This year is the appropriate moment to conduct the third Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC), according to Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, Nigeria’s former Minister of External Affairs.
Former Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) director-general Akinyemi made this public on Thursday during an event called “The Second Conversation Series” organized by NIIA and the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, which was held in Lagos, Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the event, which was titled “FESTAC of Sports,” emphasized the historical significance of the first and second festivals.
According to NAN, the inaugural FESTAC was held in Senegal’s capital city of Dakar in 1965 to unite the black community and revive African cultural traditions.
The FESTAC ’77 event, on the other hand, drew 17,000 people from 58 nations.
In Akinyemi’s view, FESTAC’s goal should not be allowed to die, and the inclusion of sports is vital because of its role in developing “soft diplomacy.”
According to the former DG, “We can forget our differences” if we utilize athletics to unite black people throughout the globe.
According to him:
“We are building a new world order because the war between Russia and Ukraine is destroying the old world order. Sports can be one of the instruments we blacks will put on the table for that new order.”
A FESTAC of Sports, he said, was a great idea, and he asked the media to help spread the word about the proposal.
Eghosa Osaghae, the NIIA director-general, said FESTAC had provided a framework for how blacks and Africans might use their expertise, area of strength, and comparative advantage to unite the globe.
This year’s event, Osaghae said, will influence the world positively by bringing people of all races together and promoting sports diplomacy.
“We will continue to have conversations about this, and consequently, the outlines of a global movement created around a festival of arts, culture, and sports will emerge. This will alter the direction of the black race’s history.”