Drumming as an art form is found to be a unifying tool that cut across different nationalities, yet has the semblance of a deified being. In Africa, drums are very important in people’s daily life.
They are used in different ways; drums are used for sending messages to people even in distant places and more; Hence our support for the African Drum Festival which is hinged on promoting our culture and values.
The “2019 African Drum Festival was a very colourful event, geared towards promoting “Advancement”.
The theme for this year’s festival is Drumming for Advancement” with the sub-theme “Drumming for Socio-Economic Development”.
The 3rd edition of the Drums Festival saw No fewer than 15 African countries—including Cameroon, Ghana, Republic of Benin, Congo Brazzaville, South Africa, Burkina Faso, Zimbabwe, Togo, Côte D’Ivoire—as well as over 80 troupes were in attendance.
We were glad to have sponsored such a historical event as we set out to make sure that every one that came to the event as an MTN customer was upgraded to the 4G network to enable them to experience super speed network at the event.
The audience was thrilled as Kwara, Enugu and Ogun won 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions respectively in the state category of the drumming competition held at the event. The troupes went home with N2m; N1m and N500, 000 respectively.
In addition, there were private troupes’ category, the foreign troupes’ category where Congo Brazzaville won the first prize of $5,000, the best African Drummer Individual Category won by Sylvanus Kuwor of Ghana ($3,000); Individual Performance Female Category won by Ayanyinka Olowogangan (N1m) while the Individual Performance Male category was won by Lewis Ndlovu from Zimbabwe ($1,000).
Winners on the Special Recognition Category included Anthony Odili, Pa. Adewole Oniluola, Ogun State Cultural Troupe among others who won N500, 000 cash prizes with plaques, and the Best Nigerian Upcoming Performing Troupe category with Ijo Easy troupe coming first.
We look forward to the 4th Edition of the Festival until then feed your eyes on the pictures from the event.