Edi Okri to organise music, food festival

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Jun 23rd, 2014

The United States-based Nigerian singer, Edi Okri, has revealed plans to organise a music and food festival in December.

Making the announcement recently, Okri, CEO of Afro Eccentric Band, said the festival would erase the negative impression about Nigeria.

“I have been able to speak with Access Bank, the Federal Government and other organisations.  It will be a good branding for Nigeria, if realised. The American embassy knows me as a Nigerian/American with plans to bring in over 200 international artistes from all over the world. With the issue of security being the main aspect of the event, we are also in talks with the Lagos State government about the project. We have also started receiving patronage from other corporate bodies too,” he stated.

Okri, who disclosed that a number of embassies will be involved in the project, further said: “It is like bringing back light to Nigeria because it has been tagged a haven for crimes. So, I feel the only way to change that impression is through music. Again, it is high time we stopped taking our investments outside by investing in what we have here. We have all the natural resources to do that.  So, the festival is like a music Olympic. With our slogan, Eko Oni Baje, we will not allow anybody to come around and destroy what portrays the good image of the state. We are working as a union; so, if you have an idea or a contribution that will make the project a success, it is welcome.”

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