7 Things You Need To Know About The African Drum Festival

Must Read

Troublesome South African Baboon Evicted For Organizing Gang To Raid Homes

Kataza is an urban baboon who was captured and put in a local prison for organizing a band of baboons to join him in raiding 15 homes in Kommetjie, on Cape Town's southern peninsula in South Africa.

A Leading University In China Now Teaches Ethiopia’s Amharic Language As A Full Course

A leading university in China — Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) — has started to offer Ethiopia's widely spoken...

TIME 100: Tony Elumelu, Three Other Nigerians Makes Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People Of 2020

Tony Elumelu, is among four Nigerians named by the Time Magazine International in their 2020 list of 100 most...



If there’s one thing Nigeria is commonly known for the world over, it is our diverse culture; and one of them is the African drum festival, formerly known as the Nigerian drum festival…and just like every other cultural festival, the drum festival encourages Nigerians to explore their heritage and celebrate their cultural diversity by gathering with drummers from every part of the country. Below are 7 things you need to know about the African drum festival.

African drum festival

1. The Maiden Edition was held in 2016

The cultural event which is organised by the ministry of culture and tourism ogun state state debuted last year on tuesday 19th April 2016 at the cultural centre complex, kuto-Abeokuta, this year’s own would kick off on the 20th of april.

see also: 10 Unbelievable and shocking facts about Nigeria today

2. It was formerly known as The Nigeria Drum festival

When it debuted last year, it was known as Nigerian drum festival, but the name was changed to African drum festival during the opening ceremony of the maiden edition, when the representative of the Minister of culture appealed to the Governor to change the name of the festival to African Drum Festival because he saw the importance of the festival beyond Nigeria…

African drum festival

3. It’s mission

The African drum festival (Nigerian drum festival) is aimed at not only promoting the country’s cultural heritage and unity on the African continent, but also promoting inter-African leisure travel and the renaissance of our African cultural milestones in contributing toward civilisation.

Related:   6 Most Extreme Cultural Body Modifications in Africa

African drum festival

It does this by showcasing the display of drums, dances and performances from different parts of Africa as an integral part of rich cultural heritage that must be preserved.

see also: 6 truly amazing facts about moremi statue of liberty (Nigeria’s tallest statue)

4. The world’s tallest drum was unveiled at the maiden edition

The first ever edition of the African drum festival saw the unveiling of what was declared the world’s tallest drum, it stands at 17ft from the ground…

5. Tourist atttaction

Although the first event saw much turn up from both municipal states and beyond, this year’s own themed “reviving our culture in drums” would accommodate more drummers from all over the world than it did last year.

6. Cont’d from 5…

Dignitaries from far are wide are expected to attend this years edition of the festival. This includes but not limited to Cultural troupes from the US, Cuba, Haiti, benin republic, congo brazzaville, zimbabwe and ghana.

7. Reviving our culture in drums

This years theme “Reviving Our Culture in Drums,” have being programmed to reveal the richness and depth of Ogun, Nigeria and by extension, the African culture in general, to the world and it kicked off today the 20th of April.

Related:   Gadawan Kura: The Hyena Handlers of Nigeria In Pictures

The whole festival Would be hosted with about N50 million.



Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

Subscribe to receive email updates

With a subscription profile, you automatically receive updates without having to return to the website and check for changes

Just In

Troublesome South African Baboon Evicted For Organizing Gang To Raid Homes

Kataza is an urban baboon who was captured and put in a local prison for organizing a band of baboons to join him in raiding 15 homes in Kommetjie, on Cape Town's southern peninsula in South Africa.

A Leading University In China Now Teaches Ethiopia’s Amharic Language As A Full Course

A leading university in China — Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) — has started to offer Ethiopia's widely spoken Amharic language as a full...

TIME 100: Tony Elumelu, Three Other Nigerians Makes Time’s list of 100 Most Influential People Of 2020

Tony Elumelu, is among four Nigerians named by the Time Magazine International in their 2020 list of 100 most influential people in the world...

Zambia’s Namwali Serpell Wins UK’s Top Prize For Science Fiction

Zambia's Namwali Serpell has won the UK’s top prize for science fiction, the Arthur C Clarke award, for her first novel "The Old Drift". The...

African Tribe: The Artistic Ndebeles of Southern Africa

The Ndebeles are an African ethnic group living in South Africa and Zimbabwe known for their artistic talent, especially with regard to their painted houses and colorful beadwork. Not much is known about these people except that they originated from the larger Nguni tribes who make up almost two thirds of the black population in South Africa.

More Articles Like This