NDDC Pledges Support To Youth Empowerment

NDDC Pledges Support To Youth Empowerment

…As Community kicks off Cultural Celebration at Music Festival

 

Following the significance of observing the Niger Delta rich cultural heritage and promoting sustainable development, the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has made a commitment to empower the youths of the region and to promote sustainable development.

 

The NDDC Managing Director, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, who was represented by the NDDC Director, Corporate Affairs, Mr. Pius Ughakpoteni, spoke on the theme: “Empowering Youth and celebrating culture” during the inaugural ceremony of the Niger Delta Cultural Music Festival, also known as NIDCUM Fest, recently in port harcourt, described the event as a convergence of culture, music and development.

Speaking further, NDDC Boss maintained that NIDCUM Fest was more than just a cultural extravaganza, noting that it was a manifestation of NDDC’s unwavering commitment to the Niger Delta’s future.

 

He stated it clearly that NIDCUM Fest was not merely a celebration but a commitment to ensure that traditional music and art forms were passed down to future generations; while charging elders of the region to share their wisdom and encouraged youths to connect with their cultural roots.

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According to him, “It is a platform where our differences become a source of strength, and our unity is celebrated through the universal language of music.

“We have recognized that empowering our young musicians is not only an investment in their future but also in the future of the Niger Delta.

“This sentiment underpins the festival’s core mission of fostering appreciation and understanding among the region’s diverse population.

Ogbuka acknowledged the economic potential of cultural tourism and committed to boosting local economies by attracting tourists and generating revenue for businesses in the region. He maintained that it wasn’t just about music but also about creating a sustainable source of income for the communities; while tasking the attendees to: “Let the harmonious celebrations begin.”

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“The festival aims to educate attendees about different cultures, broadening horizons, promoting cultural exchange, and fostering appreciation of the region’s diversity. It provides a stage for the region’s untapped artistic talent, offering artists and groups an opportunity to showcase their creativity and potentially turn their dreams into reality“, Ogbuka stated.

 

Responding, the facilitator of NIDCUM Fest, Asu Ekiye, in his welcome address, noted that, “NIDCUM is a platform where we, Niger Deltans, can celebrate our cultural heritage. It is also a crucial step in preserving and embracing the culture that has shaped us into who we are today as a people.”

 

Moreso, the Creative Minds of Bayelsa State, a music and cultural group won the first prize of three million naira, while the Ekemini Theatre Troupe from Akwa Ibom State went home with two million naira for taking the second position. The third prize of one million went to ThankGod Enas Team, a cultural troupe from Delta State.