INTRODUCTION: Leaders and other government officials of several African countries have been arriving in Lagos, the Nigerian capital, to take part in the opening ceremony of the World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture - Festac 77.
GV Aircraft taxiing at Lagos Airport, Nigeria.
GV Nigerian Head of State, Olusegun Obasanjo and officials walk across tarmac and greet President Pinto Da Costa of Sao Tome.
GV Guns firing as President and General take salute.
GV Ghanaian participants leaving aircraft.
CU Sign "Welcome to Festac '77"
GV Cameroun participants arriving.
GV Flags of various nationalities, and Festac hall.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Leaders and other government officials of several African countries have been arriving in Lagos, the Nigerian capital, to take part in the opening ceremony of the World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture - Festac 77.
SYNOPSIS: President Pinto Da Costa of Sao Tome was received at the airport by Nigerian head of state, Lieutenant-General Olusegun Obasanjo. King Moshoeshoe of Lesotho, President Felix Houphouet Boigny of Ivory Coast, Sir Dawda Jawara of the Gambia, Omar Bongo of Gabon, Siaka Stevens of Sierra Leone, General Felix Malloum of Chad and President Kenneth Kaunda of Zambia, had already arrived in Lagos. Begin, Ghana, Liberia, Swaziland and Uganda have sent their representatives.
Only Senegal has been boycotting the Festival. The country's President, Leopold Senghor, says that because it has oil Nigeria thought it could impose its will and its views on the whole black world.
The charges have been repudiated by Commander O.P. Fingesi, President of the festival, who said that Nigeria will never use its economic fortune to intimidate any member of the black and African world.
Nigeria's Radio Lagos meanwhile, has criticised the British Museum for refusing to lend a 16th-century African mask for the festival. The museum turned down Nigeria's request for the loan of the mast, from the Benin area, because of its fragile condition, said officials. The festival, the second of its kind, is scheduled to last four weeks. It opened on Saturday (15 January).