On Sunday, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, received the turban of “Kakakin Kabi” (cultural ambassador and spokesperson of the emirate) by the council of the emirate of Argungu in the ‘State of Kebbi.
Speaking at the ceremony held in his palace, the Emir of Argungu, Alhaji Sama’ila Muhammad Mera, said that the emirate bestowed the title of “Kakakin Kabi” on the minister in appreciation of his efforts to promote the World Heritage Argungu Fishing Festival as well as his unwavering loyalty, courage and strength of character in the performance of his duties to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, both locally and internationally.
“We are grateful to be witnesses to this day and to have the opportunity to perform this last traditional rite of conferring the traditional title of ‘Kakakin Kabi’ on one of the most deserving Nigerians, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Honorable Minister of Information and Culture of the Federal Government, Republic of Nigeria, ”he said.
Speaking at the event, the minister thanked the emirate for appointing him cultural ambassador and described Kebbi state as the citadel of culture and tourism.
He described Kebbi State as a frontline cultural and tourist state in the country, thanks to its many unique cultural festivals which, he said, are also real tourism products.
“Kebbi State is today one of the frontline cultural and tourist states in the whole country. I say this not because I am turbaned as “Kakakin Kabi”, but because of reality. Each of the four Emirates that make up the Kingdom of Kebbi actually has unique and salable tourism products.
“I start with Argungu. The Argungu International Fishing and Culture Festival is known not only in Nigeria but around the world and I am proud to say that it is one of the few to have been inscribed on the Intangible Heritage List of UNESCO, ”said Alhaji Mohammed.
He said that while the Emirate of Gwandu presents the annual cultural festival of Thanksgiving of Hotungu by the Fulani for the safe return of their cattle after the agricultural season, the Emirate Yauri is bragging about the regatta of boats while the emirate of Zuru has the Uhola festival to celebrate a bumper harvest and showcase different agricultural implements and implements.
“As Kebbi’s cultural ambassador, I would do my best to ensure that we develop all of these festivals in such a way that many more are inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. We will also work diligently to ensure that these festivals become a magnet to unite Nigeria, ”he said.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for providing all the support necessary for the development of the creative industry in Nigeria, and called on philanthropists to invest in the promotion of cultural festivals and
Dignitaries on occasion include Kebbi State Governor Chief of Staff Alhaji Suleiman Mohammed, who represented the Governor; Wife of the Minister, Ms. Kudirat Lai Mohammed; management staff of the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture; Director General of the National Balarabe Broadcasting Commission Shehu Illelah; DG of the National Commission for Museums and Monuments Abba Isa Tijani; CEO of the Nigerian Institute of Cultural Orientation Mohammed Ado Yahuza and CEO of the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Nura Kangiwa; Adebayo Thomas, executive director of the National Film and Video Censorship Council, and district leaders of the emirate.