Former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has punctured some people’s perception that the World Black Festival of Arts and Culture, held in Nigeria in 1977, was fetish. Some people have argued that it was the fetish nature of the festival that brought socio-economic and political problems to Nigeria.
But Obasanjo, who was the military head of state at the time, said this was far from the truth and that the festival was a celebration of the identity of the black race. He said this in Lagos on Monday at the opening of the 40th-anniversary programme of FESTAC, organised by the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation.
At the event where Obasanjo was conferred with the King of Ruby award by CBAAC, he stressed the significance of culture and history to national development.