Celebration As NICO North-Central Zone Staff Dedicates Child

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The residence of Mr. Ola Festus Ajiboye, a staff of the Audit Unit of NICO North-Central Zone, Ilorin, Kwara State, on Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 went agog when he and his wife, Bukola, hosted members of staff of the zone, friends and well wishers to the naming ceremony of their new baby boy.

Christened Oluwatomide, Felix, Fiyinfoluwa, Olalekan, Oluwadarasimi and Oluwamurewa, the boy was born on 12th September, 2017.

Quoting from the scriptures, the minister at the event, Ven. Dr. Idowu Sesan of Saint Barnabas Cathedral, Sabo Oke, Ilorin, admonished parents to take very good care of their children as they are precious gifts from God Almighty.

He added that the act of parents giving names to their off-springs started from time immemorial and thus choosing a good name that would reflect in a child’s life was a righteous starting point for the child’s upbringing.

The ceremony also had in attendance the Zonal Coordinator, NICO North-Central Zone, Mr. Ohi Ojo, who led members of staff to the event, just as he congratulated the Ajiboyes over the bundle of joy and prayed for God’s blessings not just in the life of the baby but for the family and the Institute at large.

The event featured prayers, songs of praise, as well as photograph sessions with the family; while guests had their fill with enough foods and drinks to go round.

Ahmed Mohammed

Corporate Affairs

North Central Zone


God Gave Me Grace To Finish My Race In NICO – Ayakoroma

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Immediate past Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma has returned thanks to God for completing his 8 years of stewardship in NICO, saying if it were not the hand of God upon his life, he would not have gotten the grace to finish his assignment in NICO in peace.

Ayakoroma said this on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 while giving a vote of thanks at the end of a special thanksgiving/send-forth service, organized by “NICO Prays”, an in-house Christian fellowship of the Institute to celebrate the end of his tenure as ES of NICO.

His words: “We are here because God has helped me to finish a race and I am here to thank God because my case has been different. I always tell people that if it is left for man, it would not have happened but because it is God’s business, He has allowed me to finish the race”.



Ayakoroma who likened his successful stay in NICO to a race that is not for the swift, fast, nor strong, stressed that it can only be God that can make one to finish such a race and he is not taking it for granted.

While recalling the circumstance that brought him in as ES of NICO in 2009, Ayakoroma said, for him, he came to NICO without knowing what the Institute was all about; but rather than look the other way, he looked unto God and prayed for direction, which enabled him to contribute his best to reposition the Institute, especially in the culture sector as the apex cultural training institute in Nigeria.

“I came to NICO with a mission because when I got the appointment, I didn’t know what NICO was doing. I went to the website to read and there was nothing much to read about and I prayed for God to give me direction and that is why when I came, I came with what I called “the Barclays Force” and today, I am happy to leave NICO better than I met it”, he said.

Earlier in a short exaltation, Pastor Charles Chukwuma of Conquest International Christian Centre who took a bible reading from the book of Number 20:7, 10-12, enumerated three things that can hinder a man from finishing well to include disobedience to God; taking credit that is meant for God; and setting up negative examples that can instigate disloyalty”.

Pastor Chukwuma who said finishing well is something that is very expensive and not something a person can pick on the streets, explained that when Jesus came on the altar and shouted “it is finished”, it was not just a formality or something casual but he looked back at the huddles, challenges and crisis on the journey, yet at the end of the day, He finished well.

To him, finishing well can save a lot of troubles for a man as exemplified in the life of Prof. Ayakoroma who despite all he went through, has come out triumphant by the help of God.

“We are celebrating God’s servant today and you are seeing him as a star but if he removes his shirts for you, you will see scars because he has been through a lot to get to where he is today. We are gathered here today because one man who by the help of God and his own virtues and values, was able to scale the huddles and challenges of human endeavour, yet he succeeded triumphantly”.

He therefore left all present with Psalm 124:1-8, as food for thought, which according to him, remains one scripture that goes a long way to summarize what God has done in the life of his servant, the outgoing ES, NICO.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES



NICO Academic Board, Abuja Study Centre Approves Results

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The Academic Board of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Training School, Abuja Study Centre, chaired by the Institute’s Executive Secretary/CEO, Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, on Friday, 20th, October 2017, approved the 2nd Semester of 2015/2016 and 1st Semester 2016/2017 Academic Sessions.

The approval was given by the Executive Secretary after the results of the Advanced Diploma in Cultural Administration (ADCA) and the Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA) programmes were presented by the Coordinator, Dr. Regina Onuoha and deliberated upon by the Board.

The Executive Secretary stressed further that Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura, the Coordinator of the Postgraduate Programme of the Department of Theatre & Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), was unavoidably absent for the Examination Board meeting, due to other pressing engagements, but that he will be properly briefed.

He enjoined the academic staff to be very meticulous in their marking and encourage students to be more serious, considering the fact that with effect from the next academic session, the pass mark for Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA) will be 50% and 45% for Advanced Diploma in Cultural Administration (ADCA) and Diploma Programmes, in line with the National Universities Commission (NUC) recommendations.

He advised the resource persons to take advantage of the affiliation with Nasarawa State University to further their education in the Masters and Doctorate degree programmes as they have the opportunity of being considered as visiting lecturers at Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK).

In her contribution, Mrs. Jane Anigala raised the issue of providing conducive environment for the students and staff of the Institute for learning; and Dr. Mrs. Regina Onuoha, while appreciating the Executive Secretary in all his efforts in repositioning the Institute, pleaded for improved welfare package like teaching allowances for the resource persons in the Institute to enable them work effectively; an idea that was strongy supported by the Messrs. Law Ikey Ezeh and Alex Omijie.

Responding, the NICO Boss said that his constraint in providing conducive environment and approving the staff allowances centres on inadequate funding of the Institute by the government as this has also hindered the on-going work in the permanent site at Kuje Area Council.

He therefore advised the resource persons to engage themselves in attending conferences and presenting paper, as well as belonging to professional bodies, as they stand to benefit more than expected, adding that the issue of improved welfare package for staff is a food for thought that will be included in the handing over note to the next Executive Secretary.

He concluded by appreciating God for sparing the lives of the members of staff that were involved in a ghastly motor accident on their way back to Abuja from the wedding of one of the staff of the Institute at Owerri, Imo State.

Other officers present at the Academic Board meeting were the Director, Admin and Human Resources, Mallam Ibrahim Hussein; Head, Finance and Accounts, Mr. Ogbe Herbert, Head, Cultural Affairs Unit, Mr. Segun Adegbaju; and all Academic Staff of NTS, Abuja Study Centre.

Sandra O. Kingsley-Omogiade & Theodorah Okpanachi

NTS, Abuja Study Centre

Increase NICO’s Funding To Restore Nigeria’s Lost Glory, Monarch Tells FG

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The Ona of Abaji and Chairman, FCT Council of Traditional Rulers, His Royal Majesty, Alhaji (Dr.) Adamu Baba Yunusa has called on government at all levels to increase budgetary allocations and support to the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) so that the Institute can, in line with its statutory mandate, restore Nigeria back to her lost glory.

The Ona made this call in a goodwill message at the recent NICO Quarterly Public Lecture, delivered the Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma, on the theme: “Culture, Accountability and National Development”.

Represented by Barrister Musa Salihu, the Asu Meya of Abaji, the monarch, who expressed displeasure over the way culture has disintegrated in Nigeria, regretted that Nigeria today is bedevilled by many vices that hitherto were not part of our culture; and that the only way to correct such ills was for organs of government like NICO to be fully empowered to carry out the cultural orientation mandate.

His words: “I am not particularly happy with the way our culture has disintegrated. The issue is very disheartening. I recall those days when Nigerians were living together peacefully, there were inter-ethnic marriages; people could move freely from North to South and vis-versa and there was religious tolerance among Nigerians.

“Today, these good cultures for which Nigeria was highly reputed have given way to foreign untoward cultures, which includes; killing; kidnapping; robbery; and even suicide bombings. These things were never known to us”.

His Royal Majesty, while advocating for proper funding of NICO by the government, called on the Institute to also brace up and work harder in orer to restore Nigeria to her lost glory, stressing that without NICO, the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture may be handicapped in selling our good cultures to the outside world.

While commending NICO for the theme of the lecture, which, he said, was very apt, the Monarch said considering the rate at which corruption has taken the centre stage in Nigeria, if there is no proper return to our culture through orientation, the war against corruption may just be fought half way.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES



Former Bayelsa SSG Hails Ayakoroma, Commends Government For His Appointment

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A former Secretary to Bayelsa State Government, Professor Steve Azaiki, has commended Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, for distinguishing himself as Executive Secretary/CEO, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), saying his visionary leadership at the apex cultural training institute in the country has made the Institute to stand out among other Parastatals of government.

Azaiki gave this commendation while delivering a goodwill message at the recent quarterly public lecture, organised by the Institute in Abuja, where the Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma, delivered a lecture on the theme: “Culture, Accountability and National Development”.

According to him, Ayakoroma is a man whose leadership style and organisational ability in all public positions he has held both in the past and present, will continue to endear him to Nigerians because he always dedicates his time, energy and resources towards turning around the fortunes of such an organisation.

His words: “I am proud to say I have been privileged to have worked directly with Ayakoroma and for the few years I worked with him, I can say he is one of the few people in Nigeria that makes me proud to be a Nigerian. This man dedicated his time, energy and resources during the entire period he was the Executive Director, Bayelsa State Council for Arts and Culture, to build a vibrant and very distinguished cultural centre; and today, he is one of our greatest prides in this country.

“I respect him because in spite of the many duties and demands of his then office and even now as Executive Secretary of NICO, he has continued to give his best as an academic, especially in the area of publishing”, he said.

While commending the Federal Government for appointing him as Chief Executive Officer of NICO, Prof. Azaiki said his appointment was indeed a square peg in a square hole, stressing that it is the reason why for the period he has held sway in NICO, as Executive Secretary, the Institute has distinguished itself as one of the few Parastatals of government in Nigeria that is incorruptible, upstanding, up and going.

He therefore expressed confidence that with the level Ayakoroma has built the Institute, there is no doubt that NICO is indeed equipped to play leading roles when it comes to policy formulations that can affect the country in the areas of culture and tradition.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES


Presenting NICO Public Lecture Shows We Are Proud Of NICO – Prof. Mainoma

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The Vice Chancellor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), Professor Muhammad Akaro Mainoma, has said his acceptance to present the public lecture, organised by the National Institute for Culture Orientation (NICO) on the theme: “Culture, Accountability and National Development”, is a clear indication that the University Management is proud of the Institute’s achievements in that past eight(8) years under the watch of Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who is a Visiting Associate Professor with the University.

Prof. Mainoma, who spoke to NICO News through Professor Emmanuel Dandaura, in a telephone interview, ahead of the public lecture, scheduled for Thursday, 5th October, 2017, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja-FCT, by 10am, said the general public stands to benefit so much from the lecture, because it promises to further remind and sensitise Nigerians on the potentials of culture in sustainable development role of the country.

According to him, accountability is one of the fundamental pillars of democracy and culture determines, to a large extent, the environment within which democracy will thrive; and addressing accountability as one of the components of democracy viz-a-viz its relationship with culture, means there is a lot the lecture will bring to bear in the sense that it is going to stimulate our thoughts.

“It is an opportunity for us to cross-fertilise ideas with people from the culture industry, sciences and social science sectors to see how we can appreciate the different dimensions of culture and how it relates to accountability and by extension, how it can boost our inspiration to live in a society where the will of the majority is recognized, especially at a time when we are negotiating the basis of our existence.

Further stressing the premium Nasarawa State University attaches to the programmes of NICO, Mainoma emphasised that, the recent approval for affiliation of the Institute’s Training School programmes with the University, is a clear indication that the University is proud to associate with the Institute.

His word: “I must tell you that it is not a mean feat for NICO Training School to be affiliated with NSUK. It takes a long process for such an application to be processed and approved. This is an issue that started since 2012 and we just concluded now. It tells you that the University was detailed and thorough about it. And I must tell you that this is one of the very few cases of affiliation with NSUK; so, the University attaches a lot of premium to the programmes of NICO and for NICO, a Federal Parastatal to have kept faith with NSUK, which is a state university, in terms of its interest in getting its Training School affiliated to us, shows that there is a lot of goodwill and understanding of the high profile the University has achieved, particularly in the area of culture”.

While calling on the Federal Government to retain the position of the Chief Executive Officer of NICO to the academics, Professor Mainoma applauded government’s choice of Prof. Ayakoroma as Executive Secretary of the Institute eight(8) years ago, saying it is only an academic or someone who understand what academic pursuits are that can consolidate the Institute’s achievements.

“NICO is the academic component of all the Parastatals under the Culture Ministry. Being the training organ, it requires a through breed academic to run it; and this is why I must say we are particularly happy with what has been happening in NICO in the past eight(8) years since Ayakoroma got there. You can see clearly that it has become the leading Parastatal in the culture sector in Nigeria. It is the flagship of that Ministry today and it is because he has been able to refocus it along the line of his academic direction. This is also because he has been able to bring on board the right resource persons from programme to programme that will attract the attention of Nigerians to that Parastatal”.

He therefore called on whoever that will be appointed to take over the baton of leadership in NICO, as Ayakoroma bows out to do everything possible to deepen the Institute’s programmes, saying the culture sector needs a creative person that can deepen and consolidate on programmes and open new frontiers in the same direction with which NICO has now been repositioned.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES



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.


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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

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