Organisers of the 2015 Osun Osogbo Festival, yesterday, said participants from 11 countries would attend the 2015 edition of the festival slated to begin on August 9.
Mr Ayo Olumoko, the Managing Director of INFOGEM Limited, a cultural consulting firm, stated this in Osogbo, the Osun State capital while briefing the press.
Olumoko listed the countries as Trinidad & Tobago, Austria, Philippines, Brazil, France, Cuba, Germany, South Africa, Ghana, Kenya and Uganda, adding that this was an increase from the 8 foreign countries that participated in the festival last year.
“This is due to the mass publicity given to the festival this year. More participants indicated their interests to attend this year’s events because we do not have any reported cases of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) the country faced in 2014,” he said.
Olumoko said that participation by those countries would strengthen their cultural relations with Nigeria.
“It will enable citizens of those countries to know and understand the Nigerian culture,” Olumoko said.
He also added that the festival would bring influx of tourists into the state in particular and Nigeria in general.
According to him, it would boost the commercial activities of the city.
“The festival will increase foreign exchange earnings and increase the state’s revenue base,” he said.
Olumoko, speaking on security arrangement being put in place ahead of the festival, said that the state government and the organising committee had a working relationship to ensure maximum security in the state before, during and after the festival.
“Osun is a peaceful state. The state government is at the fore-front of security matters. The safety of indigenes, visitors and tourists is paramount to the government and the organisers,” he said.


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