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In the first section which is for “Unpublished Poems”, authors are required to send only one unpublished, never prized poem each, written in their mother tongue accompanied with a translation in English, Spanish, French or Italian, with a maximum of 40 lines.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For the second section, authors are to present one unpublished and never prized dramatic work (Monologue or Dialogue between two (2) people) with a maximum of five (5) pages and not more than 10,000 characters; while a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

NICO HQ, Abuja-FCT

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.

Njideka Dimgba

Corporate Affairs

NICO Abuja-FCT

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

NICO HQ, Abuja-FCT

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 HQ, Abuja-FCT

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

NICO HQ, Abuja-FCT

Nasarawa State Government Reiterates Support For The Traditional Institution

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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

NICO HQ, Abuja-FCT

Use Indigenous Language As Medium Of Instruction To Promote Deeper Understanding – Nwajagu

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The Head of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Enugu State Office, Mr. Nnaemeka Nwajagu, has called on the relevant authorities to revisit the nation’s educational policy, so as to integrate Nigerian Indigenous Languages as media of instruction in schools, adding that such gesture would enhance better learning outcomes.

Speaking on behalf of the Executive Secretary of NICO, Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, at the opening ceremony of the 5th edition of the 4-week long vacation Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP), at the Board Room of NICO Enugu State Office, located at Old CCB Building, No. 60 Okpara Avenue, Enugu, on Tuesday, 1st of August, 2017, Mr. Nwajagu cited the example of China that has a high growth rate and technological advancement.

He noted that communication in the indigenous languages in a multi-lingual society breeds peaceful co-existence and harmony; and seized the opportunity to intimate participants and invited guests that the four weeks Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) and the sixteen weeks Weekend Indigenous Language Programme (WILP), which hold annually in August and September to December, respectively, are cardinal programmes of the Institute in pursuit of its mandate to harness culture for national development.

On his part, the Director of Administration, Enugu State Ministry of Education, Mr. Mike Ugwu, who represented the State Honourable Commissioner for Education, Prof. Uche Ezeh, while thanking NICO for the leading role in cultural re-awakening, expressed his disappointment at the lukewarm attitude of Nigerians towards their indigenous languages, especially those of Igbo extraction, citing the continued practice of monarchy in England as an expression of culture and development.

In a vote of thanks, HOD Orientation and Cultural Affairs, NICO Enugu, Mr. Austin Okezie, thanked the guests for finding time to attend the programme, despite their tight schedules, and admonished participants to eschew truancy, indolence and lateness to class, pointing out that participants stand to gain a lot from the programme, which is free of charge.

The ceremony, which had in attendance, the Enugu State Sector Commandant and Deputy Commandant, Nigeria Peace Corps, Messrs. Ejike Eze and Raphael Onah, featured traditional breaking of the kola nut, sign-posting long life, fertility, love and peace.

As at the time of this report, sixty eight (68) participants had formally registered for Igbo, Hausa, Izon and Tiv classes.

Frank Ariwera Otobo

NICO Enugu State Office

Ayakoroma Congratulates Emir Of Karshi Over Staff Of Office

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The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has congratulated the Emir of Karshi, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Dr. Sani Mohammed Bako III, ahead of the presentation of Staff of Office to him as 1st Class traditional ruler in Nasarawa State.

In a congratulatory letter, with the caption, “Congratulations on the Presentation of Staff of Office”, dated 2nd August, 2017, Ayakoroma expressed confidence in the ability of HRH Sani Bako III to bring visionary leadership to the people of the Emirate.

The letter reads in part, “I wish to, on behalf of the Management and Staff of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), heartily congratulate you on the occasion of the official presentation of Staff of Office, as a 1st Class traditional ruler, by His Excellency, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State.

“There is no doubting the fact that the formal presentation of the Staff of Office to you will further propel you to bring your wealth of experience to bear towards repositioning the Emirate Council and indeed, giving the entire people of the Emirate the visionary leadership you are endowed with”.

He further maintained that the Institute is glad to have a close working relationship with the monarch over the years; and prayed Almighty God to grant him wisdom and good health to transform the Emirate Council.

The presentation of the Staff of Office the Emir of Karshi, His Royal Highness, Alhaji Dr. Sani Mohammed Bako III, by His Excellency, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, the Executive Governor of Nasarawa State, is scheduled to hold on Sunday, 6th August, 2017 at Government Secondary School, Karshi, Nasarawa State, by 10am and the Management and Staff of NICO are expected to be in attendance.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES

NICO HQ, Abuja-FCT

NICO Gombe Also Kick Starts 5Th Edition Of NILP

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The Gombe State Office of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) has also kick started the 2017 edition of the Nigerian Indigenous Languages Programme (NILP), being the 5th in the series, since the creation of the State office.

In his welcome address at the opening ceremony of the programme, the NICO State Coordinator, Malam Mohammed Yahaya Sanda, highlighted the objectives and importance of the Institute, emphasising its mandate of harnessing culture for national development.

He further reiterated the importance of the NILP, which, he maintained, was an effort towards safeguarding our indigenous languages, being the medium through which culture is transmitted from one generation to the other, as a way of protecting them (our indigenous languages) from going into extinction.

He therefore thanked the participants and urged them to pay serious attention to all the teachings they will be receiving for the next one month and put all the knowledge they acquire in the course of the programme into constant practice.

The programme, which started in earnest on Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017 in Gombe, had a large turn-out as participants who registered for the one-month long language programme cut across sister federal agencies in the state including, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and other well-meaning Nigerians.

The NILP in Gombe this year features three languages, namely, Hausa, Yoruba and Fulfulde, and runs concurrently with all other offices of the Institute across the country with various indigenous languages from August 1st-31st, 2017.

Comfort Onoja

Cooperate Affairs Unit

NICO, Gombe State

NICO Minna Kick-Starts 5th Edition Of NILP

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An indigenous language is a language that is native to a region and spoken by the indigenous people; but many indigenous people worldwide have stopped passing on their native languages to the next generation and have instead adopted the majority language, as part of their acculturation into majority cultures revealing their vulnerability.

Little wonder then that, the United Nations (UN) proclaimed 2019 the International Year of Indigenous Languages to draw attention of member nations to the critical loss of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote the indigenous languages.

It is in the above light that, the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) organizes the 4-week long vacation Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) annually throughout its zonal and state offices in the six geo-political zones of the country.

At the opening of this years’ programme at the NICO Minna State Office, the 5th edition in the series, the State Coordinator, Mrs. Olufunke Ndukwe, urged participants to use the 4-week programme very seriously to learn and acquire more knowledge about other languages to foster unity among the different ethnic groups in the country.

      

The State Coordinator further advised parents on the need to give their children/wards the opportunity to participate in the one month vacation programme, which is taking place at the U. K. Bello Arts Theatre complex premises, Minna, Niger State, to learn more about their or other languages.

In his address, the HOD, Orientation and Cultural Affairs, NICO Minna, Mallam Sidi Aliyu Galadima, thanked staffers of NICO and the participants for making the event colourful, and stressing that the programme is very important to all strata of the Nigerian society.

  

Mallam Galadima also used the opportunity to introduce the resource persons for the various languages to be taught in the study centre, which include, Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, Gbagyi, Nupe and Kamuku, with each of the resource persons giving brief introduction on their backgrounds.

The study programme, however, commenced immediately with the Igbo language resource person, Mrs. Obi Miriam.

Aminat Asaburu & Peter Gift

Corporate Affairs

NICO, Minna

NICO To Conduct 2017 Promotion Exams

Written by Dr. Barclays Posted in nico news

The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) is set to conduct examination for staffers eligible for promotion in 2017 to the next cadre in line with extant civil service guidelines.

The exercise, which is scheduled for Saturday, 29th July, 2017, with a total number of two hundred and eight (208) candidates participating, is expected to hold simultaneously in seven (7) centres across the country.

Information obtained from the Director of Administration and Human Resources, Alhaji Ibrahim Husseini, indicates that while the examination exercise for staffers in Abuja, Head office holds at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Education Resource Centre (ERC), Wuse Zone 7, staffers from the South-West zonal office will write the exams in Akure, Ondo State; South-East (Owerri); South-South (Yenagoa); North-West (Katsina); North-Central (Ilorin), and Lagos Liaison Office and Training School (Lagos).

From the above-mentioned locations, Abuja has eighty eight (88) candidates; South-West Zonal Office has eleven (11); South-East has twenty three (23) while the South-South Zonal Office has seventeen (18) candidates; North-West Zone has eight (8) candidates; Lagos Liaison Office has fifty (50); while the North-Central Zonal office has ten (10) candidates only.

It will be recalled that last year, NICO introduced simultaneous conduct of promotion examinations for staffers in all the Zonal and State offices as well as the Abuja Head office of the Institute instead of converging staffers from all over the locations to Abuja for the exercise.

The promotion examination exercise, as has been with other editions and in line with the approved establishment vacancies for the Institute for 2017, is expected to be conducted strictly on the basis of competitive merit from amongst all eligible candidates.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES

NICO HQ, Abuja FCT

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