The advice was given by resource persons at the 2018 Crater Literary Festival held at Sam Nwaneri Event Center, FRCN, Enugu.
One of them and Zonal Director of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) Enugu National Station, Mr. Ike Okere, who presented poetry recitations, entitled “The Incantation” and “The Battle of the Bees,” highlighted some achievements of the Enugu Literary Society, but called for more support from lovers of arts to enable the young to thrive.
The Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors, Enugu State Branch, Comrade Zulu Ofoelue, and the Art Director, Life in My City Art Festival, Dr. Ayo Adewunmi, frowned at the get rich quick mentality among young people and advised them to invest more time to develop their talents.
In an address, the Festival Manager, Crater Literary Festival Enugu, Adachukwu Onwudiwe said the aim of the festival was to promote creative art and discuss issues concerning creativity.
The Festival Manager identified lack of funding as a major challenge hindering creativity and called for partnership to enable the festival to expand.
Meanwhile, some participants in the event advocated the use of indigenous languages in arts performances and presentations.
Speaking on the topic: “Mincing Ancient Cultural Identities for Modern Creativity,” one of the discussants, Miss. Amarachi Atama, lamented the declining nature of Igbo language, which she said would hinder the process of mining ancient cultural identities.
Another discussant, Mazi Ogbonnaya called for appreciation of ancient books and works of arts in order to modernize them for present use.
In his submission, a clergyman and lover of arts, the Reverend Father Ositadimma Amakeze, opined that democracy being practiced in some countries was an Igbo cultural heritage “Igbo Enwe Eze,” which implied government by all.
Some other participants in event, which featured art exhibition and recitation, Mr. Cornelius Ndubuisi and Miss Chidera Emesolum, described it as timely rewarding.
NGOZI NWEKE & EZINWANNE OKWUOLISA