Agwu (Enugu State) Feb. 3, 2018 (TNE) Members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Enugu State on Saturday at the Awgu Local Government Council playground held a cultural carnival as part of their camping activities.
The youth corps members displayed different Nigerian cultures as the audience applauded them. They sang, danced and dressed to portray the various Nigerian cultures.
Platoon 7 emerged the overall best in the performances followed by Platoon 10, while Platoon 9 finished third.
The state Coordinator of NYSC, Alhaji Ahmed Wada Ikaka, said at the event that the carnival is aimed at promoting Nigerian cultures.
“You can see the cultural display coming from different backgrounds including Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Fulani, Ibibio, Ijaw, Ishekiri, and others.
“Cultural carnival has been in the NYSC programme for four years now; with it, we entertain ourselves and revive cultures. It is a unity programme,” he said.
According to the coordinator, many youths are losing grip of their cultures because of western influence.
He said that more than 200 youth corps members serving in the state studied overseas.
“This is an opportunity for them to see their cultures; they even participated with traditional attire.
“It is a cultural re-awakening for the young ones,” the coordinator said.
A Platoon 10 youth corps member, Butu Bumba, said that the programme is worth the while.
“I felt good and honoured when our traditional music was played at the end of the carnival; all of us from the north took the centre stage and danced to our satisfaction,” he said.
Bumba called for sustenance of the programme.