The Ekiti State Cultural Troupe on Monday showcased part of the huge arts and culture potentials in the state as the world celebrated the 2019 International Dance Day.
The event was held at the premises of the government secretariat in Ado Ekiti, the state capital
Speaking as the thrilling event unfolded, the Director General of the Ekiti State Council of Arts and Culture, Mr. Wale Ojo-Lanre, posited that apart from revenue generation, the moral regeneration in culture will reshape the minds of the people and help to reduce crimes in the Nigerian society.
He said Governor Kayode Fayemi was prepared to invest in the cultural and tourism potentials of the state to further make it economically viable and promote cultural values.
He said dancing festival was significant in the lives of the African people, because it adds value to the society by promoting happiness among the populace.
His words: “The significance of dancing in African and global setting can’t be quantified. Dancing has gone beyond mere entertainment to empowerment.
“Many people today earn their living through the monies they make by dancing as professionals.
“To further underscore the importance, dance has become a whole course in the university under Dramatic and Performing Arts, this was apart from bringing happiness and reducing depression”.
He said the state cultural troupe did exceptionally well in the just concluded drum festival held in Abeokuta, saying this had further attested to the fact that Ekiti has joined the league of states that have passion for arts and culture.
“We stunned the event with good performance and with this, we have shown that Ekiti is ready to hit the global map in arts, culture and tourism.
“Under Governor Fayemi, the sector will become a veritable source of income to the state and practitioners.
“We are ready to partner local people, corporate world and academic world to promote culture and tourism, because the benefits therein can’t be quantified “,he said.