To mark and celebrate the World’s Day For Cultural Diversity, Dialogue and Development, His Excellency, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu today attended the Kebbi Cultural Day organized by the Hill- Top Creative Arts Foundation in collaboration with Kebbi State Government, themed: ” The Prospects Of Cultural Heritage In Kebbi State In The Promotion Of Sustainable Peace And Development” held at the Presidential Banquet Hall, Birnin-Kebbi.
The Governor who was ably represented by his Deputy, Colonel Sama’ila Yombe Dabai (Rtd.) during his speech emphasized on the need to use cultural diversity as a tool to promote peace and sustainable development in the state while charging everyone to respect each others’ culture and also promote their cultural heritage where ever they find themselves in, as one’s culture is a major identifying factor in a world where western culture is fast taking over.
Highlights of the event included:
Remarks from key speakers and guest of honors:
Dr Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu; Wife of the Executive Governor of Kebbi State, Founder Medicaid Cancer Foundation and Director Union For International Cancer Control (UICC),
Opening Remarks by Chairman of the Occasion, Professor MK Abubakar (Former Minster of Science and Technology),
Discussant by Professor AM Bunza, (Former Dean Faculty of Arts and Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto) and
Keynote Lecture by Keynote Speaker; Hajiya Aisha Augie-Kuta (Founder Center For Arts and Creative Talents) and
Welcome Address by State Coordinator, Jamilu M, Magaji,
Goodwill messages by:
Major General Muhammad Illiyasu Bashar, OFR, Mni; the Emir of Gwandu, Chairman Kebbi State Council of Arts, BM Dzukaji; Founder and National Coordinator, Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation and Alhaji Aliyu Abubakar; Director Culture, Kebbi State
Presentation of awards to awardees:
1.) Award of Excellence on Hajiya Maimuna M. Bala (Former Permanent Secretary),
2.) Award of Excellence on Alhaji Muhammadu Kwaido (Former Accountant General, Kebbi State)
3.) Award of Excellence on Babale Umar Yauri, mni (Secretary to the Kebbi State Government)
4.) Conferment of Women and Children Welfare Ambassador and Investiture on Her Excellency, Dr. Zainab Shinkafi Bagudu, (Wife of the Executive Governor of Kebbi State as Patron of the Foundation) and
5.) Conferment of Peace Ambassador on Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (The Executive Governor of Kebbi State)
Entertainment in form of drama and cultural display by:
I.) Drama on Morals, Norms and Values by mentees of the Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation, Kebbi State Chapter,
2.) Drama on Unity, Peace and Development by Gwandu and Argungu Emirate and
3.) Cultural Display for Tourism Development in Kebbi State by schools from Yauri and Zuru
In attendance also were SSG, Alh. Babale Umar Yauri, Mni (Fagachin Yauri), Sen Yahaya Abdullahi, HOS,Alhaji Tanko Musa, Members of the SEC, Members National and State Assembly, Hon. Speaker Kebbi State House of Assembly, Alh. Samaila Abdulmuminu Kamba, Officials of Hill-Top Creative Arts Foundation, Other Stakeholders, Local Government Chairmen, Head of Federal Establishment Boards,Commissions and Parastatals, Hon. Acting Chief Judge, Grand Khadi, Royal Fathers, the Emir of Gwandu, Argungu, Yauri and Zuru, Politicians, General Public, Invited Guests and Other Dignitaries.
Birnin-Kebbi, Kebbi State
26th June, 2019