Former President Olusegun Obasanjo

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has urged Africans to be united for global advancement through conscious re-enactment of cultural values and beliefs.

Obasanjo made the call during a visit by the Director-General of the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC), Ms Oluwabunmi Amao, on Monday at his residence in Abeokuta.

This is contained in a statement released by Amao.

The former president who reiterated his support for the commemoration of the 45th anniversary of Festival for Arts and Culture (FESTAC”77), said that the festival was a beautiful one and there is great need for pan-Africanism to be kept alive.

”There is need for Africans to be united for global advancement. This should be the essence of the forthcoming festival, meant to commemorate the 45th anniversary of FESTAC”77.

” For Africa to achieve certain goals, the glory and beauty inherent in their different cultures must be dynamically harnessed and exported to different countries of the world.

” When these cultures are fully recognized overseas, more openings would be paved easily for several other Africans to preach their creativities at a global level,” he said.

Obasanjo recounted with nostalgia the events of FESTAC ’77, 45 years ago as the Head of State to the host country, Nigeria.

He commended CBAAC for doing an excellent work in keeping the spirit of Pan-Africanism alive by revisiting the glorious era of Nigeria epitomized by FESTAC”77.

” We are optimistic of an extensive participation and we believe your involvement would make a huge difference in the eventual execution of the programme,” she said.

Amao presented a cropped life-size image of Chief Obasanjo who was then a Lieutenant General during FESTAC”77 with ten volumes colloquium on “The Arts, Culture and Civilidation of Black and African People” by the CBAAC director-general and the other members of her delegation.(NAN)

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