 5-7, 2023.

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    Akada Children’s Book Festival To Highlight African Stories And Authors At Fifth Edition

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    The maiden edition was held in 2019. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the second and third editions of the festival (2020 and 2021), were held online with participants from across Nigeria and from over 23 countries around the world. The 2022 edition of the ACBF was an in-person event and so is the festival this year. The theme for this year’s festival is THROUGH THE PAGES.

    The 2023 ACBF will feature author-led book readings; story time sessions; book chats; a book exhibition; professional workshops for children’s book writers; illustrators & publishers; mini workshops for children; insightful sessions for parents and teachers; music; drama and much more. The ACBF encourages the culture of reading for pleasure from an early age and improves access to age-appropriate, non-academic books.

    The festival provides a platform for literary professionals such as writers, illustrators and publishers of children’s books to showcase their work and helps book lovers, child development enthusiasts and literary creatives to connect with like minds. The ACBF excels at hosting engaging activities in which families can participate together, as well as providing an avenue for parents, children and teachers to discover new books.

    The 2023 edition is taking place on Saturday September 23, 2023 at Starfield Montessori School, Lekki and is supported by IweMi.org; PepsiCo; CoolFM; Leadway Assurance; STEM-METS; The Learning Place; Parkview International Kindergarten School and the Nuturing Tree Nursery School.

    The books to be featured this year range from children’s picture books for toddlers like On The Water by Olubunmi Aboderin Talabi; to chapter books for teens like Mma Powered by Chinyere Ifediora. The event has strong support and active participation from students and teachers of schools across the state. The festival, organised by IweMi (formerly Clever Clogs Books), has put together free writing workshops, book readings, book donation drives and read aloud sessions at schools, book clubs and book stores in various states across Nigeria.

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    Cocktail & Grills Festival Unveiled to Boost Tourism in Akwa Ibom

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    Ibom Tourism Nigeria Ltd is set to hold Cocktail and Grill Festival on November 19, 2023 to mark Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom state, as a leading brand in tourism promotion,

    According to a statement issued by the project team lead, Allen Effeh at a press conference in Uyo at the weekend, the objective of the festival, which is slated for Kings & Queens, Ewet Housing Estate, is to bring the entire city together for a fantastic experience filled with mouthwatering food, refreshing drinks, captivating music, lasting friendships, and loads of fun and camaraderie.

    “The Cocktail and Grill Festival promises to be the ultimate gathering of food-tertainment enthusiasts in Nigeria, featuring a vibrant celebration of street food culture in Nigeria’s emerging and exciting city, Uyo,” he said.

    The agency said it intends to turn the spotlight on the art of crafting cocktails, as the festival also aims at encouraging healthy drinking habits.

    “We’ll also shine the light on the incredible grills created from local recipes, which Uyo is known for, while honouring the individuals and brands who passionately contribute to this craft and hospitality.

    Effeh, whose organization, Ibom Tourism Ltd. has dedicated over a decade into the promotion of destination Akwa Ibom, said there is no better time to further promote tourism in Akwa Ibom State than now, considering the ARISE Agenda manifesto of the current governor, Pastor Umo Eno, which has given priority to the tourism sector and also backed words with action.

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