Ekiti state on Saturday emerged winner of the 34th edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST), held in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state.
This was announced during the closing ceremony at the Ekiti Parapo Pavilion Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti state.
The theme for the festival was “Celebrating, National Unity in Diversity” as over 30 states of the federation featured during the event.
The 34th NAFEST, hosted by Ekiti state, commenced November 14 and was declared closed by the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
Ekiti state has bagged the first position, Rivers second, Bayelsa and Benue states joint third position, Delta and Nasarawa states came fourth while Ogun and Lagos states got the fifth position.
Rivers state, the treasure base of the nation, specifically won big as the state won the best costumed state, state with the largest contingents for 34th NAFEST and best in synergy and teamwork.
And for the competitive events, Rivers state got first position in traditional cuisine competition, Children essay writing, children’s arts and crafts, children’s tales by moonlight and Nigeria fabric and interior decorations competitions.
Rivers state got second position in archery and children drama competitions, third position in traditional board game, indigenous fabric and fashion competitions.
Rivers state remained unmatched by all other states present.
Hon. Tonye Briggs-Oniyide, Rivers state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, excited over the state’s victory, said that this would spur the state to do more in promoting nation’s culture.
Briggs-Oniyide expressed excitement that though the state got overall best position, the first position was keenly contested for.
She said this had come as a challenge for the state to perform better in the next edition of the festival, adding that Rivers state is capable of uniting the nation.
“Am excited, we have gotten it back to back, this shows that the first position was keenly contested for and we were nearly there.
“This comes as a challenge for us to be better in the next edition,” she said.
Rivers, Imo and Kogi states got best costumed state, Bayelsa and Rivers states, the largest contingents for 34th NAFEST, while Sokoto, Yobe and Taraba states emerged the best behaved and disciplined states.
For the most improved state, Jigawa and Gombe states won; Ondo, Nasarawa and Kano states won the most creative and innovative state in design packaging and presentation while Borno, Kaduna and Benue states won most consistent states.
Osun, Niger and Zamfara states got the best entrepreneur state; Bauchi, Plateau and Abia states won the best in digital marketing of Arts while Lagos, Rivers, Ogun states and the Federal Capital Territory got the best in synergy and teamwork.
For the competitive events in Traditional cuisine competition, FCT and Imo ot 5th position, Bayelsa state came fouth, Ekiti and Delta states won third position, Nasarawa state took second while Rivers state emerged first.
For Children essay writing, Lagos state bagged 5th position, Nasarawa state came 4th, Gombe state got third position, Benue state had second position while Ekiti state and Rivers State emerged first.
In children’s arts and crafts competition, FCT got 5th position, Benue state won fourth, Ogun state had third position, Lagos State took second position while Ekiti state emerged first.
For archery competition, Kaduna state got fourth position, Rivers, third, Borno state, second while Ekiti and Nasarawa states ere joint winners.
Children Drama competition – 5th- Bayelsa, 4th- Delta state, 3rd- Rivers and Ondo state, 2nd- Ekiti state, 1st- Benue and Ogun states.
Children tales by moonlight and comedy competition, 5th- Delta, 4th- Lagos State, 3rd- Benue state, 2nd- Bayelsa state, 1st- Ekiti and Rivers states.
Traditional board game competition – 4th- Nasarawa state, 3rd- Rivers state, 2nd- Ekiti and Lagos states, 1st- Bayelsa state.
Indigenous fabric and fashion competition – 5th- FCT, 4th- Delta state, 3rd- Ekiti state, 2nd- Bayelsa state, 1st- Rivers state.
Nigeria fabric for interior decoration- 5th- Niger state, 4th- Delta state, 3rd- FCT, 2nd- Bayelsa state, 1st- Ekiti state.