The African Drums Festival commenced in Abeokuta, Ogun, on Thursday with more than 20 cultural troupes from about 13 countries from the continent in attendance.

The festival, which is an expanded form of the maiden edition of the Nigerian Drums Festival held in Abeokuta in 2016, drew participants from Haiti and observers from Dallas in the United States.

“This festival will also promote inter-African leisure travel and the renaissance of our African cultural milestones in contributing toward civilisation,” said host governor Ibikunle Amosun.

“It will engender cultural reawakening in Africa on shared values and fraternal solidarity within the region.”

Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Nobel laureate, Wole Soyinka were some of the dignitaries present at the opening ceremony.

Here are photos from day one.

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