Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo

The Alake of Egba, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo III , has said that it was important for Nigerians to embrace their various cultures and traditions.

He spoke during the command performance of Senior Boyz Productions Limited held at the National Theatre in Iganmu, Lagos, late on Thursday.

The performance was part of the preparations by the group ahead of the Nigerian Cultural Festival holding in Denmark, France and Ireland later this year.

The Alake represented by Chief Akinwale Lanre Ilagbe said, “A knowledge of cultural values will help reduce insecurity to a large extent in the country.

“Our youths should be ready to embrace our culture and wear it like their outfits.”

Also, the convener of the group and organiser of the festival, Olugbenga Ogunniyi, said that the festival would be geared toward the promotion of the African cultural values.

He said that it would also enhance the creation of employment opportunities for many people.

He said that the festival being organised by a group called: Senior Boyz Productions Limited would hold Denmark, France and Ireland later in the year.

He added that the festival would be co-sponsored by the group and the African Chamber of Commerce Scandinavia (ACCS) based in Copenhagen, Denmark.

He said, “We are not just going to overseas to dance, we are also going to share business ideas and tourism opportunities that exist in our country, Nigeria.

“We are taking the festival to Denmark, Ireland and France because Nigeria has bilateral agreements with those countries.

“From this, investors will be encouraged to seek opportunities that abound in Nigeria,” he said.

Senior Boyz Productions Limited was established solely for the promotion of African cultural heritage.

Another of its objectives is to contribute to the socioeconomic development and global peace of the country.

The forthcoming festival would include carnivals showcasing the diverse cultures in the country, an economic conference with institutional investors and an award and gala night.

Ambassadorial investitures were given to dignitaries who included Nollywood actor, Saheed Balogun.

Over 230 performing artistes, cultural groups and art exhibitors would be expected to showcase their skills and perform during the festival.