5 December 2018

Nigeria: Tourism - Nigeria Compiles List of Festivals Nationwide

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said his ministry will soon produce a compendium of festivals across the country as part of efforts to boost tourism and showcase the country's diverse cultures.

The minister, according to a statement by his ministry, disclosed this in Istanbul, Turkey, on Monday at the 3rd UNWTO/UNESCO World Conference on Tourism and Culture, jointly organized by the two UN agencies.

He said with more than 365 festivals across Nigeria, the country can organize one festival per day all year round, thus boosting domestic and international tourism.

Mohammed said Nigeria's ethnic groups are rooted in their cultures, which they showcase through different festivals like Durbar, New Yam Festival, Eyo and Masquerades, just to mention a few.

He said the Abuja Carnival is particularly designed to enable the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory to showcase the country's cultural diversity which he described as a source of unity among the country's more than 250 ethnic groups.

More than 30 tourism ministers from around the world are attending the three-day conference.


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