Prof. Oshita Advocates Use Of Restorative Justice In Nigeria

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The Director-General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR), Prof. Oshita Oshita, has called for the use of Restorative Justice (RJ) in the country, saying it is a sure way to go if the Nigerian state must be accountable and render peace with justice for perpetrators as well as victims of crime.

Oshita made this call, while delivering his address at the opening ceremony of the 5th International Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference, organized by the Institute in collaboration with the Centre for African Peace and Conflict Resolution (CAPCR) and the California State University, Sacramento, USA, at the Rotunda Conference Hall, Tafawa Balewa House, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja, on the theme, “Restorative and Community Justice: Challenges, Lessons and Prospects”.

According to him, the component of restorative justice in community healing is unavoidable, especially in a situation today, where perpetrators of violence in many Nigerian communities, are released to face their own victims in the same communities.

His words: “Nigeria cannot afford to ignore the utility of restorative justice in contemporary conflict resolution and restoration, particularly in dealing with memories of the past. This is part of what ICPR and its partner, CAPCR, have captured in the broad national infrastructure for peace, which we want to mirror in this conference”.

Continuing, Prof. Oshita said: “The vast majority of contemporary violent conflicts have been resolved through culture-relevant negotiated settlement, using relevant insider mediators or professional facilitators”.

The DG, who maintained that restorative justice is an essential part of peace building that is not known to many people, regretted that although peace building is a very broad aspect of social engineering, community resilience and reconstruction, practitioners are often times unable to explain it in details.

To him, restorative justice, as an important part of the peace building process, focuses more on healing, building and rebuilding of communities for both offenders and victims in the short, medium and long terms, and that Nigeria must design a context relevant model of restorative justice for the state and society to be accountable and render peace with justice for perpetrators as well as victims of crime.

Similarly speaking, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, one time Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations, who chaired the occasion, corroborated the position of the DG, saying that restorative justice is a very important and critical tool for conflict resolution and peace building.

He said: “If you look at statistics, more that 50 per cent of conflicts and civil wars reoccur. So, what the international communities and all of us should do is to establish peace that endures. In other words, once peace is established in conflict situations, the parties do not return to wars and conflicts. That is why peace building is very important and restorative justice is a very key element of a peace building that endures.

“When we are addressing the issue of restorative justice as an idea, we have to also look for the implementation of the idea. In Nigeria, we have had policy decisions that address threat to reality of conflicts resolution but they are often left unimplemented. If you look at many of the challenges we are facing today, it is not the shortage of ideas but the shortage of implementation of recommendations and ideas”.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs, His Excellency Ambassador Sola Enikanolaiye, commended ICPR for putting up such a conference, saying since the establishment of the Institute, it has been in the forefront of promoting peace and conflict resolution in Nigeria and Africa.

While saying that the conference will help to examine the status and efficacy of restorative justice and community-based systems of social accountability and response to criminal or violent conflicts in Africa, Enikanolaiye maintained that the forum will also be able to provide a consistent platform, link exponential leadership and academic discourse in order to constructively influence policy decisions and direction, with the view of enhancing good governance in the African continent.

Other dignitaries present at the event were the Chair, Division of Criminal Justice and Director, CAPCR, California State University, Sacramento, USA, Prof. Ernest Uwazie; Dr. Willie Eselebor of the Institute for Peace and Security Studies (IPSS), University of Ibadan, Nigeria; and the Coordinator, African Ladies Peace Initiative, Mrs. Beatrice Bassey, among others.

The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma was represented at the event by NICO’s Acting Director, Research and Documentation, Mr. Mike Ekoko.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES


Believers Should Rejoice Always – Pst. Olorunisola

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The Zonal Pastor, Faith and Miracle Zone, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Karu, Abuja-FCT, Pastor Kehinde Olorunisola, has admonished the Christian Fellowship of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), NICO Prays, to always rejoice in the Lord for His saving grace upon mankind from our perishing state.

Stating this at the NICO Prays Mid-Year Thanksgiving Fellowship, which took place at the Institute's head office, at No. 23, Kigoma Street, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja-FCT, on Wednesday, 12th of July, 2017, Pastor Olorunisola, ministering on the topic: ''Rejoice in the Lord'', which was taken from the Book of Philippians chapter 4 vs 4, reiterated that thanksgiving was very important for every believer, because it was superior to happiness and as people of God, there was every need to be joyful.

Taking another scripture from the Book of Psalms chapter 20 vs 5, the pastor further pointed out the risks of being a Christian, which are high at these perilous times; and that every Christian should strive to stand firm and fast in the Lord.

Making reference to the Book of John chapter 16 vs 33, he further stressed the need for peace in the lives of Christians, which can only be given by Jesus Christ alone; and adding that, there are a lot of tribulations in the world but with Jesus Christ, there is peace.

On his part, the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, thanked the visiting pastor for coming to the fellowship and ministering the word to the glory of God.

In appreciation and thanksgiving to God, the NICO boss recounted the Lord's numerous blessings and how far He has seen him through as well as the Institute since his appointment in 2009 to date.

His words: “I want to thank God for his blessings because by 28th November, 2017, at midnight, I will be 8years in NICO; so, it is a thing of thanksgiving. I want to thank God for the success of NICO programmes this year. We were in Enugu for the traditional rulers' conference, Minna for dress culture, and Lagos for the Children programme, which I attended. For your information, these programmes we organized this year are programmes in the 2016 budget.... Our prayer is that as God did it in 2016, He will do it again in 2017”.

Prof. Ayakoroma seized the opportunity to intimate the fellowship members that the letter of affiliation of the Training School with the Nasarawa State University (NSUK) will be given to the Institute very soon, praying that God who had started the process will conclude it so that the NICO Training School will be better repositioned for improved and effective productivity.

The thanksgiving fellowship had in attendance former Director-General, Nigerian Copyright Commission, Mrs. Lauretta Njoku; Director, Orientation and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Alex Omijie; Head, Finance and Account, Pastor Alfred Ogbe Herbert; Asst. Director, Orientation and Chaplain, NICO Prays, Pastor Segun Adegbaju; Deputy Director, Admin and Human Resources, Mrs. Jane Anigala; and Asst. Director, Research, Mrs. Maria Okpuzor, among others.

Njideka Dimgba

Office of the ES


NICO Gets Accolades From Royal Fathers At Quarterly Public Lecture

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The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) has been commended by traditional rulers, university dons, culture enthusiasts and stakeholders, for organising the 2nd edition of the 2017 Quarterly Public Lecture Series, which held at the Shehu Yar'Adua Centre, Abuja-FCT, on Monday, 10th July, 2017, with the theme, “Promoting Culture, Developing the Economy”.

One of such commendations was from Chief (Dr.) Samson Gamu Yare, Chun Mada, Nasarawa State, the Royal Father of the Day, who, in his goodwill message, said contributing to culture was apt, especially at a time like this when the country was experiencing economic recession and there was the need for all hands to be on desk to drive culture to its enviable height; and that NICO has also done well by publishing the maiden edition of its journal, CultureScope.

Also contributing, Alhaji Shaban Audu, Nizazo III, the Etsu of Kwali, FCT-Abuja, thanked NICO for organising such an important public lecture, because, to him, the lecture was apt; and that as a former student of the Institute’s indigenous language programme in Lagos, he considered indigenous language as a sine qua non for children because if they are taught with indigenous languages our schools, they will understand the foreign language or other subjects taught in English better.

He, therefore, called on the Honourable Minister of Education to give the right of indigenous language orthography for teachers to use indigenous languages in teaching in schools, just as he urged all and sundry to imbibe the culture of speaking our indigenous languages every time.

In a similar vein, a monarch from Bayelsa State, HRM King Okpoitari Diongoli, Opu Okun IV of Opokuma Kingdom, Kolokuma/Opokuma Local Government Area, aligning himself with the other monarchs, applauded NICO for the lecture series, stressing that Nigerian culture and language are what tell who we are, and that over 50 years of Westernisation, it was high time Nigerians took their destiny in their own hands; and also promising that as a monarch, he will interface with the Institute to promote our culture.

Earlier in his remark, the Regional Director, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Mr. Yao Ydo, who was represented by the UNESCO Country Programmes Officer (Culture), Mr. Ifeanyi Ajaegbu, said that UNESCO was delighted to be part of the critical discourse under the auspices of NICO.

He said that, the theme of the quarterly public lecture series was apt and timely for UNESCO to further speak directly to two out of the five aspirations articulated in the African Union Agenda 2063, since NICO was keeping faith with its mandate to promote “positive cultural values and harnessing culture for national development has achieved monumental milestones in effecting a sense of cultural direction and relationship to meet the challenges of social integration, unity, peaceful co-existence and self-reliance for national development”.

He disclosed that, Aspiration One (1) in the African Union Agenda 2063 is about actualising a prosperous Africa that is based on “inclusive growth and sustainable development”; while Aspiration five (5) envisages an Africa with “a strong cultural identity”; adding that it is hoped that with the event, culture's immense contribution to sustainable national development will continue to be recognized.

Speaking, as one of the guests and representative of the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA), Professor Shamshudeen O. O. Amali, former Vice Chancellor, University of Ilorin and Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), commended NICO saying, “I want to Dr. Barclays Ayakoroma and his NICO team, for using this occasion to promote culture because this occasion is not just for Nigeria but Africa and the world. In Africa, we are known for culture; that is what we export and that is what we are known for.”

Furthermore, Hon. Moh’d Kabir Ajanah, a Member of the Federal House of Representatives from Kogi State, added his voice to encourage culture officers and stakeholders to look inward and see how culture can contribute to the economic diversification for the country, starting from our homes, where visitors are given our art works and crafts, as souvenirs when they visit and local delicacies in place of burger and pizza for entertainment of such guests.

The Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu, an erudite scholar and double professor (of Science Education and Media and Cultural Communication), delivered the lecture, entitled, “Commodification of Culture: The Political Economy of the Hausa Popular Cultural Industries”; just as the NICO Cultural Troupe spiced up the event with a drama sketch and a cultural dance, and it had MC Miracle was the anchor.  

It would be recalled that the 1st edition of the 2017 Quarterly Public Lecture Series was delivered by the Executive Governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017, also at Shehu Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja-FCT, under the distinguished Chairmanship of Senator Matthew Urhoghide, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism.

Njideka Dimgba

Corporate Affairs Unit


Lai Mohammed Calls For Emulation Of Cooperation Amongst Asian Countries

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The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on Nigerians to emulate the warm cooperation existing among Asian countries, saying there is need to come together in order to build a united nation.

Lai Mohammed made this call at the opening ceremony of the 1st edition of the Asian Film Festival-Nigeria 2017, which held at the Chinese Cultural Centre, Abuja, the Federal capital Territory, on Monday, 3rd July, 2017.

Represented by the Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Hussani Dayar, the Minister said the coming together of Asian countries to organize such a cultural programme is an initiative worth emulating.

His words: “It is a very good initiative; and as a nation, we have been challenged and impressed by this show of cooperation existing among the Asian countries. This event, I believe, will allow us to see the culture of the various Asian countries”.

Lai Mohammed, who acknowledged that Nigeria is a diversified nation, maintained that there is still the need for close collaboration between all our regions.

He was of the view that at a time nations of the world are coming together to form Mega Alliances, Nigeria does not need to live in isolation; and that as a matter of urgency, the country must learn from the experience of the Asian countries.

In his speech, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, H.E. Mr. Zhou Pingjian, said that the film festival will serve as a good platform to promote Nollywood, Nigeria’s film industry, stressing that the industry is not only famous in Nigeria but also in Africa and indeed the entire world.

According to him, there is the need to come together under such platform to give the different countries the opportunity to understand each other better; and disclosing that, as diversified as Asia is, the Asian countries have still come together to showcase the continent’s film industry to Nigeria, believing that Nigeria too, though a diversified country, can also communicate very well with Asia through the film industry.

While appreciating the contributions of the Nigerian film industry to the world, Pingjian said just as we have Nollywood in Nigeria, Asia has a very good film industry and it will be a good idea to show films together to help Nigerian friends and the Asian people understand themselves better.

On his part, veteran Nollywood actor, Francis Duru, who spoke to journalists on the importance of the festival, said it was indeed a platform for inter-cultural exchange between the Asian countries and Nigeria, where the film industry in Nigeria can also extend tentacles to other nations that have big film industries.

His words: “By virtue of what Nollywood has done to the country in retrospect, building or respecting our culture, exposing our cultural heritage and the potentials that lie in this industry, it is worthwhile they have organized such a festival, which goes a long way to cement the relationship between the countries involved”.

He observed that coming at a time most Nigerians are speaking disintegration, the Asian countries are coming together to celebrate their unity and togetherness, adding that the festival is therefore time for us to think around the strength that brings us together as a people, stressing that if a people outside can see it and understand it, it will be an embarrassment that will go deep into splitting the thing that brings us together.

Duru maintained that Nollywood, on its own, has already taken a stand to be a rallying point for unity and cultural exchange in order to celebrate the heritage of Nigeria and will always accommodate anybody from any part of the globe who comes to say: “Let’s do this because we have all it takes to do more”.

Diplomats present at the occasion included the Korean Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Mr. Noh Kyu-duk; Counsellor of the Indonesian Embassy in Nigeria, Her Excellency Mdm. Tuty Dityawanty; the Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of Thailand in Nigeria, His Excellency Mr. Sakeson Sarobol; Vietnamese Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Mr. Pham Anh Tuan; High Commissioner of Malaysia to Nigeria, His Excellency Mr. Lim Juay Jin; Philipine Ambassador to Nigeria, Her Excellency Shirley Ho Vicario; Iranian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Mr. Morteza Rahimi and Japanese Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency Sadanobu Kusaoke amongst others.

Among Chief Executives of Culture present were the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who was represented by the Acting Director, Research and Documentation, Mr. Mike Ekoko; and the Director-General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES

NICO HQ, Abuja



NICO Presents 2nd Quarterly Public Lecture For 2017

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The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) is set to organize the 2nd edition of its Quarterly Public Lecture for the year, on the theme, “Promoting Culture, Developing the Economy”.

A press release signed by Caleb Nor, on behalf of the Executive Secretary of NICO, Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, states that the NICO Quarterly Public Lecture, which is scheduled to take place on Monday, 10th July, 2017, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja-FCT, is expected to be delivered by the Vice Chancellor, National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Professor Abdalla Uba Adamu.

The release further states that while the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, will be Special Guest of Honour; the Regional Director, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Mr. Yao Ydo, will be the Chairman on the occasion; and the Chun Mada, Nasarawa State, Chief (Dr.) Samson Gamu Yare, will be the Royal Father of the Day.

It will be recalled that NICO organized the first edition of the Quarterly Public Lecture for the year on 3rd March, in Abuja, which had the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, as the Distinguished Guest Lecturer.

Just as the NICO Public Lecture series serves as a medium for intellectual discourse on topical issues, as they relate to the culture sector, it is also a veritable platform that has continued to give the Institute’s Training School more visibility that will encourage patronage.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES


Use Theatre Practice To Promote Nigerian Dress Culture, Ayakoroma Tells Theatre Artists

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The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has urged theatre artists to promote Nigerian dress culture using their numerous functions as culture administrators, ambassadors, activists, entertainers and performers.

He stated this at the Arts Theatre of Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), on Friday, 23rd June, 2017, at the occasion of “Culture Week 2017” of the Theatre and Cultural Studies Students Association (TACSSA) of the University, just as he was given an award of recognition by the students.

Prof. Ayakoroma, who was represented by the Coordinator, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Dr. (Mrs.) Regina Onuoha, said the need to give Nigerian dress culture attention by theatre practitioners is imperative because apart from enhancing the beauty of the theatre, as elegant and expressive costumes, Nigerian dresses add value to Nigerian culture, contribute to the Nigerian economy, and could provide jobs in the textile industry.

The ES added that decent dressing edifies a society and that theatre cannot do without the society just as the society cannot do without the theatre, saying, “theatre gets the material it showcases to the audience from the society. These materials are from the culture of the people, such as the characters, the costumes, and all elements of drama and theatre. So, the point is that culture is expressed through the use of theatre. This is why the theatre practitioner is a cultural ambassador. He is one person rolled into many roles. He is a teacher; he is a philosopher; and he is an artist.”

He also called on artists not to neglect the use of indigenous languages in the profession, because it is very important for Nigerian children, as it will also help the languages not go into extinction, adding that it will help playwrights to excel, because renowned writers like Wole Soyinka, Chinua Achebe, Ola Rotimi, Femi Osofisan, Olu Obafemi, Zulu Sofola, and so on, were good in their native languages.

Recalling NICO’s efforts through the promoting Nigerian Dress Culture programmes and, of course, Nigerian Dress Days, which staffers are already adhering to by adorning native dresses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Prof. Ayakoroma observed that the efforts of the Institute are receiving the attention of the Federal Government, stressing that, “these efforts can receive tremendous support of the general public if theatre practitioners are constant in their portrayal of Nigerian dresses in their plays on stage and the film medium.”

In his remarks, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of NSUK, Prof. Inuwa Fodio, represented by the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof A. A. Alagbe, commended the students for upholding and celebrating Nigerian culture, saying that the diversity of Nigeria is its strength as a nation.

On her part, the Head, Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies, NSUK, Hajia Lantana Ahmed, said lecturers are really impressed with the students for organizing the event, adding that it has proved that the students will be good culture ambassadors and will portray the department and the whole university in a very good light after their graduation.

The event, which was spiced by music, dance, comedy and drama sketches by the students, also featured presentation of special awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to the development of the theatre profession to Prof. Barclays Ayakoroma and others, including Prof. Emman Dandaura, Prof. Gowon Ama Doki, Dr. Suru Damisa, Mr. Daniel Chikada, and others by TACSSA.

Dignitaries who graced the event were the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Inuwa Fodio, represented by the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof. A. A. Alagbe; Prof. (Mrs.) F. E. Ukeje of the Department of French; former Dean, Student Affairs; Benue State University, Makurdi, Prof. Gowon Ama Doki; pioneer Head, Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies, NSUK, Prof. Emman Dandaura; Head, Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies, NSUK, Hajia Lantana Ahmed; Head, Department of English, Assoc. Prof. Terhemba Shija; Dr. Suru Damisa and Mr. Daniel Chikada, lecturers in Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies, as well as the TACSSA President, NSUK, Mr. James Ochayi, among others.

Those in the entourage of Dr. Regina Onuoha, the representative of the ES, NICO, were Head of Academics, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Mr. Nwagbo Patrick Obi; Head of Protocol, ES Office, Mr. Ibrahim Malgwi, and the PA to the Coordinator, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Queenette Idika.

Nwagbo Pat Obi

NICO Training School

Abuja Training Centre  

NCMM Celebrates Return Of Lost Treasures In An Exhibition Of Repatriated Artefacts

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The National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), on Thursday, 15th June, 2017, organised what it termed, “The Return of the Lost Treasures: An Exhibition of Repatriated Artefacts”, at the National Museum, Onikan, Lagos.

Welcoming guests at the event, the Director-General, NCMM, Alhaji Yusuff Abdallah Usman, said the occasion was to celebrate the success so far recorded on the return of our cultural properties that were looted or stolen over the years and adorning museums, galleries and private homes abroad.

He enumerated the efforts made by NCMM at recovering these items in collaboration with foreign institutions, acknowledging the immense support of the Honourable Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and contributions of past CEOs of NCMM, the Director of Hamburg Museum, Dr. Barbara Plankensteiner, and many others; and he also appealed to museums and public institutions around the world illegally holding on to Nigerian antiquities to hand them over to NCMM.

The technical session, which was moderated by Mr. Olaniyi Taiwo, had a panel of discussants, namely, Prof. Folarin Shyllon (UNESCO), Prof. Jean M. Borgatti (University of Benin), and Mr. Pierre Cherruou (Cultural Attaché, French Embassy); and the topic was, “Illicit Trafficking of Cultural Properties”.

Prof. Shyllon, in his contribution, opined that each country should have agents that can stop illicit trafficking in cultural properties, saying INTERPOL has excellent data base of stolen artworks, and advocated the setting up of a Special Police Force Unit, in line with INTERPOL directive that, a National Cultural Heritage Unit be set up by Member States.

According to him, Nigeria must have adequate inventory of her artworks for easy identification when they are found, advising that Nigeria should also domesticate all the Conventions that we are Party to, as this can become a hurdle in cases of litigation.

On her part, Prof. Borgatti identified the dearth of well-trained Art Historians in Nigeria and the poor attitude of Nigerian students to Art History as major issues of concern, saying most Nigerian students are uncomfortable with objects in the museum because of the historical and religious colourations.

According to her, the objects are taken as fetish; and that, these are some of the challenges that trained people can adequately address, to make the students recognise the value of things that come from the museum.

Also contributing, Mr. Perry Cherruou enumerated the efforts of the French Government in bringing back cultural properties illegally taken; and that, so far, he has witnessed nine restitutions, saying that Nigerian children do not know Nigerian Art History like Nok Culture, which he had come to study 15 years ago, when he first visited the National Museum, Lagos.

He stated that it was easier to find Nok Culture artworks in Cotonou, Lome, France, Switzerland, etc. than in Nigeria, expressing optimism that more and more artefacts will be returned and that France was seriously fighting trafficking in cultural properties.

In his remarks, Hon. Oghene Egoh, Member, House Committee on Culture and Tourism, commended the DG, NCMM, for the efforts in bringing the artworks back home, maintaining that, where a man comes from is known by his artefacts, debunked the argument that Africans did not have history before the coming of the Europeans; and adding that this has been debunked by carbon dating and other methods of measuring historical objects.

He noted the poor patronage of our National Museums, contrary to the New York Museums and others in Europe that witness high turnover of visitors, expressing the hope that, this could be corrected if children are encouraged to visit museums to see our past.

Hon. Egoh enjoined the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to get the Honourable Commissioners for Education and the Vice Chancellors of Universities in the country, to look into ways by which students can take interest in our museums, as it is the last place any of them will want to visit.

In his keynote address, the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, expressed gratitude for being able to attend the programme as he would have regretted, taking into cognisance the quality of the attendees.

He said he had to come personally, “to let Nigerians understand that culture is as important as petroleum, rather that, culture is more important than petroleum. When petroleum would have dried up, culture will still be around”; and condemned the perception of Nigerians towards culture and the creative industry, saying there must be a change of mindset.

He narrated an incident concerning a former Honourable Minister of Culture, who, when he was nominated as a Minister, received several congratulatory messages but when his portfolio was announced, he never got any call; that there were comments that after all the things he had done for the party, all they could give him was the CULTURE MINISTRY.

Alhaji Lai Mohammed said that the fastest economies in the world today are driven by the creative industries; and it is culture that drives them, maintaining that Christianity and Islam, the two major religions in Nigeria today, did a lot to de-market culture.

He observed that there is a difference between Faith and Culture; and, according to him, both religions made their followers to believe that anything cultural was wrong and immoral.

He promised to liaise with the Inspector General of Police to establish a Special Force to address the illicit trafficking in our cultural properties, saying Italy has an entire division of the Army in charge of stolen artefacts; and directed NCMM to ensure that of all Nigeria's stolen treasures are returned from wherever they may be.

Also, that they should look into the system of issuing licences and clearances, to check and stop the export of artefacts, and enjoined NCMM, Nigeria Customs Service and other law enforcement agents to check the illicit trafficking in our cultural properties.

The Minister used the opportunity to commend the NCMM Management for being a good host and all the guests for finding time to come, before declaring the exhibition open and undertaking a guided tour of the repatriated objects on display in the Museum.

Louis Eriomala

Director, NICO Lagos Office

Theatre Dept Of FUNAI Debuts With Jerry Alagbaoso’s Plays

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Birthdays are always special, one way or the other. For Professor Ameh Dennis Akoh of the Department of Theatre Arts, Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State, it was said to have started with those who heralded it some days earlier with advance BD wishes.

According to Akoh, his wife called him early in the morning, and then he received many other calls thereafter. He had no intention of having an elaborate celebration because Honourable Jerry Alagbaoso (Member, Representing Orlu/Osu/Orlu East Federal Constituency, Imo State), was expected to visit FUNAI for a command performance of two of his plays: The First Lady and Honourable Chairman by the new department

Akoh went in the company of the Head of Department, Theatre Arts, Dr. Nnenna Nwosu and the Dean of Humanities to receive Hon. Alagbaoso and his team, at the office of the Vice Chancellor, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, only for him to bump into the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma.

The NICO ES had quickly extended his best wishes to Professor Ameh Dennis Akoh, and the birthday took centre stage, as all the Principal Officers of the University present, including Hon. Alagbaoso, started wishing him HBD.

The birthday air ventilated the Main Auditorium of the University, venue of the performance, with a larger audience, as the vibrant VC, Professor Chinedum Nwajiuba, led the audience to sing the popular “Happy Birthday to You” song in Igbo language before the command performance.

Then followed the production of the two plays: The First Lady and Honourable Chairman, by Jerry Alagbaoso, which both portray the appalling high level of political rascality and imbecility by key political players at the local government level.

The First Lady tells the story of a local government chairman and his wife, who did everything possible, including using his traditional ruler, to win an election and placate his political opponents not to go to the tribunal to fight against his questionable electoral victory, only for the couple to become inaccessible to the people, including the respected traditional monarch;.

To the chairman and his wife, they had paid off the people, during the electioneering campaigns, as they had given each person money to buy their support and their votes; but the protests and incessant petitions from the people against their misdeeds reached a crescendo and the governor suddenly dissolved the council.

Honourable Chairman, on the other hand, is about an illiterate local government chairman, who uses his well-educated, American-trained cousin to buy honorary doctorate degree, “in any discipline of his choice”, from a syndicate, to enhance his status in the society, like most other local government chairmen had done before him.

He is embarrassed at the occasion by an American-trained professor, but his is more like a voice in the wilderness, as the people even jeer him and the chairman orders his security details to push him out of the venue of the conferment of the PhD.

The night of entertainment was very remarkable because it marked the premiere performance of the new department of theatre arts; it showcased the artistic potentials in the pioneer first year theatre arts students; it presented two plays by one, who wrote from the point of view of a social critic but is now in partisan politics; and it projected the new Vice-Chancellor, who is amiable, simple, dynamic, and visionary; this is just as he has a soft spot for the theatre, as a discipline, which will be an impetus for the new Department of Theatre Arts.

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Legal Backing For NIHOTOUR Can Strengthen Tourism Sector – Saraki

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President of The Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has expressed confidence that the bill seeking to give legal backing to the National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism (NIHOTOUR) will strengthen the tourism sector in Nigeria.

He made this known on Thursday, 15th June, 2017 at a one-day Public Hearing on a bill for an act to provide for the establishment of NIHOTOUR, organised by the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja, the Federal capital Territory.

Represented by the Senate Minority Whip, Senator Philip Aduda, Dr. Saraki said the bill shall set standards for training in the field of hospitality and tourism, so as to make practitioners in the industry sufficiently equipped to cope with the dynamics of the sector.

His words: “We can create a legal framework to institutionalize the institution or personnel who can bring new initiatives to drive tourism and make it a huge foreign exchange earner for the country.

Condemning the notion by some Nigerians that tourism is just about landmarks and historical sites, Saraki, who said there is more to it than that, attributed the impression to the non-inclusion of tourism, as a key subject in our schools, right from the elementary stages; hence, many grow up with little or no knowledge about tourism.

He further maintained that Nigeria must do everything possible to promote tourism in the country by first incorporating it to be taught in basic and elementary schools in the country.

On his part, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, said the bill is aimed at putting in place, a legal and institutional framework to train manpower in the hospitality and tourism practices.

To him, the bill seeking to give NIHOTOUR a legal backing for its operations will provide improved quality services of specialized training as well as diploma and postgraduate diploma courses in Tourism and Hospitality Management in Nigeria.

Senators present at the Public Hearing were Senators Abubakar Umaru, Rose Okoh, Fatimah Rasaki, David Umaru and Samuel Anyanwu; while other dignitaries were the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was represented by Dr. Paul Adalikwu; Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe; and Director-General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, among others.

The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who was unavoidably absent was represented by Directors in the Institute, namely, Alhaji Ibrahim Husseini (Admin & Human Resources); Mr. Mike Ekoko (Research & Documentation); Barrister Musa Kakamba (Legal), and Mr. Law Ezeh (SA-ES).

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant-ES

NICO HQ, Abuja

NICO's Jonathan Nanven Ties Nuptial Knot With Heartthrob

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Jonathan Nanven Nicodemus, a staffer of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) in the Office of the Executive Secretary, Abuja Headquarters, on Saturday, 10th June, 2017, took his heartthrob, Vivian Onyeche Odeh, to the altar to be joined in holy matrimony.

At the church wedding, which took place at the Shepherd’s House Assembly International, Apo Resettlement, Abuja-FCT, the Assistant Pastor, Pastor Tajan Moltok, speaking on the topic: “Wisdom for a Healthy Marriage”, admonished the couple to embrace wisdom and trust as the bedrock of healthy and successful marriage, saying, ''wisdom and trust are the foundation of every healthy marriage.''

Moltok, who took the scriptural reading from the Book of Genesis Chapter 2: 21, reiterated that marriage was ordained by God, since He saw that it was not good for man to live alone and therefore made He, “a helpmeet” for the man.

Taking another scripture from Ecclesiastes chapter 7 verse 12, Pastor Moltok, further stressed the need for the couple to apply wisdom in their marriage stressing that, wisdom is a defence and gives life to them that have it.

His words: “For two people to live together, it takes wisdom because the training and upbringing of the man and his culture is different from that of the woman. I want you to know that marriage is of God and that is His desire; but the devil has vowed to become an enemy to the institution of marriage”.

Continuing, the servant of God stressed: “The first thing to do when you get married is to trust God for wisdom because without wisdom, you can never have a successful marriage; rather, you will remain in the shadow of yourself. To the man, for you to have quality wisdom, you must allow your wife to have a say. Women are home makers and any time you refuse the advice of your wife, you have refused wisdom to an extent”.

The pastor further enumerated five characteristics of healthy marriages to the couple, which include, prayer, trust, tolerance, patience and speaking the right words, supporting them with Bible scriptures like Proverbs 9:10, Galatians 5:22, and I Thessalonians 5:16.

The Jonathan and Vivian were joined as husband and wife, as they were pronounced Mr. & Mrs. Jonathan Nicodemus by the General Overseer of the church, Rev. Dr. Joshua Talena.

At the wedding reception that held at Acropolis Park and Garden, Zone A, Apo Resettlement, Abuja-FCT, the joy of the couple knew no bounds as they were ushered into the reception venue with dance and jubilation; just as the cutting of the wedding cake was observed by select few dignitaries and guests were also treated to a sumptuous meal and they in turn showered the couple with gift items.

Dignitaries at the wedding reception were NICO’s Director of Orientation and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Alex Omijie; Acting Director, Research and Documentation, Mr. Mike Ekoko; Directors of Bimma Hospital, Jos, Mr. & Dr. (Mrs.) Emmanuel Igo; Coordinator, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Dr. (Mrs.) Regina Onuoha; Chief Cultural Officer and Head of Research, NICO, Mrs. Maria Opuzor; Head, Academic Unit, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Mr. Patrick Obi; Head of Procurement, Mr. Pius Kemepede; and Head of Protocol, Mr. Ibrahim Malgwi, among others.

Caleb Nor & Njideka Dimgba



NICO’s Mandate Is To Sensitise Nigerians On Cultural Matters – Ayakoroma

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The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has stated that the mandate of the Institute is to sensitize Nigerians towards culture-oriented lifestyles.

He stated this in an interview with journalists in Minna, the Niger State capital, during the opening ceremony of the 2-Day National Workshop on Nigerian Dress Culture and Sustainable Development, organised by NICO at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State on Tuesday, 6th June, 2017.

Prof. Ayakoroma said the Nigerian Dress Culture campaign initiated by NICO in 2010 is one among the various programmes designed by the Institute to sensitize Nigerians towards living a culture-oriented lifestyle, disclosing that, “for us in NICO, we have instituted Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as dress Nigerian days for all officers of the Institute in all of NICO offices across the country”.

Speaking further, the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute stated, “imagine if all public officers in government agencies, parastatals and public corporations dress in Nigerian fabrics and banks also adopt Dress Nigerian Days, of course, our textile industries will bounce back”.

In addition, he said if schools will use Nigerian fabrics for their uniforms, it will go a long way in boosting the Nigerian textile industries thus generating employment for individuals, creating wealth and in turn enhancing the Nigerian economy, adding that, this thinking had informed Institute’s clamour for the adoption of the Dress Nigerian Days by all Nigerians and using the National Workshop on Nigerian Dress Culture and Sustainable Development as a platform to sieve ideas from stakeholders.

Furthermore, the NICO ES stated that, the Institute’s mandate does not only stop at re-orienting Nigerians on dress culture but includes sensitizing them on learning and speaking, not only their indigenous languages but other indigenous languages in the country, to diminish the communication barriers.

Prof. Ayakoroma noted that in achieving this mandate, the Institute organized a workshop on Indigenous Language Newspapers in Kaduna recently, at the instance of the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and that all the programmes are geared towards sensitizing Nigerians to know that the various aspects of our unique cultures and ways of life are the things that differentiate us and give us a sense of pride and identity as a people.

He informed the media team that, the choice of Minna, Niger State, to host the Nigerian Dress Culture Workshop for 2017 was deliberate, owing to the fact that, the major raw material, as far as the textile industry is concerned, which is cotton, is essential to the realization of a robust Nigerian dress culture.

Noting that Niger State is known for the cultivation of cotton and with the about 25 different ethnic groups co-existing peacefully in the state, it means that, there is about 25 different cultural ways of dressing in the state, and explains why the Institute sees the state as a fertile ground to promote the dress culture sensitization campaign.

He therefore expressed NICO’s appreciation to the Niger State Government for expressing their readiness to partner the Institute in promoting Nigeria dress culture; and called on Nigerians to appreciate the fact that when we patronize Nigerian fabrics, its production quality will improve gradually, likening the gradual process of improvement in the quality and standard of our indigenous fabrics to the movement of a car, where one first and foremost starts the engine then engages gear one before going to two, three and four, respectively.

The ES lamented the fact that most Nigerians do not appreciate what they have thus necessitating his reiteration of the need for all Nigerians to appreciate our own and take pride in what is indigenously ours which will make us stand from the rest anywhere we find ourselves.

Jonathan Nicodemus

Corporate Affairs

NICO HQ, Abuja-FCT    

Niger State Government To Collaborate With NICO – Hon Vatsa

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Niger State Government has stated its readiness to collaborate with the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) in promoting Nigeria’s cultural identity, considering the fact that the Institute has performed creditably in sensitizing the citizenry towards adopting culture-oriented lifestyles.

This was the position of the State Honourable Commissioner for Information, Honourable Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, in an interview to journalists at the opening ceremony of a 2-Day National Workshop on “Nigerian Dress Culture and Sustainable National Development”, organized by NICO.

The opening ceremony of the workshop, held at the Justice Idris Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State, on the 6th of June 2017, under the distinguished Chairmanship of Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, Chairman, House Committee on Culture and Tourism, was part of programmes and activities in fulfilment of the Institute’s mandate of harnessing culture for national development.

Hon. Vatsa state that, “our culture is our identity”; therefore government at all levels have the responsibility of promoting it, and urged that parents should encourage their children to know and appreciate their culture at all times.

According to him, the workshop was an important step taken by the Institute in promoting the Nigerian dress culture, as it will a long way in driving the tourism industry in the country, noting that, the state government will work with NICO subsequently to achieve this noble objective.

The Honourable Commissioner stressed that, “culture promotes unity’’ and therefore the Niger State Government is committed to the development and sustenance of all aspects of our culture.    

Ibrahim Sule Malgwi



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