INTRODUCTION: A colourful Regatta of traditional boats produced another highlight for visitors to the World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in Lagos, Nigeria, on Tuesday (25 January).
SV PAN: Regatta participants dancing past the Lagos state governor, Captain Lawal, and platform party. (2 shots)
SV PAN FROM: spectators on shore to decorated war boats being paddled along river.
CU ZOOM OUT: boat being paddled by women lying down.
LV ZOOM IN: another boat passing with women beating the water with their oars.
GV: boats passing on river.
CU PAN: boat paddled by women form the Bendel state.
GV: boats moving down river in convey.
LV: spectators on bank.
LV: men paddling canoes and feathering the water with their long oars and drummers seated in stern.
LV ZOOM IN: mock cage floating behind boat - cage containing men, one with model swordfish on his head.
LV AND GV: war boat passing spectators on bank with warriors in boat brandishing swords and firing guns over their heads. (2 shots)
SPORT: YACHT RACING
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A colourful Regatta of traditional boats produced another highlight for visitors to the World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) in Lagos, Nigeria, on Tuesday (25 January).
SYNOPSIS: There were about four thousand five hundred people taking part in the Regatta, and before it began they paraded before the day's chief guest-of-honour, Captain Lawal, the Lagos State Governor.
The Regatta is one of the events organise by the Nigerian authorities in their capacity as host to the Festival.
Although the day was overcast, large crowds turned out on the river banks at Queen's Drive in Ikoyi, a suburb of Lagos, to watch the gaily decorated boats processing up the river. Unlike Regattas in other countries, the ladies took as prominent a part in the proceedings as the men. They certainly had a different approach to seamanship - both unorthodox and stimulating.
Earlier in the week, the Festival had been visited once again by the Nigerian Head of State, Lt-General Olusegun Obasanjo. In a speech to the guests and visitors, he had urged all black people throughout the World to draw inspiration from what their ancestors had left for them. Only by doing that, said General Obasanjo, could they resolve to take a direction towards awareness, progress, peace and unity.
Participants from more than 60 nations are taking part in FESTAC which opened on the fifteenth of January. The fifteen thousand artists, craftsmen and creators taking part represent black communities all over the world. For many of those form America, Britain and the West Indies, this visit to Nigeria brought them face-to-face with their ancient heritage.
The Festival was first conceived at second Congress of Black Writers and Artists in Rome in 1959. It was then the decision was taken to bring together black artists, writers and men of culture. The first small Festival was held in Dakar, capital of Senegal in 1966. Today it is one of the major events on the African calendar.