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Obasanjo to be Crowned Grand Patron of FESTAC ’77

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo – Painted Potrait

By Osa Amadi

Centre for Black African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) has scheduled to crown former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, Grand Patron of FESTAC ’77 on March 3, 2017, in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

Manji Diyal, Corporate Affairs Officer, CBAAC, said the decision to honor Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was taken in recognition of the pivotal role he played in 1977 as the chief host of the unprecedented arts and cultural festival in Nigeria. There will also be a roll-out of 40 African traditional drums on that day in Abeokuta, all as prelude to the 40th anniversary celebration of FESTAC ’77.

The great event will coincide with the 80th birthday of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. It would be recalled that FESTAC ’77 was previously scheduled to hold in 1977 due to change of government through which Providence enthroned Obasanjo to take charge of the affairs of the Nation.

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