The new Federal Military Government of Nigeria has postponed has second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture which was scheduled to be held in Lagos, in November and December this year.
The new Federal Military Government of Nigeria has postponed has second World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture which was scheduled to be held in Lagos, in November and December this year. The postponement came at a time when special township, which was being built to house the Festival, was only partially completed.
On Friday (22 August) the Federal Commissioner for Housing, Dr. R.A. Adeleye, visited the site of the township to see for himself what stage the Construction work had reached. He found that a good number of buildings had been completed, while other were nearing completion. The site engineers assumed him that the township would be ready on time.
The postponement of the Festival is part of the new Government's campaign to fight inflation, and to back up its claims that the previous administration of Central Yakubu Gowon was guilty of lavish and unnecessary expenditure. In accordance with orders from the new Government, former Ministers are having to declare their assets.
One of the first to do so was Chief Anthony Enahoro, the former Commissioner for special Duties. He had been the minister responsible for the Black Arts Festival.
It had been expected that 25,000 artists would have participated in the Festival. They would have come from about 90 countries situated - not only in Africa - but also in America, the Caribbean, Australia, Asia, and Europe.
The organisers had anticipated that the Festival would have attracted about a hundred thousand visitors, with twenty-five thousand expected from the United States alone.