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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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02 May

May Day: NICO Boss Hails Nigerian Workers

The Executive Secretary/CEO of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Otunba Biodun Ajiboye, has commended Nigerian workers...
06 Apr

How Otunba Ajiboye Is Repositioning Nigeria’s Cultural Values With NICO – Saeed Tijjani Writes

On January 12th, 2024 the appointment of Otunba Biodun Ajiboye as the Director General, National Institute For Cultural...
21 Mar

Corruption Became Heightened Due To Neglect of Cultural Values – EFCC Chairman

The Executive Chairman of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Ola Olukoyede has linked the high rate of...
17 Jun

Press Release

June 17, 2024 NICO Frowns At Cultural Negligence By Foreign Airlines Operating Within Nigerian Airspace The Executive Secretary/CEO...
17 Jun

Press Release

7th June, 2024 NCC endorses short codes for promoting cultural content The Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has announced...
17 Jun

NCC Avails NICO Space For Executive Cultural Orientational Retreat, Says Programme Is Designed For Public and Private Sector

In a bid to fulfil its mandate of being a focus for cultural orientation for policy makers, the...

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.