Director-General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation, Dr Ferdinand Anikwe, has announced that Nigeria will celebrate the 40th anniversary of Festac 77 next year.

Unveiling activities for "Festac 77 at 40'' in Lagos, Anikwe said "Festac 77 at 40'' will provide a veritable platform for Nigerian artists to showcase their talents to the world, especially blacks in the Diaspora.

The year-long event would attract local and international tourists."

He added “Festac 77 at 40 will be a huge and mega celebration of our arts, crafts, relics, monuments and cultural practices.

“We will have a large portion of land where a good number of artists will come and do, sell and teach their crafts. The carvers, sculptors, tie and dye makers, bead stringers, weaver and more will be accommodated.”

Anikwe told Punch Newspaper that clips of Festac 77 would be played to bring back memories from the monumental celebration of blacks and African cultural heritage.

Nigeria hosted the First World Blacks and African Festival of Arts and Culture (Festac) at the National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos in 1977.