01 Aug FODAF 2019 in Retrospect…
FODAF 2019 in Retrospect…
The year 2019 did not end without the much anticipated FOOTPRINTS OF DAVID ARTS FESTIVAL. From Christmas day to December 30, 2019, the habitants of Bariga and its environs were treated to a deluge of performances in the various forms of arts including side attractions as games, the traditional Father Christmas visit on December 25th, cooking competition, masquerade dance displays to mention but a few.
FOOTPRINTS OF DAVID ARTS FESTIVAL, shortened as FODAF, is the annual community festival of performance arts, music, dance, cultural displays, game which was held from December 25- December 30, 2019 at Arobadade area of Bariga still leaves many relishing its golden moments.
Since inception in the year 2005, the FOOTPRINTS OF DAVID ARTS FESTIVAL (FODAF) dubbed the largest gathering of art enthusiasts and fun seekers alike, which is unarguably one of the biggest arts festival on the Lagos Mainland has served as a rallying point for Lagos fun seekers during the yuletide season.
In an age where the campaign for an end to domestic violence and child abuse is gaining recognition by the seconds, FODAF remains true to this cause. For the first 10 years of the Festival, the central theme of discourse remained speaking against CHILD ABUSE- an epidemic scourge in many Nigerian homes. As part of its efforts to entrench one of the cardinal points for which FODAF is being organized focused primarily on the mental development of children, FODAF 2019 is themed: A BETTER CHILD, a rather persuasive theme which is a pointer to the expedient need for parents/guardians to train their children and wards in the right and proper way to grow in the nearest future.
FOOTPRINTS OF DAVID ARTS FESTIVAL (FODAF) is a brainchild of one of the fastest growing children theatre in the country- FOOTRINTS OF DAVID ARTS ACADEMY: an arts institution dedicated to discovering young talented artists, grooming their skills and availing them the platform to showcase what they’ve got to the unblinking eye of the world. The Arts academy has been sustained over a decade of operation, graced several stages home and away, awed the presence of top shots in the country, and firmly rooted in the exceptional creative exploits.
Over the years, the FOOTPRINTS OF DAVID ARTS FESTIVAL has become a picnic of some sort- a convergence of many in the circle of love; and in the hopes of good posterity. The community festival was conceived as a palliative to the maniacal tendencies that had long ravaged the Bariga community, poised to deliver nothing but the best of entertainment, education and sound worship.
The Festival poised to steady the rocky boat of turbulence that besieged the community of Arobadade and its environs and long standing dream to renew the call for better society is no small feat. It had been challenged by stumbling blocks, yet unfazed, standing stronger than it was when it was founded in December 2005.
As it has been with previous years, there were Father Christmas visitation for the children on the first day (Christmas day) and later on the Christmas parties; nightly film shows during the festival; sensational dance and drama acts; ram locking competitions; cooking competitions; Ludo and Draft games; Worship and Praise sessions and a charity march.
On December 26, Boxing Day at FODAF, there was an open mic competition, poetry performance, spoken word poetry performances, music, dance and drama performances. The following day, December 27, a day tagged: A day of contemporary arts featured the AFROCAN session headlined by Praise, Ennovate house, Westside, FOD GANG, KRUMP NATON SESSION, nas magnificent, krump Nigeria and several performances of the contemporary arts.
Accordingly, the next day, December 28, 2019 was dedicated for the celebration of Indigenous Arts. The Baale of Orile Bariga, High Chief Owodunni Hassan Agiri with a retinue of his chief graced the occasion. The monarch was afterwards presented with a portrait picture by Ayo, a student of Yaba College of Technology, the award winning 2019 Best speed painter. Followed by December 29, the variety day encompassed a list of Dj Battle, Rap Battle, Stand Up Comedy, Drama Ministration with several performers like Ennovate House Oworo Dance Community, Jagaboss, Magicians, Mc Naevet, Comic Akpan, FOD Gang, FOD Academy, Glorious Art Production, Komissioner.
The last day kicked off with the Charity walk tagged: A BETTER CHILD. The train moved from one end to another within Bariga community occasioned by short street performances and good music. There were cooking competitions, the grand finale of all indoor games, ram locking competitions.
Africa’s foremost Gospel Dj Gosperella was on the wheel of steel dishing out Christian songs back to back while there was drama ministration by The Light of the World Drama Ministry, comedy performances by Komissioner, Comic Akpan Jesus Parrot. The praise unlimited session held the audience spellbound with performances by Lisa, Avila crew, Silas Bam (a saxophonist) and the star appearances by the songstress Tope Alabi