Nigerians Need To Be Culturally Sensitive, Says SA-ES

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IMG 20150901 112943The newly appointed Special Assistant to the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mr. Law Ikay Ezeh, has emphasized the need for Nigerians to be sensitive to other people’s cultures if they must make progress in a multi-ethnic country like Nigeria.

Ezeh, who made this call on Tuesday, 1st September, 2015 when he featured as guest in the “Living Room” on Bush House Nigeria, a live phone-in radio programme on Kapital 92.9FM in Abuja, anchored by Owigo Okolo, said understanding the different aspects and components of our diverse cultures is the beginning of our progress, as culture can be used as an instrument to foster peace and develop in the country.

Recently redeployed from his teaching job at NICO Training School, Lagos, where he was also Students Affairs Officer, Ezeh, responding to questions on what is expected of incoming students to the Training School, said apart from being culturally alert, there was also the need to understand our cultural diversity.

Continuing, he said: "I also talk to them about cultural diversity. You know people are coming from all over the country into Lagos, which is a different terrain; and when they come in, there are a lot of expectations and we need to let the students know so that they don’t get caught unaware because Lagos has its own culture."

According to him, it is only when Nigerians have knowledge about cultures and the understanding that it can go a long way in uniting the nation; that they will appreciate language, food and clothing as components of our culture, which have the capacity to unite us and bring about communication, stressing that it is only when we know that as human beings, there are things around us that we can use to develop and not depend on oil all the time.

IMG 20150901 112656He regretted that in Nigeria today, people are yet to fully appreciate our cultural diversity, which, he said, has to do with orientation saying it is the reason why NICO is trying to bridge the gap, averring that, "NICO has been defined as the change agent. We want to change all that mindset where you see yourself as an Igbo person and you don’t want to take on a Yoruba culture and the Yoruba person doing the same. NICO is doing everything possible to make sure that through our food, language and clothing, we make people to see that Nigeria is one; and whatever culture you find yourself in, adapt to that culture because one definition of culture says culture is the complex tool you must acquire if you must survive in the society."

To him, for one to understand the culture of a people, he or she needs to look out for the language of the people of the society they have found themselves, their dress codes and kinds of foods, saying if they have these three basic things, they can be welcome and be a part of those people.

His words: "If you wear their kind of dresses and eat their food, they welcome you and NICO is doing everything possible to ensure this because we have the indigenous language training where people come from different parts of the country to learn languages other than theirs. What we do under the NICO platform is that students don’t learn many languages at once, they just learn one that they have interest in because it is that interest that propels your knowledge so once you have interest in a language, you want to know the language.”

Ezeh stated that NICO will continue to do everything possible to propel culture, spread culture and take culture to everywhere, especially with the training of cultural officers, who come from different institutions with the essence of taking culture to the nooks and crannies of the country, so that people will understand that culture is not fetish or sorcery.

Caleb Nor & Jonathan N. Nicodemus

Corporate Affairs Unit

NICO, Abuja


FG Reiterates Commitment To Support Arts And Crafts Industry

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NKECH EJELEThe Federal Government has expressed determination to support the Arts and Crafts industry in Nigeria towards developing the capacity for the industry to undertake the supply of large volume and high standard products, which can effectively dominate the domestic market while excelling in the global market.

Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Mrs. Nkechi Ejele made this known on Thursday, 3rd September, 2015 while declaring open the 2015 special edition of the African Arts and Crafts Expo (AFAC), at the Arts and Crafts Village, Abuja-FCT, as part of programmes marking the 40th Anniversary of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC).

With the theme, "Stimulating the Economic Growth Potentials of the Cultural Industries," Ejele said the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to diversifying the productive capacity of the nation’s economy.

Her words: "The Nigerian Government under the able leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari will be particularly delighted to see this Fair fully exploit the innate capacity of our people, particularly those living in local government councils, women and youths who are the major drivers of most of the cottage industries."

According to her, if properly harnessed, the Expo can bring to the fore the economic opportunities that abound in the creative sector, which will, in turn, contribute significantly towards arresting youth restiveness, rural-urban drift, reduce poverty, unemployment and many other social vices, as the event provides a platform for craftsmen and women to interact, showcase and market their products as well as share ideas that would forge international cooperation and understanding.

DAYO KESHISpeaking earlier, the Director-General, NCAC, Mrs. Dayo Keshi said there was need for us as a nation to preserve, protect and promote our culture against the onslaught of globalization stressing that our culture represents who we are and the values we share.

"It is our identity and what makes us unique as a nation. In preserving and promoting our culture, we celebrate the bonds that bind us together and the strength if our diversity," she stated.

While maintaining that a nation's only real wealth is its cultural heritage, which must be preserved and fully exploited to preserve the nation's identity and natural comparative advantage, Keshi further said it was in recognition of the fact that our culture and crafts industry is an innovative platform to showcase artistry, craftsmanship and entrepreneurial skills that the Council organized the Expo as a way of contributing to the efforts of the present administration in its quest to look inwards towards developing the non-oil sector of the economy.

According to her, the theme of this year’s event seeks to explore, develop, market and generally leverage our rich and diverse crafts industry to contribute effectively to Government's efforts at job creation, youth empowerment and rural economic transformation.

States participating in the exhibition component of this year's AFAC include, Akwa Ibom, Gombe, Niger, Kaduna, Katsina, Sokoto, and Taraba; eleven countries participating include, Benin Republic, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Chad, Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Mexico, Niger Republic, Senegal and Taiwan; while two institutions of higher learning, the Federal Polytechnic, Owerri and Federal Polytechnic, Nekede have also taken exhibition stands at the event.

Sister parastatals under the culture ministry participating include the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), National Gallery of Art (NGA), National Orientation Agency (NOA), and Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC).

Dignitaries present at the opening ceremony were the High Commissioner from Jamaica to Nigeria, H.E. Ann Scott and First Secretary (Political), South African High Commission in Abuja, Sifiso Mangali; husband of the DG, NCAC, Ambassador Joe Keshi; Executive Secretary (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma; Director-General, National Gallery of Arts (NGA), Mr. Abdullahi Muku; Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri; Director General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Sir Ferdinand Anikwe; and the SA to the ES, NICO, Mr. Law Ezeh, among others.

Caleb Nor

Corporate Affairs Unit

NICO, Abuja

NICO Training School Re-Opens For Second Semester In 2014/2015 Session

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DSC 0018The Training School of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) in Lagos has resumed for its 2nd Semester in the 2014/2015 Academic Session on Monday, 27th July, 2015 as contained in the School’s Calendar of Events, with lectures starting on the same day.

The academic calendar also indicates that while examinations for the second semester for Diploma students in Cultural Administration will start on 2nd November, 2015, the examinations for Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Administration students is 9th November, 2015.

The 2nd Semester examinations for the session will end on 13th of November, 2015 and will be followed by Field School and Field Trip on 16th and 19th of November, 2015, respectively.

The Management of the School has advised students to comply with the various deadlines for the submission of Field Work peports, project defence, and the submission of final projects of the Diploma and Postgraduate Diploma programmes of the School.

Corporate Affairs Unit                                                                                                                            

NICO Training School

NICO Set To Host SONTA 2015

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buhariThe leadership of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), a parastatal of the Federal Ministry of Culture, Tourism and National Orientation has said it is ready to host the 28th edition of the Annual International Conference of the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA 2015).

A press release signed by Caleb Nor, on behalf of the Conference Convener and Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who is also an Associate Professor in Nasarawa State University, Keffi, and the Conference Convener, states that the conference with the theme: “Repositioning Nollywood for the Promotion of Nigeria’s Cultural Diplomacy and National Security,” is expected to have His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, as Special Guest of Honour.

The statement further states that His Excellency, Gen. Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (rtd), GCFR, former President, Federal Republic of Nigeria has graciously accepted to chair the occasion, while Professor Hyginus Ekwuazi of the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Ibadan, will be the Keynote Speaker.

babagindaAlso expected in attendance are stakeholders in the Nigerian film industry (Nollywood), especially those who have the craving for knowledge as their participation will sharpen their skills and further enable them match theory with practice.

The opening ceremony of the conference, which is designed to explore the linkages between Nollywood, Cultural Diplomacy and the current peace and security challenges militating against the country, will take place on Tuesday, 4th August, 2015 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja-FCT by 10am.

It is expected that SONTA 2015 will provide a veritable platform for the exchange of ideas among theatre arts lecturers from tertiary institutions of learning within and outside Nigeria on how to reposition Nollywood, the 2nd largest film industry in the world, in order for it to contribute significantly to the nation’s development in our quest to diversify the economy.

There is no gainsaying that Nigeria stands to gain a lot from an intellectual exercise like this where academics are coming for a discourse on how to move Nollywood industry forward with over eighty (80) research papers already uploaded on the conference website: for the public use.

Caleb Nor

Office of the ES

NICO HQ, Abuja

Mountains With 'Rainbow' Colour

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Participating countries on a trip to China for the “Seminar for Directors on Festivals and Arts from Developing Countries” were astonished to see various mountains displaying different colours from different views.

The mountains, known as, Danxia Mountain Park in Zhangye Province of China, were informed that the hips on different locations have attracted many tourists from different countries who want to have a look at this wonderful natural creation.

When one climbs the mountain, it may give him/her a green colour and when the tourist goes to have a look from another mountain nearby, it will change to either brown or red colour, just in the same way as all the mountains exhibit different colours at the same time.

The Chinese government has created an enabling environment for tourists to climb to the top of mountains in a less cumbersome way by constructing fanciful and solid pavements; thus, tourists can climb the mountains and have a close view.

With this, the Chinese government is having bumper revenue generation every year from tourists from all round the globe; it also creates jobs for the citizens.

Among the tourists from Nigeria were Mrs. Jane Anigala (Assistant Director Admin, NICO Abuja – team leader), Mrs. Chioma Duru (Zonal Coordinator, NICO South-East), Mr. Nnaemeka Nwajagu (State Coordinator, NICO Enugu) and Mrs. Susan Ogohi (NCAC).

Nnaemeka Nwajagu

Reporting from Zhangye, China

Creating Jobs Through Cultural Tourism

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The Chinese government has made outstanding improvements in creating many parks that has provided an enabling environment to bring economic development to the country; and the parks have been able to generate jobs for numerous citizens in China.

One of the parks, called, Zangye National Wetland Park, is located in the northern outskirts of Zangye city, with a total planning area of 4,133 hectares, and has functions of ecological experience, scientific education, and tourism and summer recreation.

Zhangye National Wetland Park has convenient transportation, perfect facilities, abundant ecological resources and diverse wetlands, unique and beautiful landscapes; the water is clear and green in spring, boundless greens full of eyes in summer, reed flowers waving in autumn, water and lake frozen in water, different seasons having different sceneries.

Square, boardwalk, viewing pavilions and other landscape facilities layout between reeds, streams and bushes, viewing platform, birds viewing kiosk, thatched pavilions, boats drifting centre, fishing park, red-crowned crane breeding centre, wetland museum and other tourism facilities, all these lay around the road of non-motorized vehicles just like emeralds set in the vast reed sea.

When one gets close to the wetlands, he/she feels nature and experiences the pristine Northwest wetland by taking battery-driven vehicle carriages and boats or by feet; there are about ten attractions to make one’s trip memorable in the wetland, such as walking on the boardwalk appreciating moon beside lotus pond, drifting, listening to birds singing, fishing, boating, playing on the beach, popularizing wetland science, viewing crane dancing and skating, and also enjoying a beautiful snow scene.

It was disclosed that the park is generating not less than 500,000 Yuan a day in the summer season to the Chinese economy.

Mrs. Gong Ping, an Associate Researcher in the Central Academy of Cultural Administration, Beijing used the opportunity of the visit to call on developing countries to try and emulate the Chinese government in developing their tourism resources for improved economic development.

Nnaemeka Nwajagu

Reporting from Zhangye, China

The Wonders of The Lanzhou Waterwheel

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The People Republic of China has used their indigenous cultural technological expertise to create a highly modernized invention, known as, the Lanzhou Waterwheel, which can irrigate over 1,800 hectares of land.

Invented by Mr. Duran Xu from Lanzhou Province in 1556 (the Ming Dynasty), the Lanzhou Waterwheel has been gradually perfected after successive improvements over the last 400 years.

According to Mr Young, who took participants of the International Cooperation Seminar on International Art Festival in Lanzhou, China, on a guided tour to the place, said the Lanzhou Waterwheel has a peculiar structure, exquisite handcraft and vigorous style; it raises water with skip bucket up to the canal for gravity irrigation while it is being propelled to turn round by automatic flow of water.

Lanzhou has been reputed as, "the Waterwheel Metropolis," as up to 1,952,252 Waterwheels are still standpoint along the two banks of Yellow River, otherwise known as, 'Mother River' by the Chinese people in Lanzhou, which has assumed magnificent view.

The delegations from the 18 participating countries present were amazed at such a magnificent invention.

Nnaemeka Nwajagu

Reporting from Lanzhou, China

Lanzhou – China Hosts The International Cooperation Seminar On International Art Festival

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As a mark of its being at the forefront of developing cultural festivals across the globe, the Chinese government has proved her commitment to sustaining this development by hosting the International Cooperation Seminar on International Art Festival in Lanzhou, China.

In his opening remarks, the Deputy Mayor of Lanzhou Municipal people government, Mr. Cao Piyu welcomed the participants to the epoch making festival seminar in a city surrounded by a great river, called, YELLOW RIVER, saying: "This seminar is being organized by the Chinese government for the participants to learn the culture of China."

Piyu disclosed that Lanzhou has traditional and modern culture and advised the participants to carefully utilize the opportunity to get better understanding of the Chinese people and the culture.

In an address by the Vice President of Central Academy of Cultural Administration (CACA), Beijing, Mr. Duan Zhouwu, the paper presentations from different countries was informed by the need for is the participants to share cultural festival experiences from the respective countries.

In the paper presentation, all the participating countries presented their own papers on diverse festivals in their countries in which Mrs. Jane Anigala, who led the team from Nigeria highlighted the various festivals in Nigeria to the audience, where she grouped the festivals into three, namely, Indigenous festivals, State festivals and National festivals.

She then called on the Chinese government for collaboration with Nigeria in developing and sustaining their various festivals, saying: "We call on you for collaboration in our diverse cultural festivals to harness them for socio-economic development;" just as she urged participants from all the 18 countries taking part in the seminar to come to Nigeria and have a good taste of the abundant, rich cultural festivals.

Nnaemeka Nwajagu

Reporting from Lanzhou, China

Lanzhou The City Of Expected Festival

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The much cherished and awaited Chinese cultural festival, the International Drum Culture and Art Week and the fourth session of China Lanzhou International Folk Art Week was opened on 3rd June, 2015 at the Jinchang Grand Theatre, Lanzhou.

Declaring the festival open, the President of Central Academy of Administration Mr. Zhang Xu, in his address, expressed how impressed he was by seeing over 300 people from all over the world present in the country for the sake of cultural festival.

Mr. Xu explained that the core objective of organising the festival is to promote the political, economic and social development of the country through the exposure of young talented youths to the world, saying that the festival has the power of attracting outside attention, strengthening the cultural exchange and mutual feeling.

In his speech at a welcome dinner party organized for the guests, the Vice Secretary of the Lanzhou Municipal Council, Mr. Zhang Chenggu, said that the activities and local characteristics of the Lanzhou Cultural Festival activities contribute to the society and give people at the grassroots a sense of belonging’ just as it provides the intellectual support and spiritual power for the city’s economic development.

Apart from the Chinese Performing Arts Group and Lanzhou Fatek Drum Dance Troupe that exhibited a dance drama, which captivated the interest of the audience, the event also attracted many countries performing troupes including, the Czech Republic Danjie folk ensemble, the Egypt El Arish Folk Song and Dance Troupe, the IOV Youth Division Dance Troupe of Indonesia, the Macedonia 'Tosca' Folk Dance Ensemble, the Russia Hurrah Ska Folk Dance Ensemble, the Sri Lanka Treasure Academy Dance Troupe, the Poland Kotu Ukraine Folk Dance Ensemble, the Uzbekistan Young Folk Song and Dance Troupe, among others.

The occasion was also graced by important personalities from the Peoples Republic of China and delegations from several countries, including Nigerian representatives, namely, Mrs. Jane Anigala (NICO), Mrs. Chioma Duru (NICO), Mr. Nnaemeka Nwajagu (NICO), and Mrs. Susan Ogohi (NCAC).

Nnaemeka Nwajagu

Reporting from Lanzhou, China

The Uniqueness Of Chinese Calligraphy

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Calligraphy is the art of writing using Chinese character; and its in China is closely associated with the special style of the Chinese characters, which has been in existence for the past 3000 years.

When writing Chinese characters, emphasis is placed on the change in the strip and lines as well as spacing between the characters.

Calligraphy is not only peculiar to Chinese cultural gem but also the elite and essence of the worldwide culture. Chinese calligraphy is an ancient art; it developed with the development of Chinese civilization. The most renowned calligraphers include Wang Xizhi, Wang Xianzhi, Zhang Xu and Yan Zhening.

Few people in this world own such a special art; calligraphy as an artistic creation has the profound and deep image, mysteries, special skills and commitment, as well as proficiency required in the day to day activities of the discipline.

Its spread and expansion did not draw much attraction in the previous centuries, mainly because of the uniqueness and creative ability required to function effectively as a calligrapher; but in the process of china’s civilization, the art basically was recognized as character element in the building of Chinese calligraphy, and it has since then been transmitted as an art form from generation to generation.

It takes several years for ordinary individual to learn the character because of the skills and creativity that is involved in the writing process. The art of inscription on bones and bronzes, big seal and small seal, its composition and structure in the early period had really helped the spread of calligraphy beyond the shores of China.

The art of calligraphy forms the poetic structure of this art form. This is demonstrated by virtues of agility, stability and levity of brush strokes. The calligrapher’s brush is the extension of his hand and the deliberate slowness, motion, pause, and transition which are all mastered by calligrapher, shows the objectiveness, flexibility, emotion and sentiments.

Calligraphy reflects their life experiences, self-cultivation and passion. And as the saying goes, “the calligraphy is equal to the calligrapher’s personality and cultivation, and the expression of the calligrapher’s inner self.”

In summary, calligraphy reflects the fundamental character of Chinese art. Chinese painting and calligraphy distinguish themselves from other cultural art forms, because they emphasize motion and it is a reflection Chinese culture.

Segun Adegbaju

Asst. Director, O&C


(From Beijing, China)

ICA Confers Fellowship Award On NICO’s Finance Director

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ICA Confers Fellowship Award On NICO’s Finance Director

The Director of Finance and Accounts of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Mr. Gordson Igbo Ordu, has been conferred with a Fellowship Award of the Institute of Credit Administration (ICA), at its Quarterly Induction Ceremony held at the Protea Hotel, Westwood, Awolowo Road, Ikoyi-Lagos on Saturday, 20th June, 2015.

The inductees and guests' appetite was also wet with two lectures, first, by Mr. Ozulumba Godfrey (FICA), a veteran banker, in a paper, titled, “The Effects of Maintaining Best Practices (Standard and Ethics) of Credit Management in Financial Institutions.”

In his paper, Ozulumba gave an historical narrative of the banking industry in Nigeria, arguing that credit was the bedrock of every banking institution; and that for credit management practitioners to be effective in the discharge of their duties, they needed to be on the toes of their clients.

Another seasoned banker, Mr. Omotayo Ajani (FICA), delivered the second lecture, titled, “Credit Markets in Developing Countries: A Case Study of the Manufacturing Industries in Nigeria,” in which he averred that, high cost of credit, fiscal and macro-economic instability, lack of long term funds, large informal sector, poor credit culture, among others, were part of the challenges facing the manufacturing sector in Nigeria.

In the recommendations he proffered in the paper, Ajani advised on the need to establish credit bureaus with robust and effective ICT platforms, and that such databases will avail lenders the necessary information about borrowers.

The question and answer session offered Nico’s Director of Finance of Accounts, Mr. Godson Ordu the opportunity to enlighten the gathering on the centrality of culture to national development, saying that there were cultural dimensions to credit management; and he urged them, especially ICA and inductees to look for areas of collaboration with the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), which has the core mandate to sensitize Nigerians on such matters.

The NICO Finance Director was conferred with a Fellowship status along with 47 others, while 25 and one other person were conferred with Member and Associate Member status, respectively.

The Institute of Credit Administration is Nigeria’s only recognised professional credit management body, solely dedicated to the provision of micro and macro credit management education, award of specialist qualifications, development of skills and capacity building of people involved in everyday management of trade, financial, consumer and business credit management in Nigeria.

Lanre Arepo

Corporate Affairs

NICO TS, Lagos

Management Approves Exam Time-Table For Students

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With less than two weeks to the end of the month of June, the Management of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), has approved the time-table for the 1st Semester examination for students’ of the Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA) currently on studies in the Institute’s Training School, Abuja Study Centre.

According to the time-table, as released by the School Academic Office, the examinations are slated for Monday, 29th June, 2015 and it would end on Friday, 10th July, 2015, spanning of two weeks with one paper written per day.

In line with the above, therefore,  the Coordinator of the NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Mrs. Regina Onouha has approved Supervisors/Invigilators for the exams with a charge to be just, fair, firm and resolute in their duties.

Briefing the affected officers on Thursday, 18th June, 2015 at the Institute’s Head Office in preparation for the forth coming exams, she warned that there would be dire consequences should anyone of them compromises and is found wanting in his/her duties.

In a similar development, the Head, Academic Unit of the Study Centre, Mr. Pat Obi Nwagbo, read out the names on the roaster to include, Chief Examiner as the Coordinator of the Centre, Mrs. Regina Onuoha; the Supervisors are Mr. Pat Obi Nwagbo, Ms. Alice Ogbedu, Mr. Abubakar Nuru, Mr. Isaac Oyewole and Mrs. Pat Item; while invigilators include Mr. Philemon Udeh, Mrs. Sandra Omogiade, Miss Stella Anammah, Miss Sheila Mberru, Mrs. Phoebe Okebudeh, Mrs. Amaechi Chinwe and Mrs. Elizabeth Kumuyi.

When asked to throw more light on the level of preparedness for the exams, the Head, Exams & Records, Mrs. Phoebe Ikebudeh responded in the affirmative, assuring that all materials for the exams were received and they have also undergone the requisite training under the Unit which would enhance their effective performances as required.

Philemon Udeh

Corporate Affairs

NICO Training School

Abuja Study Centre 

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