Rivers State on Saturday emerged the overall winner of the 32nd National Festival of Arts and Culture, NAFEST 2019 held in Benin the Edo state capital.
Ogun State took the second position while Edo and Bayelsa States were joint third-place winners just as Delta State took the fourth place.
Oyo State, who was returning to the festival after a 17-year break emerged fifth overall winner, a feat described as encouraging by the General Manager of the State Council for Arts and Culture, Mrs. Olayinka Adedeji.
Governor Godwin Obaseki while declaring the event closed thanked the participating states for showing the best of their cultural and artistic wealth.
Obaseki who spoke through his Deputy Mr. Philip Shaibu called on foreign countries with stolen Benin artefacts worth $13billion dollars to return them to the state.