The 1972 All-Nigeria Festival of the Arts was climaxed in a special Grand Finale programme at the Bello Sports Stadium in Kaduna last weekend (16 Dec).
The 1972 All-Nigeria Festival of the Arts was climaxed in a special Grand Finale programme at the Bello Sports Stadium in Kaduna last weekend (16 Dec). It was attended by Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon.
The one-week festival featured traditional dancing, choral sections, traditional instrumental music, arts and craft, and English drama. Entries from the 12 Nigerian states took part, and competed for individual titles. The state with maximum points from all sections of the festival is adjudged overall winner, and its representatives presented with the Gowon Golden Gong. The second winner of this coveted trophy was announced as the South-Eastern State which had been placed first in the drama, arts and crafts sections, and second in traditional dancing.
SYNOPSIS: The Bello Sports Stadium in Kaduna, Nigeria, where a large crowd of spectators awaited the arrival of Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, a week ago and the Grand Finale ceremony of the 1972 All -Nigeria Festival of the Arts.
General Gowon was welcomed by festival officials and national and civic dignitaries.
The All-Nigeria Festival of the Arts, which is now an annual event...and has been described by Chief Anthony Enahoro as another milestone in Nigeria's cultural reconstruction...comprises traditional dancing, choral and instrumental music sections, as well as arts and crafts and English drama. The Nigerian state adjudged overall winner of the festival is presented with this coveted trophy...the Gowon Golden Gong. All 12 states send teams of competitors.
The festival lasts for a week and attracts large crowds and much publicity. These traditional dancers paraded before the official stand. This year the South-Eastern state won the Gowon Golden Gong with wins in the drama and arts and crafts sections, and second-placing in the traditional dances.