The third consecutive edition of the African Drum Festival 2018 comes up live in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital from Thursday, April 19 through Saturday, April 21. Drummers from several states in Nigeria alongside their counterparts from over 24 African countries and the Caribbean will participate in the festival.

The festival conceived by the Ogun State government in 2016 to showcase Africa’s cultural drum maestro is set to become a flagship Cultural tourism event in the continent.

Noble laureate Professor Wole Soyinka, one of the prominent dignitaries to feature at the festival remarked during the festival’s logo unveiling that “Drum is not only for entertainment, it’s also used for cultural and socio-economic promotion. Drums and drumming are important features of the African culture that cuts across all strata of the continent. “There is nowhere that you don’t have one type of drum or the other on the African continent and if we are to revive our ideals and ideas as a continent, we must start with a culture that cuts across, which is drumming.”


Drums have a special historical meaning and place in African history and are synonymous with ceremonies such as births, deaths, marriages and other traditional festivities

Eminent Nigerian traditional rulers will grace the festival and add glamour to the occasion.

The African Drum festival is expected to become a tool for education, socialisation, a    cultural and economic advancement that will project Ogun State into the league of major cultural tourism destination of choice