Federal Government Commends NICO On Dress Culture Campaign

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The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has commended the Nigerian Dress Culture campaign of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), saying the initiative was in accordance with the policy of the present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is unwavering and resolute to urgently diversification of the Nigerian economy.

Lai Mohammed stated this at the opening ceremony of a 2-day National Workshop on Nigerian Dress Culture and Sustainable National Development organised by NICO at the Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State, on the 6th of June 2017.

AdewaleThe Minister, who was represented by the Director, Special Duties, National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC), Dr. Gerald Adewole, commended the Institute for its impressive campaign on promoting Nigerian dress culture, especially through the promotion of Dress Nigerian Days, which is currently being given serious attention by the Federal Government.

According to him, “promotion of Nigerian Dress Culture would engender enormous socio-political and economic benefits to the nation”; adding that, the culture sector, which is one of the fastest growing sectors in the global economy, has the capacity to generate employment, create wealth and alleviate poverty; and that this can only be achieved if Nigerians patronize Made-in-Nigeria dresses as opposed to foreign ones.

Lai Mohammed averred that this will help in resuscitating the comatose textile companies that had hitherto diversified to the degree that they provided employment for footballers through football clubs they founded and funded, emphasizing that the Federal Government is fully committed to creating the enabling environment for our cultural and creative industries to flourish, including the textile manufacturing companies.

In his speech, the Chairman, House Committee on Culture and Tourism, Honourable Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, who chaired the occasion, represented by Honourable Mohammed Mahmud, also a Member of the Committee, advocated for proper funding of the culture sector so that the country can to reap the benefits of its cultural diversity, promising to give speedy legislative backing to any bill aimed at repositioning the culture and tourism sector.

Nico’s Executive Secretary, Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who was the chief host, reiterated the need for Nigerians to value our indigenous dresses; and that. NICO conceptualized the Promoting Nigerian Dress Culture Workshop series to rekindle interest and pride in our indigenous dress patterns.

He disclosed that the workshop was also to promote patriotism in Nigerians through dress culture; showcase the beauty in diversity of the dress culture of various geo-political zones of the country; encourage unity among the different ethnic groups through integrated dress culture; enhance economic growth of our local textile industries as well as stimulate job and wealth creation in the industry.

Declaring the workshop open, the Executive Governor of Niger State, represented by the Honourable Commissioner for Information, Hon. Jonathan Tsado Vatsa, stated that the state is working assiduously on an Institute to preserve, protect and promote the dress culture of the state as well as partnering with NICO on how to entrench Dress Nigeria to the grassroots.

The event, which was well attended, featured cultural dances and Nigerian dress parade by students from various secondary schools in Niger State, just as NICO Cultural Troupe presented a drama sketch to capture the theme of the workshop and a dance to spice the opening ceremony.

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NICO Hosts 2-Day National Workshop On Nigerian Dress Culture

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The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), today, hosts a 2-Day National Workshop on Nigerian Dress Culture with theme: “Nigerian Dress Culture and Sustainable Development” at the Justice Kutugi International Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State at 10am. 

The 2-Day National Workshop, which will have the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as Special Guest of Honour, will be chaired by Honourable Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Culture and Tourism.

His Excellency, Alhaji Abubakar Bello, the Executive Governor of Niger State, will be the Keynote Speaker; the Royal Father of the Day will be His Royal Highness, Alhaji Umar Bahogo, Emir of Minna.

The workshop, which is aimed at achieving attitudinal change towards the ameliorating the influence of Western culture will showcase the beauty in diversity of our Nigerian dress; rekindle interest and pride in our indigenous dress patterns; encourage unity among the different ethnic groups through integrated dress culture; enhance economic growth of our local textile industries and stimulate job and wealth creation in the industry.

With Professor Rasaki Ojo Bakare of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti chairing the technical session at the workshop, the event promises to better re-orientate Nigerians on the need to think and appear Nigeria through our dress culture.

Already, over ten (10) schools are expected to participate in fashion parade of the various ethnic nationalities of Nigeria, such as, traditional marriage, ceremonial, work place and religious worship among others.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES, NICO

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Traditional Rulers Enjoined To Preserve Our Culture And Uphold Peace

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Traditional Rulers in Nigeria have been called upon to ensure they cooperate with law enforcement agents towards preserving our cultural heritage and maintenance of peace for the development of the country.

Secretary-General, Nigerian National Commission for UNESCO (NATCOM-UNESCO), Abuja, Dr. (Mrs.) Chioma Nwadei made this call in a goodwill message delivered at the 2-Day National Conference on “Culture, Peace and National Security: The Role of Traditional Rulers”, organized by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) in collaboration with UNESCO at De-Dome Events Centre, Enugu State, on Thursday, 1st June, 2017.

According to her, peace is central and key to human existence and that, as Royal Fathers, who are the custodians of the cultural heritage, if there is no cooperation with law enforcement agents and government, the peace we desire in the country will be elusive.

Maintaining that peace means much more than the absence of war, Dr. Nwadei described peace as a set of values, attitudes and modes of behaviour that promote the amicable settlement of conflicts and the quest for mutual understanding, saying: “Peace is one of the ways to live together. A way of being, doing and living harmoniously in the society that can be taught, developed and improved upon which we believe, will be a suitable foundation on which a meeting like this can be hinged.

In her view, for peace to be long-lasting in our nation, it requires both the transformation of institutional practices and individual modes of behaviour, stressing that UNESCO will continue to contribute to peace and security by promoting collaboration among nations, including Nigeria through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, rule of law, human rights and fundamental freedom, which are affirmed for the different people of the world.

She further maintained that until we attain a high level of tolerance, non-violence and solidarity where poverty, environmental degradation, restiveness, militancy, kidnapping and terrorism amongst others are dealt with, achieving sustainable national security will be a mirage.

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NICO HQ, Abuja

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NICO Akure Marks Children’s Day To Appreciate School

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There is a popular saying that, To whom much is given, much is expected”, played out on May 27, 2017 at Saint Mathias Anglican High School, Akure, the Ondo State capital, as the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), South-West Zonal Office, joined children all over the world to mark this years Childrens Day celebration.

The choice of the school for this year’s celebration was a show of appreciation to the age-long citadel of learning, which always provides the Institutes South-West Zonal Office facilities for usage during the one month-long and Weekend Indigenous Language Programme.

Speaking during the occasion, the NICO South-West Zonal Coordinator, Mr. James Imohiosen, reassured the students present that the day was set aside worldwide to celebrate children because of their importance in nation building.

He noted that it was so designed that children grow up to replace the vacuum created by nature; hence, the huge investment by government and their parents in celebrating them; and enjoined them inculcate the right social and moral values and shun any vices that would be detrimental to the image of their parents, the school and the society in general.

Mr. Imohiosen admonished the students to avoid peer groups that would have negative influences in their lives but rather emulate the quest for knowledge and humility displayed by their principal, who has enrolled newly to learn Hausa language in the Institute.

He once again used the opportunity to thank the school management for always obliging the zonal office the use of the school facilities whenever the Institute requested for their use, saying this shows the importance the school had placed on the advancement and development of indigenous language.

On his part, the school principal, Venerable Joseph Ilesanmi, thanked the Institute for the worthwhile gesture of making the school a centre for teaching indigenous languages in Ondo State, and also finding them worthy of celebrating with in this years Childrens Day, saying, “It is a mark of great honour and joy in the heart of the children.

Venerable Ilesanmi said his desire to enrol for Hausa language was borne out of the fact that there has been a growing agitation to teach some science related subjects in indigenous languages as it is done in some developed nations, such as, China.

Highlights of the occasion were revision of languages taught during the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP), (Month-long and Weekend programmes), recitation of rhymes in various languages – Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and Izon.

It would interest to note that one of the female students, Miss Aanuoluwapo Oladimeji, stood in to teach the other students including the newly enrolled school principal, Venerable Joseph Ilesanmi Hausa language before the arrival of the Hausa teacher, which was commended by the school principal, the South-West Zonal Coordinator, and the Hausa teacher, Mrs. Flora Sodje.

The occasion, which was well attended by members of staff from NICO South-West Zone, saw the Children later moving to the school auditorium where they were entertained and they sang praises of the Institute for remembering them on this very special and important day.

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Make Speaking Of Indigenous Languages Imperative – Ayakoroma

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The Executive Secretary/CEO, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has again stressed the need for parents to ensure their children speak indigenous languages and take pride in our indigenous dresses.

Ayakoroma, who made this known during the Children’s Cultural Extravaganza, organized by the Institute on Friday, 26th May, 2017 at the Merit House, Abuja-FCT, to commemorate the 2017 International Children’s Day, said parents have a role to play by making sure they teach them things about their culture and history so that they will not only be attuned to contemporary developments but be culturally oriented.

According to him, the learning of indigenous language comes with knowledge of indigenous culture and the Institute decided to bring together students of NICO Cultural Clubs in Secondary Schools in Abuja to create an atmosphere for them to take pride in our culture.

His words: “Children like things that are indigenous. Take, for instance, their rendition of the National Anthem in the various languages and the dress parade; once given that opportunity, they will never forget the experience because you could see the enthusiasm in them.

“Parents have a role to play; the school system could also assist in this very direction by making sure they teach them things about their culture and history, so that they will be attuned to contemporary developments but culturally oriented”.

Ayakoroma maintained that children are the leaders of tomorrow and if you can change the mindset of the younger generation, then you have changed Nigeria: “We are talking about corruption in Nigeria, somebody who has known the sweetness of money, it is very difficult for you to tell such a person not to love money but once you indoctrinate this children and imbibe that culture oriented lifestyle in them, by the time they grow up, they will know what is good or bad culturally, know what will make them move forward or move the society forward”.

He therefore advised that orientation programmes of government should be geared towards children, saying if they are well-oriented, whatever they see in the society that is wrong, they can equally effect the much-needed change.

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Media Assistant to ES

NICO HQ, Abuja

“One’s Dress Culture Is One’s Identity That Distinguishes One Anywhere On The Globe” – Hajia Bintu Sadiq

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The Curator, National Commission for Museums and Monuments, Katsina, Hajiya Bintu Mohammed Sadiq, says, “a person’s dress culture has been identified as being their identity that sets them apart from others”.

She made this assertion while delivering a paper on the theme: “Nigerian Dress Culture”, on the occasion of the 2017 World Culture Day Celebration, organized by National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) North-West Zone, Katsina, on Tuesday, 23rd May, 2017.

Hajiya Bintu Sadiq said that one’s dress culture is one’s identity that distinguishes one anywhere on the globe and gives one a sense of belonging in a world setting, adding that a person’s dress code gives people the first impression about the dresser and stands as the person’s passport to either respect or disdain.

This, she said, is because the way you dress is the way you would be addressed and that dressing gives a sense of pride and comportment, noting that attires, costumes and outfits add security to a person’s self-identification.

Hajiya Bintu averred that culture and dressing cannot be separated, saying that culture is subdivided into tangible and intangible elements, and that dressing is a tangible element of culture because it can be seen.

The curator noted that Nigeria, like other African nations, has diverse ethnic dresses, which are specially worn on occasions, such as, wedding ceremonies and cultural festivals and are also tools for identifying a people sharing the same heritage, affirming that these dresses are yet to be adopted by a large number of Nigerians as dress code for everyday living and therefore, called on the audience to imbibe the culture of patronizing Made-in-Nigeria dress.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Coordinator, NICO North-West Zone, Alhaji Ibrahim Lawal, stressed that Nigerian dress culture is faced with challenges resulting from Westernization and globalization, and that Nigerians sometimes shun our indigenous cultural mode of dressing in obvious preference for Western styles.

He observed that indecent dressing has become a norm rather than a cultural deviation, most especially by the youths, noting that the aforementioned reason adduced for the neglect of our indigenous dresses should be blamed on the absence of laws on national dress codes in public places and national events.

According to him, it was against this backdrop that the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), in 2010, submitted a memo at the National Council on Culture and Tourism (NCCT) seeking government approval to declare Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays as Dress Nigeria Days, in order to boost our identity as a people as well as rejuvenate our moribund textile industries.

Alhaji Lawal also affirmed that many countries of the world use their culture to earn foreign exchange by exporting cultural materials and accessories, saying if other countries are doing so, nothing stops us from following suit, as it will reduce the pressure on crude oil, which seems to be the sole source of government earnings and the mainstay of the economy of the nation.

The Zonal Coordinator reiterated the activities of the Institute, including organizing seminars, conferences and workshops aimed at sensitizing the general public towards culture-related life style among other things.

He recalled that the Institute, on 2nd March, 2017, organized a Quarterly Public Lecture, with the theme, “Promoting Culture, Developing the Economy” at Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Conference Centre in Abuja, with His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, the Executive Governor of Imo State, as the guest speaker; as well as the Annual Round Table on Cultural Orientation (ARTCO), with the theme, “Indigenous Languages Newspapers and National Development”, held at Arewa House Kaduna, on 15th and 16th May, 2017.

Lawal further intimated the audience on the National Conference, with the theme, “Culture, Peace and National Security: The Role of Traditional Rulers”, coming up on 1st and 2nd of June, 2017 at Enugu; and seized the opportunity to invite guest to the National Workshop on the theme, “Nigerian Dress Culture and Sustainable National Development,” coming up at the Justice Kutigi Conference Centre, Minna, Niger State on 6th and 7th June, 2017, which, he maintains, will be a veritable platform to work out a framework for the implementation of a Made-in-Nigeria Dress Days policy.

Also speaking at the event, the Comptroller, Nigerian Prisons Service, Katsina State, Alhaji Sanusi Mu’azu Danmusa, who was the chairman on the occasion, lauded the effort of the Institute, under the able leadership of the Executive Secretary, Associate Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, in propagating the Nigerian cultures, saying the initiatives will bring about peaceful coexistence among the people.

He added that it is not the responsibility of NICO alone to promote culture but that the task calls for involvement of all and sundry; and therefore called on all stakeholders to be part of this move pioneered by the Institute so as to bring about peaceful cohabitation that will foster not only unity, but consequently national development.

Another dignitary and representative of the Emir of Katsina, Alhaji Ahmadu Na Funtua (Sa’in Katsina), while giving a goodwill message, appreciated the Institute for its commitment towards the preservation and promotion of the nation’s culture, noting that the initiatives of the Institute would not only benefit the present, but would speak for posterity as our children and grand children will be beneficiaries of the good seed sown by NICO.

Also giving a good will message, Alhaji Mujitapha Lawal, Principal Government Secondary School, Kofar Kaura Katsina, affirmed that colonization has become an albatross to this nation, saying our culture was equally colonized, which eventually affected our languages and dresses.

He quoted the famous Hausa Musician of blessed memory, Dan Maraya Jos, who said in one of his songs that, whatever you borrow from someone, when he will come for it, you would have no option but to go back to your original one. Hence he said, we must go back to the original, which is our indigenous way of life if we must succeed as a nation.

The event, which also featured cultural performances, took place at the Conference Hall, Federal Secretariat Complex, Katsina, also had in attendance Alhaji Uthman S. Abubakar (Asst. Comptroller, Nigeria Customs Service, Katsina State) T. P. Romba (Deputy Commandant, (Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Katsina State); Heads of MDA’s, School Principals, students and a host of others.

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The Creative Industry Can Get Nigeria Out Of Recession – NICO NCZ

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The Coordinator, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) North-Central Zonal Office, Ilorin, Mr. Ohi Ojo, has said that the challenges Nigerians face every day are to enhance balance in our living for developmental purpose.

The Zonal Coordinator, who was stated this at this year’s World Culture Day Celebration, which took place, on Monday, 22nd May, 2017, at the zonal office, added that the present economic recession the country is facing has made this year’s celebration unique.

According to him, “We have the great opportunity of countless abundance of creative materials that we can tap into to get us out of the woods. This explains one of the reasons NICO will continue nurturing social interface and communication between people as an important means of stimulating creativity and innovation”.

In a joint paper, the co-presenters, Ariyo Adeoti and Mashood Dagbo Yusuf, Head of Orientation and Cultural Affairs and Personal Assistant to the Zonal Coordinator, called on the government and the people of Nigeria to turn to the creative industry in order to come out of the current economic recession being experienced.

The presenters submitted that the contribution of the non-oil sector to the Nigerian economy continued to enlarge relatively to the oil sector due to low oil price and Nigeria’s low oil production output which they said, despite the negative GDP growth rate recorded in the second quarter of 2016, the contraction of the economy was less severe due to the relatively diversified non-oil sector, which was the creative sector.

Ariyo and Dagbo added that the creative sector had become a key component of Nigeria’s drive towards economic diversification and a key contribution to its services sector export, explaining further that the movie and music industries, art and crafts, basketry, pottery and the likes, are great contributors to the nation’s GDP.

High lights of the occasion included Dress Nigerian” parade and presentation of gifts to the best dressed male, won by Olumide Dada wearing a Yoruba dress; the best dressed female staff was Ms Ajuma Edeh, wearing an Idoma outfit; while staffers were later treated to light refreshment.

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NICO Set For Children’s Cultural Extravaganza In Abuja

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The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), in furtherance of its statutory mandate, is set to organise the 2017 Annual Children’s Cultural Extravaganza to commemorate the International Children’s Day, with the theme: “Our Culture, Our Pride and Heritage”.

A press release, signed by Caleb Nor, on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, says the Children’s Cultural Extravaganza, which is designed to educate children on the gains of embracing their cultures and speaking their indigenous languages, will have students from select Secondary Schools in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

The release further states that, the Cultural Extravaganza will foster a sense of cultural identity, pride and awareness in our children; promote cultural education and scholarship amongst students; encourage the appreciation of Nigerian Languages, dresses, cuisines and music at all levels of social integration; create a platform to discover young talents in culture and creative arts as well as promote the culture of peaceful co-existence and unity amongst students from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.

Meanwhile, veteran Nollywood actor, Dr. Sam Dede of Issakaba fame, is expected to deliver a lecture on the topic: “Our Culture, Our Pride and Heritage”, and have interactive session with the students, as a role model.

The Cultural Extravaganza will have students from the various schools participating in non-competitive events, such as, rendition of our National Anthem in indigenous languages; traditional fashion parade; traditional music and dance; roundtable discussions on “The Importance of Indigenous Languages to National Development”, and Decent Dressing and Nigeria Dress Culture”.

While the Lagos edition holds on Thursday, 25th May, 2017, at the Cinema Hall 1, National Theatre, Iganmu-Lagos, by 10am, the Abuja edition of the event holds on Friday, 26th May, 2017, at Merit House, Maitama, by 10am.

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Media Assistant to ES

NICO HQ, Abuja

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Ambassador Mariam Katagum Commends Ogun State Cultural Troupe

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Unesco 2017The Permanent Delegate, Nigeria’s Permanent Delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), Her Excellency, Mrs. Mariam Y. Katagum, has commended artists of Ogun State Cultural Troupe, for making Nigeria, Ogun State, and herself proud through their thrilling performance at the Gala Night of the Africa Week 2017, an event organised every year by the Africa Group at UNESCO HQ in Paris, France.

Ambassador Katagum stated this in her office at the UNESCO Building, Rue Miollis, Paris, saying she owed a lot of gratitude to the Executive Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency Senator Ibikunle Amosun, for approving and funding the participation of the State, and thus representing Nigeria at the auspicious occasion.

She noted that any performance at UNESCO HQ in Paris should be seen as a performance for the whole world, as almost all 195 States Parties will be represented, adding that the excellent display of the troupe meant the possibility of creating additional platforms for other international cultural exchanges, not only for Ogun State, but Nigeria as a whole.

The Permanent Delegate also acknowledged the role played by the Executive Secretary of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, as he did the linkage and followed up on the arrangements to ensure that both the Delegation and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ogun State, were regularly getting updates on the progress being made.

Ambassador Katagum said she was not surprised and was not disappointed at all as Ayakoroma has always delivered on whatever assignment he was given by the Delegation, since his assumption of office.

Responding, the Honourable Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Ogun State, Rt. Hon. Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo, expressed appreciation to the Ambassador and all members of staff of the Delegation for their high sense of responsibility and hospitality, and for their rousing reception at the performance, saying the Paris experience has been one that the artists will savour for quite a long time.

Bashorun Oladipo assured that he will report, in detail, to the Executive Governor of Ogun State, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, the positive and conducive exhibition and performance atmosphere enjoyed by the contingent, disclosing that the Governor would have been in Paris personally but for some last minute official engagements.

According to him, since it was the beginning of a mutually beneficial working relationship, it is possible for the Governor to find time to visit the Ambassador in Paris, especially as the Governor is passionate about the African Drums Festival, which is a unique cultural product from Ogun State; and that he too will be delighted to have the rare privilege of hosting the Permanent Delegate in Abeokuta, Ogun State, at her convenience.

Ambassador Katagum used the opportunity to present a Certificate of Attendance of Africa Week 2017 to the Honourable Commissioner and gift packs to Governor Ibikunle Amosun as well as the officials and artists.

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Ogun State Cultural Troupe Shines At UNESCO’s Africa Week 2017

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Artists of the Ogun State Cultural Troupe, yesterday, made the Nigerian nation proud in the global arena, at the newly-renovated Hall One of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Headquarters, Fontenoy, Paris, as they treated guests to a very scintillating performance as part of the Gala Night of the Africa Week 2017 at UNESCO.

The Ogun State Troupe presented a ten minutes excerpt from a dance performance, entitled, “Drums of Peace”; and they featured at the event alongside 13 other African countries, namely, Algeria, Cameroon, Cape Verde,  Comoros, Cote D'Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guinea, Liberia, Morocco, Tanzania, and Tunisia, all rendering music, dance or fashion parade.

To the Ambassador, the Permanent Delegation of Nigeria to UNESCO, Her Excellency, Mrs. Mariam Y. Katagum, it was all smiles as her colleagues crowded around her for handshakes, hugs, and pecks; while those, who were not seated close to her, were quick to send her congratulatory text messages, saying it was “the performance of the evening”.

The elation of the Ogun State Honourable Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Rt. Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo, was not different, as he observed that the UNESCO performance has been a dream come true; and like a fulfilled football coach, he said with smiles: “The artists have done very well; and I give due credit to my governor, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, for believing in me; and for giving me this unique opportunity to bring my artists, not only to France, but to UNESCO HQ, in Paris, where we have had the rare privilege of showcasing our talent to about 195 UNESCO States Parties.”

It will be recalled that the idea of the performance tour of the Ogun State Cultural Troupe to UNESCO was mooted by the Executive Secretary of National Institute for Cultural Orientation, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, and the request from Ambassador (Mrs.) Mariam Y. Katagum received the prompt approval of the culture-loving governor of the state, His Excellency, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

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2017 Children’s Day: NICO To Excite Children

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The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) on Monday said it would use the forthcoming International Children’s Day slated for May 27, 2017 to educate children on the gains of embracing their cultures and speaking their indigenous languages.

Childrens DayMr. Louis Eriomala, the Director, Lagos Office of NICO, said in Lagos that, it was part of activities to inculcate patriotism among children.

Eriomala said the Institute’s Annual Children’s Cultural Extravaganza is aimed at teaching children on how to appreciate Nigerian languages, dresses, cuisines, music and dances at all levels of social interaction.

He said this would also promote the culture of peaceful co-existence and unity amongst children from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds.

He said that it was the statutory mandate of the institute to pass this message across to the children in an exciting ways while they would still catch some fun.

“We want to create a platform to discover young talents in culture and creative arts, and foster a sense of cultural identity, pride and awareness in our children.

“We also want to promote cultural education and scholarship as well as encourage cooperation and healthy competition amongst children from diverse backgrounds.’’

He said that the children would also recite the National Anthem in their indigenous languages; be involved in traditional fashion parade, traditional music and dance.

“The programme will hold on Thursday, May 25, at the National Theatre, Cinema Hall 1, Iganmu, Lagos, by 10am.

“Also, there will be discussions on the importance of indigenous languages to national development, decent dressing and the Nigerian dress culture,’’ he said.

Eriomala said the occasion would provide lots of fun for the children, and advised parents to allow their children to be part of it.

Young Nollywood star actress, Tamara Eteimo, is expected to have an interactive session with the children at the event.

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Kaduna State To Host NAFEST 2017

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The Government of Kaduna State, the “Centre of Learning” has accepted to host the 2017 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST).

This was disclosed at the just concluded 46th Meeting of the Chief Executives of Culture of the Federation (CEC),which held in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, on the theme: Culture: Nigeria’s New Oil”.

According to the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, the Kaduna State Government’s acceptance to host the biggest cultural festival in the country underscores the importance, His Excellency, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, attaches to the development of the culture and tourism sector.

To him, Kaduna State stands to benefit as the first state to host NAFEST, under his watch, stressing that efforts are in top gear to ensure that the festival moved away from the old fashion by deploying all expertise that will provide a direction that will arouse the consciousness of Nigerians on the need to preserve, protect and promote our cultural heritage and make maximum use of the latent capacities in the Arts and Culture sector that can deliver great economic gains to the country.

His words: “During my tenure in the Council, our focus would be on how to effectively tap into the hidden goldmine and economic potentials of our Cultural Heritage to improve the Nation's GDP, wealth creation and decent living of our Artiste(s), as well as serving as a panacea for Peace, Unity and Diplomacy.

NCAC will continue to work with Stakeholders to develop the Sector, such that Nigeria can join the League of Nations that are tapping the inexhaustible economic resources that can be found in the culture and tourism industry”.

Continuing, he said: “As cultural administrators, we must come to terms with the fact that
throughout history, but more so in this era of the world being a global village, a Nation's only real wealth is its Cultural Heritage, which therefore must be preserved and fully exploited to preserve the its identify and natural comparative advantage”.
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Otunba further disclosed that NCAC shall henceforth give priority attention at accelerating the commercial and economic contents of cultural assets identifiable to each state of the
Federation, look at developing and improving on our festival format, which today remains one of the fastest growing forms of tourism activities.

On his part, the Executive Governor of Bayelsa State, Hon. Henry Seriake Dickson, commended the NCAC DG for the patriotism and passion which he has brought into the sector, since his assumption of duty as the new helmsman of the Council, saying it brings great hope for the industry and Nigeria in general.

Governor Dickson, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, HRH, Barrister Serena David Spiff, expressed confidence that although the Arts and Culture sector with its huge potentials have been, hitherto, relegated to the background in national affairs, there is hope that with the right funding and direction, the sector can still take Nigeria to higher heights.

In all, twenty (20) Directors of States Councils for Arts and Culture/History and Culture Bureaus were in attendance at the event, which ended on Thursday, 11th May, 2016, with the presentation of briefs from the various state councils on their achievements for the year under review, as well as challenges, to which the DG, NCAC assured a new lease of life as he promised to meet with their respective State Governors to give priority attention to the culture sector.

Also in attendance were: the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma; Hon. Commissioner and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Ijaw National Affairs, Bayelsa State, Mr. Austin Dressman and Barr. Mrs. Bio Charles Onyema, respectively; and Executive Director, Bayelsa State Council for Arts and Culture, Mrs. Payeboye Festus-Lukah, among others.

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