Nigeria plans to build a national cultural centre to display the country's cultural heritage, the head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, announced in Ibadan on Monday (20 December).
LV General Gowon arrives by car
GV & SV as General Gowon and wife received by officials
CU & SV performers from the North-Eastern state pass (2 shots)
SV Artists from the Lagos state pass
SV Artists from the East-Central state pass
SCU General and Mrs. Gowon applaud and does hand dance
SCU &LV artists from South-Eastern state performing (3 shots)
SV Artists from the Rivers State dancing(3 shots)
SV Girls from Midwestern State dancing(2 shots)
SV Male dancers from another state
GV & CU Crowd applaud as leader of North-Western State receives Golden Gong from Mrs. Gowon
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Background: Nigeria plans to build a national cultural centre to display the country's cultural heritage, the head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, announced in Ibadan on Monday (20 December). He told the closing session of the All-Nigeria Arts Festival that details of government plans to build the centre would be announced later.
Concerning the festival, General Gowon commended the various cultural displays and said he was deeply moved by the participants' sense of patriotism and pride in their cultural heritage.
Overall winner of the festival was the team from the North-Western State. They received the Golden Gong award for finishing first in four and third in one of the seven scheduled events.
General Gowon was the special guest at the grand finale on Monday, held in Ibadan's Liberty Stadium. A replica of the giant Gold Gong was presented to the leader of the North-Western State team by General Gowon's wife, Mrs. Victoria Gowon.
SYNOPSIS: The officials' motorcade arrives in Ibadan's Liberty Stadium on Monday, carrying the Nigerian head of state, General Yakubu Gowon. With his wife, the Nigerian leader was on hand for the final day of the All-Nigeria Arts Festival.
Teams from twelve states performed in front of the audience, which included members of the National Arts Council and federal commissioners. General Gowon commended the various cultural displays and said he was deeply moved by the participants' sense of patriotism and pride in their cultural heritage. Each of the teams exhibited their respective specialties, which included acrobatics, instrumental music and dance.
At the Grand Finale, General Gowon announced that Nigeria plans to build a National Cultural Centre to display the country's cultural heritage. He said that details of government plans to build the centre would be announced later. cultural exchanges with overseas nations would continue to be promoted, General Gowon said, with a view to fostering and strengthening international friendship.
About one-thousand acrobats, dancers, musicians, craftsman and dramatists participated in the week-long cultural activities at the festival in Ibadan. The event is considered as a preliminary rehearsal for the 1974 Negro Arts Festival in Lagos. General Gowon said that the successful outcome of this festival augured well for the 1974 event in the Nigerian capital.
The overall winner in this year's event was the team from the North-Western State They placed first in four and third in one of the seven scheduled events. Mrs Victoria Gowon presented the team's leader with a replica of the trophy, a Golden Gong, donated by head of state General Gowon.