The National Festival of Arts and Culture started on October 2, 2016.

The festival was celebrated with the theme 'Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigeria's Creative Industries'.

Akwa Ibom governor, Udom Emmanuel announced Bayelsa state, which participated among 17 other states, the overall winner.

The host state, Akwa Ibom came second, the Federal Capital Territory of Abuja came third while Lagos came fourth.

Governor Emmanuel, represented by the state's Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mr Emmanuel Ibiok, thanked the winners and commended their determination and hard work.

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Emmanuel mentioned that the creative industries in the country are yet to be fully harnessed to the full extent of their potential.

He said that one of the challenges the industry is faced with is lack of government involvement.

"The theme of this year's event is apt like other areas of growth in our country that have been abandoned because we were awash with petro-Naira. The creative and entertainment sectors of our nation have not been fully appropriated. Nollywood, which a few years ago was adjudged the second largest movie industry in the world, is facing serious challenges because there has been a lack of clearly desirable Government involvement in the industry," Emmanuel Ibiok said.

The Head of the Bayelsa contingent, Mrs Payeboye Festus-Lukoh, said that the success of the team is due to immense hard work.

Festus-Lukoh is also the Acting Executive Director, Bayelsa State Council for Arts and Culture, and she called for improved facilities in subsequent festivals.