By; PETER NOSAKHARE, Kaduna
Bayelsa State, one of the participating states at the ongoing 30th National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), holding in Kaduna has described the event as an avenue for showcasing the diverse cultures that make the nation unique amongst the comity of nations.
In what it describes as “Harnessing Today as Tomorrow’s Heritage”, the state’s Culture and Ijaw National Affairs Commissioner, Mr. Dressy Dressman Austin said the state’s cultural heritage is founded on the basis of their lifestyle which is mainly fishing, oil palm milling, carving and weaving.
According to him,” our social way of life is epitomised in our conscious efforts, supernatural influence, dance and in our folklore”.
He said the Izon nation comprises, Nembe, Epie-Atissa, Igbia, Kula, Buseni, Obolo, Bomo and Tarakiri.
The commissioner enjoined participating states to embrace peace and promote unity of the nation, which the festival stands to encourage.
“Nigeria as a nation should encourage unity which is embedded in our diversity”, he advised.