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African Children Festival Holds Today

Posted: Jun 16, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chinyere Abiaziem  –  Lagos


To mark the International Day of The African Child, a group with name, Event Made Easy in collaboration with Nigerian Shippers Council is holding a festival for African children today at the Indoor Sports Hall of The National Stadium, Surulere.

According to the creative director, Mr. Mensah Paul, the festival which is the fourth edition is an avenue for Nigerian children to benefit incredibly on how to interact, mingle, exchange cultural values and have fun in the true spirit of Africa.

Paul disclosed that the festival is for students between the ages of five years and 18 years from various nursery; primary and secondary schools as they will participate in activities such as pageantry, paintings, drama, art and crafts exhibition, creative essay and poem writing with the school featuring the best king and queen pageants being rewarded as well as the best paintings.

The creative director’s words; “In line with the 2015 approved theme by African Union, “25 Years after the Adoption of the African Children’s Charter: Accelerating our Collective Efforts to End Child Marriage in Africa”, we at African Children Festival in collaboration with Nigerian Shippers’ Council this year are creating history of being the major force to reawaken our lost culture, heritage and values in our future leaders by the celebration of the International Day of the African Child.

“The International Day of the African Child is a day set aside by the African Union to commemorate the 1976 Soweto Protests in South Africa, when thousands of black school children took to the streets under the South African apartheid regime fighting for their rights to be taught in their language.

“To honor the memory of those killed and the courage of all those who marched, the International Day of the African Child has been celebrated on 16 June every year since 1991, when it was first initiated by African Union. This year’s festival will feature lots of Drama; Cultural Dance; King and Queen Pageant; Painting; Art and Crafts Exhibition; Creative Essay/Poem writing; and lots of fun for the children.”