NAFEST 2018: Artists Hail Rivers, Decry Low Patronage


A cross section of participants at the recently concluded National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST 2018) which held in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, have commended the Rivers State Government for providing the enabling environment for them to showcase their trade but complained of low patronage for their products.
Speaking with The Tide in Port Harcourt, the participants hailed the facilities provided by the state and the general atmosphere of peace and security that prevailed in the entire duration of the festival but regretted that they did not reap maximum benefit from the outing because of certain arrangements that did not make it easy for them to get expected patronage.
Mr Martins Onwueme, an artist with the Delta State Council for Arts and Culture told The Tide that “the hosting here in Rivers State is one of the best”, adding that “I will like to commend the Rivers State Government for the facilities offered”.
Mr Onwueme particularly expressed satisfaction with the spacious arena given to them to exhibit their wares but regretted that human traffic to the stands was very poor.
He blamed the decentralisation of activities and inadequate publicity for the festival for the poor attendance to the event and advised the organisers to create enough awareness and sensitisation for the annual fiesta in order to achieve the desired goals.
Also responding, Mrs Kadijat Amin from Abuja said “so far, so good. It’s okay but the programme is not well organised because artists were divided into three different locations for the event”, while Mr Jeremiah Mathew from Kaduna State said “today being the exhibition day, the event is supposed to be held at a place but it is divided”.