Former President Olusegun Obasanjo was honoured with the King of Ruby award at the 40th anniversary programme of FESTAC, organised by the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation.
At the event where Obasanjo was conferred with the award by CBAAC, he stressed the significance of culture and history to national development.
The event took place in Lagos on Monday.
CBAAC ‘s Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, said the honour accorded Obasanjo was in recognition of his valued contributions to the promotion and development of African culture and heritage as well as his role in the emancipation, unity and development of continental and Diaspora Africa.
“Named after the precious stone Ruby, the Ruby King award is a representation of an inextinguishable flame,” he said.
Among others, the anniversary is featuring an art exhibition, cultural dance, dance drama, poetry, musical performance, wrestling and food exhibition.