MUSIC Africa Awake in collaboration with the Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture, and Tourism is billed to host the first reggae music festival in Nigeria in Awka, Anambra State. The festival’s driving force is to preach one Nigeria and unity in Africa.
Anambra State Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Indigenous Artworks, Culture, and Tourism, Sally Mbanefo, speaking at the media launch of the event said her ministry had adopted the Music Africa Awake in launching the Nigeria Reggae Festival as part of the state’s home coming festival which features other entertainment and cultural activities to entertain ndi Anambra during the Christmas period.
“Now some people would ask why reggae? It is about preaching love and peace and that is what tourism is all about and that is what Gov. Obiano is known for. He is a peacemaker and unity promoter. He bridges peace among Igbo communities and that’s the biggest ingredient of tourism.”
“We want to use the platform to reach out to our youths because the future of our country is in the youth. We want to imbibe good moral conduct and that’s why reggae is chosen among other concepts…”
Earlier in his opening remarks, Founder, Music Africa Awake, Prince Emeka Ojukwu, stated that the festival is fashioned to use music to preach peace, build bridges of love and unity among Nigerians and Africans in diasporas. “More so, reggae music will be used as a tool to eradicate xenophobic attacks among African people and with symposium and seminar that will be held during the festival, it will also be used to educate our youths on the risks involved in teenage pregnancy, substance abuse, talks on music as a business and how to collect royalties,” he said.
Traditional ruler of Alor, Igwe Mark Anthony Okonkwo, thanked the organiser of the festival for choosing the state to host the festival and as a community leader, promised to take reggae music message of love, peace and unity to the grassroots.