Abuja, Feb. 6, 2018 (TNE) Two photographers, Julius Omogbai and Godswill Ayemoba, are celebrating the beauty of the Abuja carnival from 2007 to 2011, in an exhibition, tagged, `Simply Carnival.’
Abuja Carnival commenced in 2005 to serve as an avenue to showcase the diverse cultural events and practices in the 36 states of Nigeria and Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, in a competitive manner.
Welcoming art enthusiasts to the event at the Thought Pyramid Art Gallery in Abuja on Monday, a co-exhibitor, Omogbai, said the exhibition featuring series of photographs from the carnival, is a way of persuading the Federal Government to see the need for its continuity.
“These works show different faces of the Abuja carnival and we want this exhibition to provoke the authorities to organise another carnival.
“Our problem in this part of the world is continuity and the absence of documented history.
“The purpose of this exhibition is to celebrate culture which is dying due to foreign influence.
“Art needs to be given the right relevance. It is sacrifice to the nation,” he said.
He added that if the carnival is sustained it will enhance the growth of tourism in addition to the celebration of the cultural diversity in the country.
The Special Assistant to the President on Research, Mr. Sylvester Imhanode, and Director of curatorial services of National Gallery of Arts, Mr Ibrahim Adamu, were among the dignitaries at the exhibition.
In his remarks, Imhanode commended the quality of art works on display while urging the exhibitors to do more.
He assured the exhibitors that the Federal Government is willing to work with talented people that abound in the creative industry.
Also, while congratulating the exhibitors, Adamu stressed the need for young people to develop their creative skills to be self-reliant instead of searching for elusive white collar jobs.
He pointed out that the art industry is very lucrative, urging youths to follow worthy examples of the exhibitors.
Abuja Carnival celebrated annually, did not take place in 2017 due to problems of logistics, according to its organisers.