The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, is billed to deliver a lecture centring on the campaign for revitalization of Nigerian culture in Berlin, Germany.
The lecture, keynote address at the New Yam Festival being organized by Nzuko Umuigbo Berlin/ Brandenburg e.V (NUBB), titled, “Diasporans As Agents In The Promotion Of Nigeria’s Cultural Diplomacy: A Food For Thought,” takes place on Saturday, 22nd September, 2012.
With the enthusiasm that Dr. Ayakoroma will do justice to the campaign, Nzuko Umuigbo Berlin/ Brandenburg e.V, in a letter signed by the duo of the Chairman, Goddy Nwanu and the secretary, Chris Asuluka, stated that the ES of NICO is in the forefront of harnessing Nigerian culture so that Nigerian indigenous culture will be upheld by Nigerians wherever they are.
In view of this, NUBB thought it wise that the culture administrator comes to Germany to tell Nigerians in the Diaspora how to promote Nigeria through the instrumentality of culture.
The letter reads in part: “Aware that knowledge about indigenous culture has eroded Nigeria as a result of Westernization,NUBB is requesting from you to come and present a powerful keynote address that would focus on the campaign for revitalization of Nigerian indigenous culture, particularly Nigerians in the Diaspora. The Igbo Community in Berlin/Brandenburg seek your esteemed presence as a man in the forefront of the campaign against cultural erosion. You are the most qualified to address the audience comprising Nigerians in Berlin and beyond in cultural matter of this nature.”
As a result of this the ES has undertaken to remind Nigerians in the Diaspora that they are inevitably cultural ambassadors, promoting Nigeria’s way of life, and that they have the potentials of serving as catalysts for Nigeria’s cultural diplomacy objectives, and various aspects of Nigerian culture, such as Nigerian dress culture, indigenous languages, Nigerian cuisines, marriages and cultural festivals, and so on, and positively project Nigeria in the international arena.