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Black American mayors for Badagry Festival

14 August 2012, 07:37

Badagry - Some U.S. black mayors are expected to grace this year’s Badagry Festival commencing on Friday, the organisers said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

Mr Babatunde Olaide-Mesiwaku, the President of African Renaissance Foundation (AREFO), told NAN on Tuesday that five black American mayors were billed to attend the cultural festival holding between 17 August and 25 August in Badagry.

NAN reports that the theme of this year’s festival is “Reconnecting with the Root.”

Olaide-Mesiwaku said that the mayors were not only coming for the festival but also to appreciate Nigeria’s rich culture in its entirety.

“Apart from reconnecting with their root, the mayors would be coming to witness first-hand, the rich potential of Badagry tourism,” said the AREFO president.

He said that the mayors would be led to the event by Dr Wanle Akinboboye, an Ambassador of African tourism.

According to him, Mr Gary Ruster, the President of American Mayor Executives, will be honoured with a chieftaincy title by the Akran of Badagry, Aholu Menu Toyi 1, during the festival.

Among the events lined up for the festival were masquerade performances, water sports, Gbenopo Royal Carnival, art exhibition and drama presentation on slavery experience.

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