#Ukap’Isua: Victor Antai Speaks On The Choice Of Non-Indigenous Artists
By Umoh-Obong Kingsley
The Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in Akwa Ibom State, Rt. Hon. Victor Antai, has unfolded the various programmes for the much anticipated end of the year celebration in the state tagged ‘Ukap’isua’.
Fielding questions from journalist during an exclusive interview on Akwa Ibom Broadcasting Corporation (AKBC), on why the event seeks to parade artists outside Akwa Ibom, he said it is about marketing the state to the world using the best available materials.
Hon. Antai stated that in line with the trend of the season, #Ukapisua is primarily designed to create more entertainment, recreation and to also serve as a platform to market the huge tourism potentials and investment opportunities in Akwa Ibom State.
He said, for someone to market his/her product, he/she has to use the best available materials. “It doesn’t mean that no Akwa Ibom artiste is good enough to be used. There are certain indices that we use in making whatever choice that we want to make.
“We have to look for veritable and marketable personnel, and Akwa Ibom went for the best in Nigeria. We are using the best materials to market Akwa Ibom to the world. Five of the top ten artistes in Nigeria are billed to perform during the Ukap’isua celebration.”
Taking instance from the Orange September event, Hon. Antai noted that the best cultural troops in the state were paraded, to draw the kind of traffic a sponsor would might look after.
He said that being that it is laying a foundation for event, of such, the best troops, personnel and materials that would attract sponsors and investors into the state. “We are trying to lay a solid foundation for Akwa Ibom to thrive, where investors and sponsors can come in, and then we grow from there.”
Asked if the deployment of non-indigenous artists is in line with the Dakkada philosophy of Governor Udom Emmanuel, the Culture and Tourism Commissioner stressed that jobs are created for those making the costumes, welding works and creative industry who are all indigenous.
According to him, the majority of them are from the University of Uyo, even the trucks are constructed by indigenes of the state from the design stage to the finishing, and all the materials for the constructions and designs are bought in the state.
The event is billed for 26 December, 2017 with Street Groove and Mega Beach Fiesta. The Street Grove brings together 5 A-List Nigerian artists performing on 5 mobile trucks with five bands along major streets in Uyo metropolis, while Mega beach fiesta will also feature 2 A-list Nigerian artists, beach soccer, beach wrestling, beach volleyball, beach football and lots more at the longest sandy beach in west Africa located at Ibeno, Akwa Ibom State, on 27th.