Diplomatic Journeys

FESTAC’77 had to overcome conflicting ideological and political differences – not least of which was the role of the Nigerian military government in the event.


Cultural emissaries

As such FESTAC’ 77 employed a vigorous diplomatic offensive to the black world – enlisting key Nigerian artists and cultural practitioners who were dispatched as cultural emissaries.

These included Wole Soyinka, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Carlos Moore and Cyprian Ekwensi, amongst many others.

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