The 2nd Edition of the Nigeria Children Arts and Cultural Festival (NACAF) was held on Children’s Day May 29th 2023.
The event took place at Ikorodu Musical Village along Oke Ota-Ona Road, with students from schools across Lagos State gracing the auspicious occasion.
Despite the windy and rainy day, the venue was packed to its brim with students representing their academy with varieties of unique attire.
The event was organised by Lagos’s foremost Art collection centre, Oshodi Arts Gallery (based in Ikorodu).
Television Drama/comedy legend, Abiodun Ayoyinka aka Papa Ajasco took students by surprise, making his presence felt to commemorate the children.
Executive Chairman of Ijede LCDA, Hon. Motunrayo Gbadebo-Alogba, Represented by the Vice-Chairman, Hon. Femi Kareem guided the students on effective ways to use social media, while the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba was also present to engage the pupils on Law and Order.
The program also featured top-ranking representatives from the National Agency For Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Nigerian Fire Service, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Legion, taking turns to orientate students on topics like; Child Abuse, Child Security Tips, Domestic Fire Emergency Response, Avoiding Peer Pressures and more.
Addressing guests and schools to the occasion, Dr Oshodi Seyi Paul, CEO of Oshodi Arts Gallery, underscored the essence of the Nigeria Children and Arts Cultural Festival (NACAF), as an event, positioned to celebrate students across Lagos State and Nigeria in general.
In 2022, the 1st edition was a 2-day event, held at the Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH) in Ikorodu, but according to Dr Oshodi Paul, the 2nd edition was shifted to Ikorodu Musical Village for a one-day spectacle, due to its growing popularity and volume of participating schools.
He explained further, “We have discovered that children crave to celebrate their intellectual growth, capacity and creativity, that’s why NACAF is digging into their numerous gifts to applaud them annually”.
“Children are the pride of every Nation, and NACAF, to uncover the hidden potentials of our future leaders is poised to unveil the skillset and proficiency of our children, through Arts and Creativity”.
“Despite the cold weather and heavy downpour, our schools did not flinch to come out for this celebration, that is why I want to sincerely thank all school students and administrators in attendance today, for making this second edition a successful one” Dr Oshodi asserted.
Cultural dance and contemporary demonstration were on full display, showcased at the event, culminating with special games which attracted cash gifts to the learners.
The high point of the event was a special Match parade as schools exemplified their banners and saluted dignitaries.
In all, Over 33 schools attended the memorable event, which was well received by parents who were also in attendance.
Schools include; Comfortville School, Diagold School, Netta first school, Shallenville School, Vast treasure school, Samflo School, Chris will school, Majority choice school, Lograc School, Laplu belle seed school, Standard Foundation, Decent comprehensive school, Top Success, K success, White hall school, and Saphir private school.
Also; Crown best school, Raodah School, Uncle bayus school, The great path school, Silver ray school, Matpav shinning school, Ever great school, Debarms School, Leading child school, Unique Prella, Crown success school, Great square school, Divine gold school, Fransreb school, Dolafied school and Mercylad school, all attended the program.
A certificate of Participation was subsequently presented to all institutes in attendance.