Lights at the African Drums Festival

There is something about fireworks and drums.

In the ancient city of Abeokuta in Ogun State Nigeria, the African Drums Festival 2017 commenced with 18 big bangs from the tallest drum in Africa and amazing fireworks. It was fireworks, the perfect stage and the drums doing all the talking, singing and dancing.

The festival kicked off with amazing performances by different cultural groups from the six geo-political zones in Nigeria as well as groups from Togo and the republic of Benin. The festival played host to eminent personalities such as the great kings of the Yoruba kingdoms and the Ooni of Ife (because; chairman), the governor of Bayelsa and Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka.

Among the opening performances, famous multi-talented drumstress (pardon the grammar), Ara, displayed her talent by entertaining the crowd with her vast skill in playing different indigenous Yoruba drums including the Iya Ilu and the Gangan. The kegites, Ilya Fatika and Ilya du Olumo, were also at the event facilitating gyrations and turning the place white and green.

In their opening remarks, the kings commented about the dismal state of cultural knowledge present in Africa and they congratulated Governor Amosun for organising such a ground breaking event while also urging aspiring successors to ensure that the event doesn’t live and die in the shadow of memories that would exist after the governor’s exit from office.

I think it would be fun to attend this show (they have amazing shawarma, its among the best).

So the event kicked off with a series of loud bangs and I have never seen a finer display nor have I ever felt more proud to be an African as I have felt from stepping in the venue and writing this.


As they say in Show business “Lights, Camera, Action!”

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