Ayakoroma Inducted Into NANTAP’s Body Of Fellows

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IMG 20170922 WA0041History was made, Friday, 15th September, 2017, as theatre practitioners drawn from various parts of Nigeria converged at the popular events centre, Planet One, Maryland, Lagos, to witness the investiture of some of the best and brightest in Nigeria’s entertainment industry, as Fellows of Theatre Arts (fta), and their induction into the Body of Fellows of the National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners (NANTAP).

The Body of Fellows is the highest advisory body of NANTAP and members of this prestigious body are inducted strictly in recognition of their distinct works, outstanding contributions to theatre development, and meritorious service to Nigeria.

Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, the Executive Secretary/CEO, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Thespian, playwright, editor, prolific author, and Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), was one of the proud recipients of the award at the August occasion, as he was conferred with the Fellow Theatre Arts (FTA), and later inducted into this elite Body of Fellows of NANTAP.

Standing tall and holding his head high on a platform of achievements amongst the Colossus of Nigerian entertainment like Chief Chika Okpala, MFR, MON (aka Chief Zebrudaya, alias 4.30 of New Masquerade), Otunba Adebayo Salami (popularly called Oga Bello), Usman Baba Pategi (aka Samanja), to mention but a few, the citation on Dr. Ayakoroma depicted a man who has worked hard enough and deserves to dine on same table with kings.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Interim President of NANTAP, Thespian Israel Eboh, fta, expressed optimism that the establishment of a Body of Fellows (BOF) will not only strengthen the constitutional and administrative structure of a reborn NANTAP, but will also make the wealth of experiences, professional connections and invaluable advices of BOF readily available to the Association.

The list of Fellows of Theatre Arts (fta), which traverses the Nigeria entertainment industry, public service and the academia include: Professor Duro Oni (UniLag), Chairman, Body of Fellows; Professor Emmanuel Emasealu (Uniport); Ben Tomoloju (veteran Arts Journalist); Richard Mofe-Damijo (RMD); Dr. Sola Fosudo (LASU); Fred Amata (veteran Nollywood actor and President of the Directors Guide of Nigeria); and Mr. Francis Onwochei (veteran Nollywood actor and director), amongst others.

It will be recalled that the NICO ES was nominated for the fellowship of NANTAP as far back as 2013 but had not been formally inducted in fulfilment of one of the statutory requirements that awardees have to be present physically for the conferment and induction.

The Management and Staff of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) felicitate with our Boss, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, fta, over this latest recognition in the area of national development with wishes of more accomplishments and greater recognitions in the near future.

Anthony Okafor & Lanre Arepo                                                             

Corporate Affairs Unit                                                                                                                

NICO Training School


Wole Soyinka To Visit Benue Ahead Of ANA Convention

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Nigeria's Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka is to visit Benue ahead of the 2017 Annual International Convention of the Association of Nigerian Authors ANA, holding in Makurdi, come October 26.

Chairman, Local Organising Committee for the planning of the Convention, Professor Idris Amali announced this when he led other members to pay a courtesy call on Governor Samuel Ortom at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

He said while in Benue, Professor Soyinka is expected to kick start a major pre-convention activity with his special reading to a body of intellectuals, creative writers, students and lovers of Literature.

According to Professor Amali, the visit of the Nobel Laureate is unique because it would not only add to the credibility of the Convention alone but also provide an opportunity for People of the State to meet and interact with him one on one.

The don maintained that the World acclaimed Literary Giant's visit to Benue this Month would mark his second coming to the State since 1988.

The LOC Chairman equally told Governor Ortom that a five member delegation from the National Body of the Association of Nigerian Authors, Abuja led by the National President, Mallam Denja Abdullahi would arrive the State same day with Prof. Soyinka for a convention assessment visit.

Responding, Governor Samuel Ortom promised to support the State Chapter of the Association of Nigerian Authors with the necessary logistics and conducive atmosphere for the reception of Professor Soyinka and the delegation from ANA National Headquarters, Abuja.

Governor Ortom said he looks forward to hosting Nigerian authors who have made name across Nigeria and commended members of ANA Benue chapter for helping to contribute to the development of knowledge economy of the State with a view to showcasing its People and cultural endowments to the whole World.

The Governor urged the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Tyavyar to anchor the two visits and the main ANA Convention from the side of the State Government to ensure that it does not renege on its promise.

Meanwhile, the Benue State Executive Members of ANA led by the Chairman, Mr. Charles Iornumbe at a meeting drew up an itinerary for the visits one of which is the Nobel Laureate’s interface with IDPs at the Makurdi Ultra-Modern Internal Market.


Chivir Nyam

2017 Edition Of NICO Indigenous Language Programme Ends In Gombe

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The 5th edition of the Nigerian Indigenous Languages Programme (NILP), organised by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Gombe State Office, came to an end, with the State Head, Mallam Yahaya Sanda, commending participants as well as the resource persons for their dedication and commitment throughout the programme.

Speaking at the closing of the programme on Wednesday, 30th August, 2017, at the Arabic Teachers College in Gombe, Mallam Yahaya Sanda urged them to constantly communicate with their wards in their mother tongue at home to create a sense of pride in our languages.

He said the learning of other languages will go a long way to foster national integration and create national pride and identity, which he stressed, can help in boosting the image of our dear country.

Commenting on the Institute’s steadfastness in tackling the challenges of Nigerian indigenous languages from going into extinction, Yahaya admonished participants to enrol in the Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma programmes of NICO, either at the Training School in Lagos or the Abuja Study Centre, especially now that, the Institute has received approval from Nasarawa State University, Keffi, for the affiliation of the programmes.

Responding on behalf of the participants, Assistant Commandant of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Mr. Kenneth Musa, applauded the Institute’s efforts in organising the yearly event aimed at preserving Nigerian Indigenous Languages, disclosing that the programme has helped to enrich their relations in the office since their line of duty entails interaction and  communicating with persons from all walks of life.

In the same vein, the Principal of ATC, Hussaini Aliyu Ismail, encouraged NICO to sustain its effort in national integration and unity using the NILP platform.

Akinkunmi Adewole Jacob Yoruba Facilitator also commended NICO for coming up with this initiative, stating that the programme has challenged him to research more into his own dialect so as to remember some forgotten names of animals and items.

This year’s NILP attracted participants from Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC); Ministry for Local Government Community Development; Ministry of Women Affairs; Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), as well as students from different institutions of higher learning in the state.

Kimna Paah

Corporate Affairs Unit

NICO, Gombe

NICO NILP Described As A Unifying Force Among Nigerians

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The significance of NICO one-month Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme has again been reiterated at the closing ceremony of the just concluded programme in the North Central Zonal Office of the Institute in Ilorin, Kwara State on 28th August, 2017.

This came when one of the participants from National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Mr. Saliu Abdul Afiz Olanrewaju, expressed his satisfaction with this year’s edition, saying the programme is a laudable one, as it serves as a unifying force in engendering understanding, patriotism and mutual trust among Nigerians.

Mr. Olanrewaju observed that learning an additional language makes one a friend rather than a foe to the speakers of that language, and therefore urged the Institute and its zonal office in Ilorin to increase the tempo by featuring more languages in subsequent editions, such as Igbo, Igala, etc., just as they remain unwavering in ensuring peaceful coexistence among the various ethnic groups in the country, through series of cultural initiatives, like the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme, especially now that the country is facing threats of division.

Earlier on, in his opening address, the Zonal Coordinator, NICO North-Central Zone Ilorin, Kwara State, Mr. Ohi Ojo, said the significance of language in human endeavour can never be overemphasised, since it was a dominant segment of culture which distinguishes a group of people from another, and so learning an additional language is very important to both adults and children in order to make one more marketable and competitive.

He reiterated that as one of the Institute’s major objectives, Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) was designed to prepare participants to be able to key into the noble venture of being competitive worldwide, as research has shown that, children especially can easily learn to speak, read and write up to five different languages fluently when exposed to them early in life, thereby naturally giving them an edge over others.

Also in his remarks, the Head of Orientation and Cultural Affairs Unit, Mr. Adeoti Ariyo, admonished the participants to put into practice all that they have learnt and thanked them for their patience, resilience as well as being good ambassadors of the various establishments they represented throughout the programme.

This year’s edition of the one-month Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) in the zone, which took place at the Zonal Office Conference Hall in Ilorin, featured Hausa and Yoruba languages and recorded a total number of thirty four (34) participants, which included candidates from NESREA, Kwara State Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Kwara State Polytechnic, and the private sector.

Ahmed Mohammed

NIO North-Central Zone

Ilorin, Kwara State

Ibagwa Nike Community Set Agog For New Yam Festival

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Ibagwa Nike

Ibagwa Nike autonomous community in Enugu State, under the traditional rulership of Igwe Dr. Emmanuel Ugwu, the Eze Okwe 1 of Okwe Kingdom, was agog, as they celebrated their 2017 New Yam Festival, tagged, “New Yam Festival for National Unity”, with pulp and pageantry.

The annual celebration was to show gratitude to Almighty God and also pray for peace and display the rich cultural heritage of the good people of Ibagwa Nike; and as expected, the occasion re-echoed the need for peaceful co-existence among all ethnic groups in the country since our strength lies in our diversity.

Igwe Dr. Emmanuel Ugwu used the occasion to confer chieftaincy titles on some notable personalities as well as inducting some respected friends, as approved by the Igwe-in-Council and cabinet members; and the honourees included DIG of Police in charge of Logistics and Planning, Chief Valentine Uzo Ntomchukwu; Chief Dr. Mandy Ernest Okechukwu; Alhaji (Barr.) Kabiru Tanimu; and Chief Nkem Owoh (alias, Osuofia), among others.

In his goodwill message at the occcasion, the Head, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Enugu State Office, Mr. Nnaemeka Nwajagu, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Associate Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, eulogised Igwe Dr. Emmanuel Ugwu and the good people of Ibagwa Nike, for bringing the major tribes in the country together, thus, promoting the culture of national unity, which Nigeria needs most now.

The event attracted traditional rulers and heads of several government agencies across the country, just as the Tiv Community in Enugu State and the Surveyors’ Council of Nigeria presented awards to HRH Igwe (Dr.) Emmanuel Ugwu, as their Grand Patron and for his exceptional detribalised nature in his administration, respectively.

It was grand event, which was culturally spiced by performances of different kinds of masquerades and dancers as guests were well entertained.

Kingsley Ngoka

Corporate Affairs

Enugu State Office

Int’l Poetry & Theatre Competition: Call For Submission Of Entries

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Ahead of the 14th edition of the International Poetry Competition Castello Di Duino has called for submission of poems from young writers, of up to 30 years of age, written originally in all languages for the competition coming up in Italy.

The competition, which has the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Italian Commission and Italian Foreign Office, is a Cultural Project organised to evaluate the poetic prowess of young people across the globe.

According to a correspondence between the UNESCO Headquarters, Paris and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, which was made available to the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), for further information dissemination, the competition has as theme, “HOME/CASA”.

The correspondence further explains that, “Home/Casa” are English and Italian words, respectively, that indicates the physical or metaphorical place from which one goes to and returns with memories, customs, affections, country and homeland, being a sanctuary for the soul.

The world languages utilise many different words to indicate the idea of “Home/Casa”, according to histories and identities of the people; and languages and poetry too are, sometimes, “Casa/ Home”: sanctuary for the soul.

The competition which is thematic, is scheduled to hold in three sections with candidates free to participate in more than one section. (See http://home.castelloduinopoesia.org/bandi-stranieri/)

In the first section which is for “Unpublished Poems”, authors are required to send only one unpublished, never prized poem each, written in their mother tongue accompanied with a translation in English, Spanish, French or Italian, with a maximum of 40 lines.

Works in this category are expected to be submitted preferably by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before 31st October, 2017 with completed application form and the poem attached to the message in word or rft format.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes for this section will be €500 each; while the poems of winners and a selection of the best poems will be published for free by Ibiskos Publishing House, Risolo, in both Italian and English versions together with a DVD in the original languages.

For the second section, authors are to present one unpublished and never prized dramatic work (Monologue or Dialogue between two (2) people) with a maximum of five (5) pages and not more than 10,000 characters; while a good translation into Italian is unconditionally required, candidates are to note that their works will not be evaluated in their original language but in the Italian translations and must be submitted on or before 30th November, 2017. (Entries to be forwarded via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

In this category, the jury will designate three (3) winners (who will be awarded cups and plates) as well as select other dramas of special worth; while the best dramas will be performed in an important city theatre within the prize giving ceremony events.

Meanwhile, the third section which dwells on schools projects is designed to have the jury designating the best poetry-projects presented as a collective work by schools (students and teachers).

Here, the 1st prize is €500, which will have to be devoted to a humanitarian scope chosen by the awarded students and teachers; and it is also to be prized or considered as noteworthy schools or group, as a whole day of readings and performance is reserved for them in an important location, where the students will have the opportunity to read their poems and teachers to explain their projects.

The statement added that this category is requested to send their projects by regular mail to Prof. Gabriella Gruber, Via Matteoti 21, 34138, Trieste (Italy); and that while there will be consideration of postmark, no project which arrives after the jury may have started its evaluation process will be accepted.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES


Culture Has The Potential To Drive Nigeria's Economy – UNESCO's Ajaegbo

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The National Programme Officer (Culture), United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)'s Regional Office, Abuja-FCT, Mr. Ifeanyi Ajaegbo, has affirmed that, culture has the potentials to drive Nigeria's economy, saying, UNESCO and particularly those in the culture sector, agree very strongly and very deeply with the position of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) that, culture has the potential to drive Nigeria's economy.

Mr. Ajaegbo, who stated this in his speech during a courtesy call on NICO’s Executive Secretary, Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, at the Institute’s Headquarters, No. 23, Kigoma Street, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on Tuesday, 22nd August, 2017, said that the visit was to renew the UNESCO Regional Office's working relationship with the Institute, averring that culture was not just about the intangible cultural heritage and the natural sites but that culture should leave their sites and penetrate into the pockets of the people of Nigeria, economically.

The UNESCO National Programme Officer (Culture) further said that, culture was the only industry in the world that employs the largest number of youths from the ages of 16-39 globally, adding that, statistic has it that there are about 24 million youths out of the 30 million estimated employees of the cultural industry in the whole world.

He disclosed that UNESCO believed it was high time Nigerians started looking at culture, as an economic catalyst and driver for the economy, stressing: “the reasons are very simple, look at Nollywood, which at the moment is the second biggest film industry in the world”; and that if the impediments and challenges could be removed, it has the potentials of becoming the second biggest economic film industry in the world.

Ajaegbo thereby intimated the ES that UNESCO hopes, as it enters into the new biennium, in its bid to propel culture into its deserved space as an economic catalyst, NICO, as the focal agency, would be there and be called upon regularly to look at what UNESCO would be doing in that direction.

He noted that, culture would be one of the concept notes that should be discussed by UNESCO in the General Conference in November this year, and that the UNESCO Regional Office in Abuja was only a regional office that covers Benin, Togo, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Liberia, and other West African countries, and may not conclusively say that the proposal for Nigeria would work for other member states in the region.

The UNESCO National Programme Officer (Culture) noted that the proposal to be submitted for Nigeria and through NICO, an Institute in Nigeria, if accepted by UNSCO globally, could be done and the same process could be replicated in other states so that there would be a clearing house for every matter relating to culture.

Earlier, in his power point presentation, the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, thanked the UNESCO team for the visit, as he enumerated the Institute's organogram made up of five departments: Administration and Human Resources; Finance and Accounts; Research and Documentation; Orientation and Cultural Affairs; and the Training School; in addition to the Office of the Executive Secretary, as well as its six(6) zonal offices located in the six (6) geo-political zones, the Liaison Office in Lagos, and six (6) state offices across the country.

The ES highlighted the success story of the Institute through programmes, which it has embarked on in the last eight (8) years of his administration, including Promoting Nigerian Dress Culture, which has attracted the attention of the Federal Government; National Conference of Culture, Peace and National Security for Traditional Rulers, which has got the support and partnership of UNESCO; NICO Quarterly Public Lecture, which recently featured the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha on 4th May, 2017 and the Vice-Chancellor of National Open University Nigeria (NOUN), Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, on 10th July, 2017 as Distinguished Guest Lecturers, respectively.

According to him, the 4-Week long vacation Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) currently going on in all NICO offices nationwide for school children, which has drawn participants from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and embassies, among others, as well as the Weekend Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (WNILP) platform for workers.

He also mentioned the Children Cultural Extravaganza, a competitive event for children on traditional fashion parade, local cuisines, indigenous languages, hairdos; the NICO Cultural Clubs in Secondary School, among other children-oriented programmes of the institute.

Annual Round Table for Media outfits, Media Workshop for Arts writers and journalists in the country; the Workshop on Repositioning Cultural Workers in the Ministry which the institute organised for the then Ministry of Tourism Culture and National Orientation as well as the annual World Culture Day Celebration which the institute has consistently participated in over the last eight years, among other programmes of the Institute.

The ES NICO, however, decried the lack of access road to the permanent site of the Institute and absence of budgetary allocation for the auditorium building in Kuje-FCT, adding that due to paucity of funds, some of the Institute's programmes have been put on hold, especially the publication of the quarterly newsletter, NICO News and the quarterly Media Workshop for Arts Writers and Editors for two (2) years now.

Prof. Ayakoroma also used the occasion to present the UNESCO team with most of the NICO Publications especially the maiden edition of NICO journal entitled, CultureScope, and Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA) Conference Book of Proceedings 2015, organised by the Institute, which the leader of the team found very interesting.

In the UNESCO entourage were the leader of the delegation and National Programme Officer (Culture), UNESCO Regional Office Abuja, Mr. Ifeanyi Ajaegbo; Mrs. Nseno Emiem of the UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja; Miss Concilia Ifeanyi of the Communication and Information Department of the UNESCO Regional Office, Abuja.

Among the NICO Management Staff present to receive the UNESCO team were Director, Orientation and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Alex Omijie; Director, Administration and Human Resources, Alhaji Ibrahim Husseni; Deputy Director, Research and Documentation, Mrs. Chioma Duru; Head, Finance and Account, Mr. Alfred Ogbe Herbert; Head of Protocol, ES Office, Mr. Ibrahim Malgwi; and Personal Assistant to ES, Mr. Emeka Bokolo; among others.

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Corporate Affairs


Lai Mohammed Commends British Council On Advancement Of The Arts In Nigeria

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The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has commended the British Council for its efforts towards the advancement of the arts and culture sector in Nigeria, urging all other stakeholders to continue in their efforts towards building the sector.

The Minister, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Ms. Grace Gekpe, gave this commendation in a remark at a reception, organised by the Council in Abuja to mark the closing of the UK-Nigeria 2015/2016 programme.

According to him, the just concluded programme was a major season of arts in Nigeria that was aimed at building bridges, creating new collaborations and strengthening relationships between Nigeria and the UK, where forty one (41) festival and carnival managers in Nigeria received various degrees of training among others.

Speaking on the Ministry’s vision for the arts and culture sector in Nigeria, Lai Mohammed disclosed that the ministry’s collaboration with the British Council was to effectively map the creative industries in Nigeria in order to access the values and potentials of the industry and further expose it to investors both locally and internationally.

His words: “We are working very closely with the British Council and with such international partnerships and collaborations existing between the ministry and the British Council, it is evident that the arts and culture sector in Nigeria is on its way to greater heights.

“The Ministry’s renewed ambition for the arts and culture sector is to move the creative industry into a creative economy which can compete effectively with the creative industries around the world”, he said.

While maintaining that the Federal Government in its efforts to diversify the economy has recognised culture as a critical sector for economic growth, the Minister said with the recent Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), government is committed to reviving the dwindling economic fortunes of the country by investing in programmes and activities of the arts and culture sector to harness the potentials therein for the socio-economic empowerment of our stakeholders.

He therefore stressed that the ministry will remain dedicated to policy maintenance and development of new policies and initiatives that will enhance the industry and a lot of its practitioners; supporting medium and small scale enterprises in the sector; creating incentives for private sector investors; as well as new international partnerships that will support the sector, among others, in order to achieve the aforementioned.

Meanwhile, the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency Mr. Paul Arkwright, expressed deep appreciation to the ministry for the good working relationship and opportunities accorded the Council by the Ministry to contribute to the growth of the sector, saying “We are glad to work together with the Ministry of Information and Culture to build the creative industries in Nigeria. Our desire is to make the sector a huge contributor to the Nigerian economy, just like in the UK, where the sector generates about 10 million pounds a day”.

It is worthy of note that the just closed UK-Nigeria 2015/2016 programme on arts and culture project had 31 projects around the country with the overall objective to enable people from both countries to develop lasting connections to increase opportunities for people in the creative sector.

Present at the event was the outgoing Country Director of British Council, Connie Price; the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma; Director-General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (ICPR), Prof. Oshita Oshita; Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe; the Director-General of National Gallery of Art (NGA), Alhaji Abdullahi Muku; Barr. Neda Imasuen, representative of the Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Matthew Urhoghide; and Ace NTA broadcaster, Mrs. Eugenia Abu, among others.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES


Traditional Rulers Seek NICO’s Support On Promoting Yam Festival

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Traditional Rulers from the South-East zone have requested technical and professional support from the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) towards repackaging the Iri Ji Ndi Igbo National New Yam Festival to meet international standards.

The traditional rulers under the auspices of Mbido Igbo (Origin of Igbo) Associations, who were recently at the NICO headquarters in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, to pay a courtesy call on the Executive Secretary, Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, as well as invite him as Guest of Honour to the event, said the festival, scheduled for 22nd-26th August, 2017 at the National Yam House, Igboukwu, Aguata LGA of Anambra State, is designed as the hub of tourism and cultural development of the South-East geo-political zone.

According to them, the active role played by NICO in past editions of the festival informed their request for the Institute’s continued support towards ensuring the festival meets current global standards that will help showcase the festival as well as project its tourism potentials to the world.

Speaking on their behalf, His Royal Highness, Dr. (Barr.) Martin Nwafor Ezeh, the Idu II of Igboukwu, who said their decision to identify with NICO is further informed by the recognition of NICO’s responsibility of promoting, uniting and showcasing the living cultural potentials in the country, stressed that the Institute holds the peace, stability and base of the nation and any government that will not give it priority attention will be playing with the growth and unity of Nigeria.

While congratulating the Ayakoroma-led management of NICO on the numerous achievements recorded since his assumption of office, especially the presence of officers of the Institute in many states of the federation, Ezeh stated that their presence at the grassroots has contributed in no small measure to unite, galvanise and put life into the numerous untapped living cultural potentials in the states.

His words: “Things must work in this country because we have no other one or spare country to go to. That is why our states resonate in a harmonious melody of tourism as our only hope of survival in these hard times where oil has failed us. It is our onerous responsibility to make it work and we have set our hands on it”.

Responding, the Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary, Mr. Law Ikay Ezeh, who received the traditional rulers on behalf of the ES, noted that the Institute has always been supportive of the Iri Ji Ndi Igbo National New Yam Festival, and that he attended the 2016 edition at the National Yam House, Igboukwu, with the ES, Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma and some officers of the Institute from its Owerri Zonal Office and Enugu State Office.

Law Ezeh said the Iri Ji Ndi Igbo National New Yam Festival has the great prospects and potentials of contributing to sustainable tourism development of Anambra State and Nigeria, in general, especially as eleven (11) states are participating this year, which means diverse cultural dances and masquerade performances will be showcased.

He said the invitation was coming at a time the ES, Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, had other equally important scheduled official engagements, and that he will eventually confirm his attendance, after briefing him accordingly.

It is worth noting that, events for the festival include unveiling of the biggest yam, traditional wrestling competition, traditional folklore rendition, display of innovations in technology, great palm wine tappers’ competitions, national arts and crafts exhibition, museums tour and conferences on the unity of Nigeria, among others.


Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES


NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre Happy Over The Affiliation – Dr. Onuoha Tells ES

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The staffers of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Training School, Abuja Study Centre, have congratulated the Executive Secretary, Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, for the approval of the affiliation of the Institute’s Training School with the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK).

The Coordinator, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Dr. (Mrs.) Regina Onuoha, who led the team to the Office of the Executive Secretary, at the Institute’s Headquarter in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, said members of staff of the Abuja Study Centre were extremely happy for the approval.

Describing the ES as a great achiever, Onuoha said: “Sir, we the members of Staff of NICO Training, Abuja Study Centre, have decided to come and visit you to tell you that we are happy and grateful over the affiliation of the NICO Training School with the Nasarawa State University, Keffi. We are proud of you. This is a good elevation for the Training School. It is a great achievement”.

Responding, Prof. Ayakoroma, who said he was happy for the visit, recalled the whole efforts geared towards the affiliation process, giving God the glory for the approval; and he expressed appreciation to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Muhammadu Akaro Mainoma and the Principal Officers of the University, the pioneer Head, Department of Theatre & Cultural Studies, Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura and the current Head, Hajia Lantana Ahmed, the Management of NICO, and all those who have contributed in one way or the other to the approval of the affiliation.

The ES said: “I can tell you that if you are happy in the NICO Training School, I am happier. Since Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura mentioned it to me, I have been jubilating. I mean it is a great achievement. At least, I am happy that I have really concluded this. It will give those who are doing the programme opportunity to further their post graduate studies at Nasarawa State University, Keffi. They can be admitted into the new Masters, M.Phil and even PhD in Cultural Policy and Management, which have been recently approved. We really give God the glory”.

It will be recalled that NICO submitted the application for the affiliation of its Training School to the Department of Theatre & Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi; and the recent approval is subject to the provisions of a Memorandum of Understanding between Nasarawa State University, Keffi and the Institute in 2012.

Nwagbo Pat Obi

NICO Training School

Abuja Study Centre

NICO Training School Gets Approval For Affiliation To NSUK

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The Vice Chancellor and Chairman of Senate, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), Prof. Muhammad Mainoma, has approved the request of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) to affiliate its Training School for the award of nationally and internationally recognised Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Administration certificates.

According to a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary/CEO of NICO, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who is also a Visiting Associate Professor with the Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies at NSUK, dated 17th August, 2017 and signed by the University Registrar, Alhaji Bala Ahmed II, the approval is subject to the provisions of the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which the Institute signed with the University.

The letter reads in part: “I am pleased to inform you that the Vice-Chancellor, acting as Chairman of Senate has approved your application for the affiliation of the Training School of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation to Nasarawa State University, Keffi.

“This approval is subject to the provisions of the 2012 Memorandum of Association between Nasarawa State University and the National Institute for Cultural Orientation Training School and all other regulations of the Nasarawa State University, Keffi and National Universities Commission (NUC) governing affiliation”.

The University Management has already directed the Institute to liaise with the Academic Office of the Registry and the Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies accordingly.

Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has expressed satisfaction with the development, saying that the approval is a step towards mainstreaming the Training School in the culture sector, especially now that Nasarawa State University, Keffi has also approved the running of Masters Degree and PhD in Cultural Policy and Management among other postgraduate programmes at the University’s Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies.

It will be recalled that on the 18th April, 2012, NICO signed an MoU with Nasarawa State University, Keffi, requesting for collaboration and affiliation of its Training School to NSUK for the purpose of awarding certificates as appropriate and approved by the University Senate.

The decision was informed by the fact that Nasarawa State University, Keffi is the only tertiary institution in the country offering a degree programme in Theatre and Cultural Studies and the Institute is optimistic that with the approval, the quality of graduands of the NICO Training School will be strengthened through improved standards.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant-ES


Nasarawa State Government Reiterates Support For The Traditional Institution

Written by Dr. Barclays Posted in nico news

The Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has said that he will continue to support traditional institutions in the state through institutional mechanisms and conducive environment that will enable then discharge their leadership roles, saying his administration believed that it is one of the ways through which paramount rulers in the state can be galvanized to mobilize their subjects to support government policies and programmes.

Al-Makura made this known on Sunday, 6th August, 2017 at the official installation and presentation of Staff of Office to the Emir of Karshi, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Dr. Sani Mohammed Bako III, at Government Secondary School, Karshi, Karu Local Government Area of Nasarawa State.

According to the Governor, his administration’s continued support for the inclusion of the roles of traditional rulers in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is informed by the view that if the traditional institution in the country is given a pride of place, the social and economic development of the nation will go a long way in sustaining peace and social cohesion, as well as produce responsive and productive citizens in the country.

While reiterating his administration’s commitment to building a state that will compete favourably with first generation states in the country in terms of socio-economic development, Al-Makura, who said government considers the role of royal fathers as sacrosanct in view of the enormous responsibilities conferred on them in defending the traditions and customs, challenged government at all levels, saying if they must succeed, the participation, roles and cooperation of traditional rulers must be made fundamental.

He therefore congratulated Alhaji Dr. Mohammed Sani Bako III for emerging as the new Emir of Karshi; and expressed confidence that though the very big shoe he now wears is highly demanding, he will not only be meticulous to bring his pedigree, capacity and craftsmanship to fill the vacuum, but will also be creative in confronting all challenges to enable him, as an accomplished research fellow and technocrat, to sustain the achievements of his late father.

In his response, the Emir of Karshi, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Dr. Sani Mohammed Bako III, expressed his profound gratitude to Allah for making the day a reality and prayed Allah to continue to guide, protect and give him the knowledge to rule the people towards the development of the state.

He maintained that the entire good people of Karshi Emirate Council remain indebted to the administration of Governor Tanko Al-Makura and the Government of Nasarawa State for finding him worthy to be presented with a 1st Class Staff of Office as the Emir of Karshi.

Present at the event was the Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency Hon. Silas Ali Agara; Speaker, Nasarawa State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe Abdullahi; former Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, His Excellency Senator Abdullahi Adamu; the Emir of Kano, Alhaji (Dr.) Sanusi Mohammed Sanusi; Emir of Bauchi, Alhaji Suleiman Adamu; Emir of Lafia, Alhaji (Dr.) Isa Mustapha; Emir of Keffi, Alhaji Dr. Shehu Chindo Yamusa III; Chun Mada, Dr. Samson Gare; HRM Igwe Emmanuel Ugwu of Enugu State; and former ADC to General Sani Abacha, Major Hamza Al-Mustapha (rtd), among other dignitaries.

The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, was accompanied to the event by the Institute’s Director, Administration and Human Resources, Alhaji Ibrahim Husseini; and Head of Legal Unit, Barrister Musa Kakamba, among others.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES


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