Kafachan agog as maiden Southern Kaduna festival gets underway

The New year celebration in Kafanchan, the headquarters of Jema’a Local Government Area in Kaduna state was agog as the Southern part of the state holds its maiden festival.

Tagged ‘SKFEST’, the three day festival was held to celebrate Southern Kaduna’s rich cultural heritage.

The festival will featured cultural display, archery, football tournament, marathon race, fashion show, beauty pageant.

Other activities included; traditional wrestling, musical concert as well as awards to prominent Southern Kaduna sons and daughters.

Declaring the festival open, the deputy gov. Dr Hadiza Balarabe, stated that the event was an opportunity for the people of Southern Kaduna to tell their story.

“The festival is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the rich cultural heritage of Southern Kaduna and promote inter cultural exchange among the people of the area.

“In a world that often emphasizes our difference, events such as this provides us with an invaluable opportunity to recognise and celebrate our shared humanity.

Represented by Mrs Phoebe Yayi, Commissioner and Administrator of Kafanchan Municipal Authority, Balarabe called on the people of the area to embrace the spirit of unity and respect one another.

“Let us recognise that diversity is not a challenge but strength; a source of enrichment that has the power to propel us towards a brighter future,” she said

The deputy governor expressed confidence that the festival will serve as a catalyst for economic growth in the state.

“I am confident that the festival will not only provide three days of fun but will serve as a catalyst for economic growth in the state.

“The tourism potential of Southern Kaduna is vast and events like this help to showcase our endowernment to the outside world,” she added

Earlier, Mr Ishaya Akau, chairman of Southern Kaduna Leadership Council, said the festival was a big step towards uniting the people of Southern Kaduna.

“The purpose of this festival is to bring together our diverse communities and celebrate our shared history and values.

“It is an opportunity to rediscover our roots and forge stronger bonds amongst ourselves irrespective of religion, ethnicity and social background,” he added

Akau noted that the event was a platform to showcase the vast opportunities Southern Kaduna has to offer.

“The festival goes beyond mere display of cultural extravaganza.

“It is a platform to draw the attention of investors and companies as we showcase the vast opportunities our region has to offer,” he stated

He called on prominent sons and daughters of the area to complement government’s efforts by investing in the development of Southern Kaduna.