The Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, on Saturday (4 January) strongly defended the work and money being spent on the forthcoming World Black and African Festival off Arts - and on Nigerian arts and culture in general.
GV AND LV National Stadium and sign
GV Gowon out of can and greets officials (2 shots)
GV Parade by different tribes (2 shots)
GV Crowd watching as East Central State group marches and dances past (2 shots)
SV Gowon and wife watching as parade continues (2 shots)
GV Puppet execution display
GV Gowon speaking
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: "Your excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen... we have come to the end of a worthwhile exercise and we are confident of a brilliant success at the end. Well done to you all and thank you very much ... and God bless you. And to the participants, I hope you will have a good rest ... after a fortnight of dancing, singing ... sitting on your bottoms ... and the like. God bless you all. Thank you very much. See you all again in November-December, 1975. God bless you all. Thank you."
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Background: The Nigerian Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, on Saturday (4 January) strongly defended the work and money being spent on the forthcoming World Black and African Festival off Arts - and on Nigerian arts and culture in general. The General was speaking at the finale of the Nigerian Festival of Arts and Culture, which began at the National Stadium, Lagos, on 28 December.
General Gowon said although different parts of the country exhibited their own unique dances and artwork, there were ingredients common to all. And these were the basis of the Nigerian national identity.
The Festival of Arts and Culture included examples of Nigerian craft, drama, dancing and films.
The world festival will be held in Lagos in November. Already a town to house the festival participants is springing up on the outskirts of the city. The new town, with its 11,000 housing units, should be completed two months before the world-wide festival is due to start.