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“Different Colours, One Varsity” – VUNA Celebrates Nigeria’s Cultural Diversity

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It was a feast of cultures on Wednesday, June 7 as Students of Veritas University Abuja observed the yearly annual campus cultural festival. Themed “Unity in Diversity,” the event featured an array of activities designed to showcase and celebrate the cultural tapestry that has become a signage of the student academic community. Activities marking the event included a holy Mass celebration, cultural carnival, arts exhibition, dance presentation and several public locutions centred on the theme of the event. At the Mass celebration, students regaled in the cultural attires of their various ethnic groups, sharing in saltation and prayers of goodwill for their school and country. In his exaltation to students at Mass, the Vice Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Prof. Hyacinth Ichoku lauded their glamorous display of pageantry, urging them to continue in peaceful coexistence to be an example of unity in diversity to the larger Nigerian society. In his homily, the chief celebrant and Dean of Student Affairs, Rev. Fr. Dr. Michael-Mary Akaigwe, also encouraged students of the University to look to each other with unity and one identity.

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It was immediately followed with a culture cavalcade featuring a lavish exhibition of both rhythm and robes from across the country. Among the cultural groups on display were the Arewa, Benue-Kogi, Igbo, South-South and Yoruba, each portraying the rich heritage of their cultural areas in dressing, dances, songs and sundry cultural paraphernalia. Along the procession, students identified with one another across cultural groupings, sharing in exchanging pleasantries, photographs, and occasionally exchanging outfits, courtesies that contributed to amplifying the theme of the event. Beginning at the foyer of the University, the arcade wound up at the School Auditorium where an elaborate cultural fiesta was hosted. The fiesta featured a talk on cultural diversity presented by Rev. Fr. Martins, as well as a cultural competition at which performing groups were graded for their exhibition of ethnic arts, dances, cuisines and delicacies. The Igbo culture group emerged first place winner of the competition, with the Benue-Kogi group as second runner-up, while the Arewa group came third in position.