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Our Mandate Harnessing Culture for National Development

Our Training Schools

NICO is renowned for training cultural ambassadors, media practitioners, film directors and entrepreneurs to become more proficient at workplaces, homes and communities in their handling of Nigerian cultural realities, philosophy and practices which are relevant for economic advancements, National integration, peace and unity.

NICO's Act

The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) was established by Act 93 of 1993, as a joint initiative of the Nigerian Government and UNESCO during the World Decade for Cultural Development Programme (1988-1997), which emphasized the cultural dimension of development. The idea is also enunciated in the Cultural Policy for Nigeria (1988).

Our Vision

NICO has the vision to be the apex and leading Cultural Training Institute in Nigeria and Nigeria’s contribution to world progress and civilization through research and documentation and cultural assets and services, both tangible and intangible. NICO also has the mandate to train cultural officers, motivators and communicators who would be grounded in Nigerian cultural realities.
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Our Training Centers

Our Programs Training Cultural Ambassadors

NICO Annual Public Lecture

The Lecture Series is conceptualised as a vibrant quarterly programme to provide a forum for intellectual discourse on culture

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Cultural Clubs

The establishment of the clubs will further enlighten the younger generation about Nigerian heritage and foster a sense of cultural pride.

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Language Training

The programme would go a long way in fostering peace, unity and social integration among the participants and Nigerians in general.

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16 Feb

Press Release

15th February, 2024 NICO To Commence Indigenous Language Training In NYSC Camps Nationwide The National Institute for Cultural...
05 Feb

Press Release

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29 Jan

IOM-UN Mission Pays Courtesy Visit On Nigeria’s Culture Minister

The Chief of Mission to Nigeria for the International Organization for Migration (IOM)-UN Mission, Laurent M.J. De Boeck on Thursday...

NICO Objectives Section 3 of the Act establishing NICO, the objectives and functions


Serve as a focus for orientation in cultural matters for Nigeria’s policymakers and other government officials.

Cultural Materials

Develop cultural materials for promoting the cultural image of Nigeria nationally and internationally and use them for the realization of the nation’s Cultural Diplomacy objectives.


Train Cultural Development Officers who will integrate Nigeria’s culture into the educational system at all levels to facilitate the practical application of the Nigerian culture in everyday activity.


Sponsor and undertake research into all aspects of Nigeria’s arts and culture.