FAMOUS cultural musician and
player of talking drum called
“Gangan”, Aralola Olumuyiwa,
popularly known as “Ara’’ has
expressed her readiness to build
a drum academy meant to groom
talented youths and individuals
across the globe and also to
promote creativity.
Ara told the News Agency
of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos
yesterday that the project
was expected to commence in
January, 2018.
She said that her purpose
of initiating such project was
to expose talented youths in
African drumming and other
cultural heritage for them to be
able to compete with their peers
from outside the country.
The renowned drummer said
that foreigners could learn about
the African culture and style
from the academy.
She said, “It will be an arena
where people from across the
world can acquire knowledge
about the African culture,
tradition and indigenous
training in drumming, dancing,
drum making and other creative
“The academy estimated to
cost N600milion on completion;
will be first of its kind in Africa.
It will be a one-stop cultural
“I am a cultural advocate, I
love my culture and I am proud
of it anytime, anywhere.’’
According to her, culture
is very strategic to human
existence; culture is an identity
that shows the originality of a
She advised Nigerians,
particularly, parents to inculcate
moral and cultural values in
their children.
“It is very important for the
young generation to embrace
and uphold the African culture.
They should not allow it go into
“Parents should stop
imparting western culture into
their wards.
“Rather, they should teach
them to respect, appreciate,
value, embrace and be proud of
their culture anywhere they find
themselves, “she said.
Ara said that the academy
would have an auditorium with
the capacity to accommodate
1,000 guests, a library, a museum,
an aquatic park, an event
centre, classrooms, hostels, and
cafeteria and guests’ chalets.
She appealed to individuals,
corporate organisations,
philanthropists as well as
government officials at federal
and state levels to support the
project in other to reposition
domestic tourism in the country.

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