The Ogun State Drum Festival that began yesterday and will end on April 22nd has become so popular, no fewer than 60 countries including 10 African countries and 19 states across Nigeria have signified their intention to participate in the first Nigerian drum festival organized by the Ogun State Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
The state Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo stated this on Monday in Abeokuta during a press conference to herald the festival.
Senator Ibikunle Amosun will unveil the world’s tallest traditional drum made in the state. According to him, the world’s tallest drum which was made by an indigene of the state and is 16 feet high was in correlation with Yoruba history.
Such countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany ,China and France have confirmed their participation through their ambassadors.
The state Commissioner also added that 10 African countries would participate in the festival which has been endorsed by Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, the Federal Ministry of arts and Culture, and the National Center for Arts.
He also said prominent Nigerian female talking drummers such as Aralola Olumuyiwa popularly known as Ara, Aanu, Olo and Adunni would make special appearances at the festival.