NBTE Commends NICO For Its Efforts To Build A Standard Curriculum For Culture Education

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The Executive Secretary, National Board for Technical Education (NBTE), Dr. Masa’udu Kazaure, mni, has commended the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) for its efforts in producing a standard curriculum for Nigerian culture education.

He stated this in his office at the NBTE Corporate Headquarters in Kaduna, when the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Associate Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma paid him a courtesy call to formally present a draft copy of the curriculum for the National Diploma in Cultural Administration (NDCA) programme of NICO Training School.

Dr. Kazaure said he was elated over NICO’s efforts because it was the right step that would see that Nigerian culture was not relegated to the background, adding that a standard curriculum on culture education will promote quality cultural programmes, studies and research.

Elaborating on the mandate of NBTE, he said: “NBTE takes care of all things about technical education. We make sure that matters on general trends on vocational education are updated. We ensure that basic academic standards are adhered to – Higher National Diploma, National Diploma, education for craftsmen, artisans, etc., so that vocational training and skills will receive a certified standard. In effect, we deal with education that concerns culture. We need to use cultural education to re-orientate Nigerians. I was so impressed when we got your proposals on the issue of curriculum. I commend NICO and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture. Your approach to culture education will surely affect the youths and re-orientate them”.

In his remarks, the Executive Secretary, NICO, Assoc. Prof. Barclays Ayakoroma, recalled that the Management of NICO had paid visits previously to intimate the Management of NBTE on the Institute’s mandate, and know the guidelines for the running of the National Diploma in Cultural Administration (NDCA) programme to build the capacity of culture workers and stakeholders in the culture sector in Nigeria.

Continuing, Prof. Ayakoroma said NICO has carried out the assignment in response to the guidelines; hence, the courtesy call with his management team was to present a draft copy of the curriculum of NICO Training School to the Board, adding: “it is for you to go through it; and scrutinize it to ensure that we have carried out the assignment you required of us”.

In his response, Dr. Kazaure commended NICO for responding to the assignment and assured that the Board will surely expedite action by studying it and making sure that all the necessary material elements have been reflected.

Members of the NBTE Management present were: Director, Monotechnic Programmes, Mrs. Helen Oduntan; Director, Physical Planning, Ekpeyong Ekpeyong; Director, Academic Planning, Engr. Danjuma Usman; Director, Finance and Accounts, Sayyid Haruna; and Acting Director, Special Duties, Saad Gwarzo.

On the part of NICO, the ES was accompanied by the Director, Orientation and Cultural Affairs, NICO, Mr. Alex Omijie; Director, Administration and Human Resources, Alhaji Husseini Ibrahim; SA to ES, Mr. Law Ikay Ezeh; Deputy Director, Administration and Human Resources, Mrs. Jane Anigala; Deputy Director, Katsina Zonal Office, Alhaji Lawal Ibrahim; and Assistant Director, O&CA, Mrs. Franca Okoro, among others.

Nwagbo Pat Obi

NICO Training School

Abuja Study Centre

Senate Committee On Culture Will Support The Repositioning Of Nigerian Indigenous Language Newspapers – Sen. Urhoghide

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The Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Distinguished Senator Matthew Urhoghide, has promised that the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism will support strategies suggested by stakeholders for the repositioning of Nigerian Indigenous Language Newspapers.

Stating this on Monday, 15th May, 2017, at Arewa House, Kaduna, as chairman, at the opening ceremony of the Annual Round Table on Cultural Orientation (ARTCO), organized by National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Senator Urhoghide, who was represented by his Senior Legislative Assistant, Barr. Neda Imasuen, explained that this is imperative because Indigenous Language Newspapers help to preserve and promote Nigeria’s cultural heritage.

The lawmaker extolled the commitment of publishers, editors and staffers of Indigenous Language Newspapers in Nigeria at the event, which had the theme, Indigenous Language Newspapers and National Development, saying many of them have continued to publish even in the midst of numerous challenges.

Calling on all hands to be on deck in order to ensure that Indigenous Language Newspapers are sustained in Nigeria, Senator Urhoghide said: “The Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism would support the plans and the strategies geared towards the repositioning of Indigenous Language Newspapers in Nigeria. This is very important because Indigenous Language Newspapers do not only serve as veritable tool for information dissemination but promotes Nigerian cultural values.”

Continuing, he commended the Management of NICO and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture for organizing the programme, describing it as a wonderful initiative, especially when the event focused on Indigenous Language Newspapers that have been contributing a lot to national development but had receive minimal acknowledgements.

In his remarks, the Executive Governor of Kaduna State, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, represented by his Special Adviser on Media and Communication, Mr. Muyiwa Adekeye, lauded National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) and the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, for organising the round table, saying the sustenance of Nigerian Indigenous Languages is something that needs to be supported by all and sundry.

Governor El-Rufai said Kaduna State Government will do everything possible to support indigenous language newspapers in the state, as their contribution to the sensitisation of the citizenry towards state policies and programmes are invaluable and cannot be over-emphasised.

The Director, Orientation and Cultural Affairs, NICO, Mr. Alex Omijie, in his vote of thanks, commended all the dignitaries and participants, who made out time to attend the event despite their busy schedules, explaining that ARTCO has provided opportunities for the stakeholders of culture to gather to discuss various aspects of Nigerian culture.

He said through the sub-themes, the participants will gain a lot from the programme; and further urged them to transform all they will learn in the technical section into practice to enhance national development

Nwagbo Pat Obi

NICO Training School

Abuja Study Centre

Nigeria Has A Lot To Harness From Culture – Lai Mohammed

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The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said that there is a lot to harness from Nigeria’s diverse cultures in order to diversify the economy, saying that, “we have a country that has relied for a long time on one product, Oil, hence the need for diversification”.

Lai Mohammed, who stated this in his address at the Quarterly Public Lecture organised by National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Central Area, Abuja-FCT, with the theme: “Promoting Culture, Developing the Economy” informed that, “Your choice for this programme was very apt because with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOUs) and collaborations the ministry has signed and about to sign with the organised private sector, we want to ensure that culture does not just remain at dancing and music, but to generate income for the nation”.

The Minister thanked the Executive Secretary of NICO, Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, for his passion and doggedness in actualising the first NICO Quarterly Public Lecture in 2017, disclosing that forty (40) culture managers were currently having a 2-day training workshop in Lagos on how Nigerian festivals could be better repositioned to rank among the best in the world.

According to him, at the end of the workshop, the managers would be attached to bigger festival managers in Europe for them to observe and understudy how such festivals are run to generate revenue for their host countries.

Earlier, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Distinguished Senator Matthew Urhoghide, who chaired the occasion, expressed his satisfaction with the choice of the theme because, for him, it was interesting and very significant.

He said it was incumbent on him to support any initiative geared towards making the culture sector responsive to the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians, and that the guest lecturer, His Excellency Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the Executive Governor of Imo State, was a distinguished Nigerian with enormous wealth of experience, both in private sector and in public governance, whose perspective would be invaluable as the country attempts to chart a new way forward for the culture and tourism sector.

The lawmaker reiterated the support and commitment of the 8th Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism to the efforts by government to diversify the nation's economy, with special focus on the culture and tourism sector, adding that it is his firm belief that with enhanced attention and improved investment, the sector will not only take the nation out of the current recession, it will propel her to the path of economic prosperity; and concluding that, the public lecture would give everybody gathered food for thought to make the culture sector better in Nigeria.

There were goodwill messages from the Royal Father of the Day, Prof. Sani Abubakar Lugga, the Waziri of Katsina, who was represented by the Sarkin Boku, Alhaji Nasimu Mohammed; the President, Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA), Prof. Sunday Enessi Ododo, represented by Prof. Mabel Evwierhoma of the University of Abuja; Hon. Fred Agbedi, Member Representing Sagbama/Ekeremor Federal Constituency, Bayelsa State, and the Director-General, National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), Alhaji Abdallah Usman, who all commended and appreciated the Institute for organising such an apt and timely public lecture, and for taking the Institute to greater heights in the culture sector.

Also at the occasion were the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Information and Culture, Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba; Chairman, Imo State Traditional Rulers Council, HRM Ezeagunwa Samuel Ohiri; Deputy Chief of Staff, Imo State Liaison Office, Abuja, Mrs. Mma Nzeribe-Michael; Chief of Air Staff, Air Marshal, represented by Flt. Lt. Anthonia Egojiobi.

Other dignitaries from the Ministry included Director-General, National Gallery or Art (NGA), Alhaji Abdullahi Muku; Director-General, National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC), Mrs. Dayo Keshi; Acting Director-General, Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC), Mrs. Mariel Rae-Omoh, Head, Department of Theatre & Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Hajia Lantana Ahmed; and pioneer Nollywood film director and director of Living in Bondage, Chris Obi-Rapu, among others.

The 1st 2017 NICO Quarterly Public Lecture was delivered by His Excellency Owelle Rochas Anayo Okorocha, the Executive Governor of Imo State, in an event that was anchored by MC Miracle and spiced with a short drama and dance performances by NICO Cultural Troupe.

Njideka Dimgba

Office of the ES

NICO, Abuja-FCT

FG Urged To Establish National Endowment Fund For The Arts

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The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has called on the Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency expedite action on the establishment of the National Endowment Fund for the Arts.

Ayakoroma gave this charge while delivering his welcome address at the opening of the NICO Quarterly Public Lecture delivered by His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the Executive Governor of Imo state, entitled, “Promoting Culture, Developing the Economy: The Nigerian Perspective”, at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, on Thursday, 2nd March, 2017.

According to him, the Endowment Fund for the Arts, which has been long awaited, if established, in line with the Cultural Policy for Nigeria, will not only provide the much-needed financial support for key players in our creative industries but make the sector respond adequately to our need for a diversified economy.

His words: “It is no longer news that Nigeria is in recession and the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is committed to the diversification of the economy in order to minimize our dependence on oil. While we commend the attention being paid to the Agriculture and Solid Mineral sectors currently, we make bold to say that the culture sector has better prospects if priority attention is given to it as many countries have done”.”

The NICO ES further called on government not to wait until our oil wells dry up before looking towards the direction of the culture and tourism sector, saying, culture, which is the vehicle that drives tourism is patiently waiting to be explored to enhance our economic growth.

“Our festivals, dresses, foods, natural tourist sites like lagoons, lakes, rivers, mangrove forests, waterfalls, warm springs, mountains, rocks and natural resorts are waiting to be explored and exploited”, he averred.”

Prof. Ayakoroma expressed optimism that even if others are doubtful of the potentials of the culture sector to generate revenue that can boost the nation’s economy, the Management of NICO, under his leadership, has the strong belief that as long as government gives the sector the needed attention, it can contribute significantly to Nigeria’s economic development.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES

NICO HQ, Abuja

Theatre Critics, As Presenters Of Culture, Are Indispensable In The Theatre

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The Global President of International Association of Theatre Critics (IATC), Margareta Sorenson, has described the theatre critic as the media writer who presents culture in performance in many ways just as the President, IATC-Nigeria, Professor Emmanuel Dandaura, has said that the theatre critic is indispensable if information on performance must be disseminated.

Stating this in the briefing of Young Critics on the activities of the theatre critic at the Freedom Park, Lagos, Sorenson said that the theatre critic, as the person that critically comments on the culture of performance, is very important in helping people understand the culture a performance is presenting.

Highlighting on the need to embrace the Association, she said the theatre critic is powerful on the purpose of promoting the theatre in its entirety, and that it presents the critic in the media in various genres and through the ages, stating that IATC has been in existence for 60 years.

According to her, the critics are the spectators, who are knowledgeable on theatre and they comment on theatre performance through articulating aspects of the performance in their writing for the audience to understand the theatre better, adding that IATC emerged in 1956, as a non-profit (non-governmental organization), benefiting under the B Statute of UNESCO; and that its activities include, conferences, symposia, and seminars for young and upcoming theatre critics.

The President, IATC-Nigeria, Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura, who is also Africa’s sole representative in the IATC International Executive Committee, encouraged the young critics, even as he told them that they were quite privileged, because the training they will receive in the whole programme will sharpen them for critical engagements in the theatre, adding that the theatre critic has the sole responsibility of guiding the theatre personnel on their activities in theatre productions and performances.

Continuing, Prof. Dandaura thanked the British Council and the organizers of Lagos Theatre Festival, for the collaboration with IATC, saying the synergy needs to be sustained in order to enhance the development of professional and educational theatre practice in Nigeria.

Earlier, Uju-Dubas Agbasi and Victor Mark-Onegbu of the British Council had briefed the Young Critics on the essence of the programme, saying the session was for trainers, and that the briefing was an orientation to intimate the Young Critics on the nature of training they will engage in, informing that the facilitators will help to discover many young theatre practitioners for exposure.

Critics and festival curators, such as, Assoc. Prof. Ivan Medenica, Dr. Octavian Saiu and Bernice Chan K. Wai, are also attending the programme, as facilitators, apart from Margareta Sorenson.

Nwagbo Pat Obi

Director, Publicity and Membership Services

IATC-Nigeria

NICO Public Lecture Will Draw Attention On Need To Develop Culture – Ayakoroma

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The Executive Secretary/CEO, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has disclosed that the Institute’s Quarterly Public Lecture Series is designed to serve as a platform to draw government attention to the need to develop the culture sector at the state levels.

Ayakoroma made this disclosure in Abuja on Wednesday, 1st March, 2017, when he appeared Live on Radio Nigeria 7am Network News, for an interactive session with Radio Presenters, Mariam Okesanjo and Thomas Bello, on the relevance of the Lecture Series to the development of the Nigerian economy.

According to him, the lecture, which is to be delivered by the Executive Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, entitled,Promoting Culture, Developing the Economy: The Nigerian Perspective”is part of NICOs sensitization mandate, with a focus on how the promotion of our culture at the states level can contribute significantly towards the development of the Nigerian economy.

His words:Our thinking is that if Nigeria looks the way of culture and promotes it the way it should be, we will be developing the economy. W are looking at the Nigerian perspective and we felt that there is need for political leaders, top government functionaries, diplomats, to look at this very aspect; and that is why our Distinguished Guest Lecturer is Owelle Rochas Okorocha, the Executive Governor of Imo State”.

Continuing, “We want to draw the attention of these governors to the need to develop culture at their various state levels so that the economy can grow. We also have the Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Matthew Urhoghide, as Chairman and the Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as Special Guest of Honour. We expect that as they come, we will share from their experiences.”

Prof. Ayakoroma, who acknowledged that culture contributes significantly to the growth of various segments of countries in the world, however expressed the opinion although there are different figures in the public domain as to the contribution of culture so far to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), it is still very difficult to ascertain, stressing that the contribution of culture cannot be easily quantified.

If you take the Calabar Carnival, for instance, do you know how much came into the country or the state through the services of taxi drivers during that period? How about hotels, food vendors and so on? So, it is not something like oil where you say you have so many barrels per day and this is what we got. The value chain trickles down and it becomes very difficult. But you know, once cultural programmes and activities are taking place, they contributes significantly to the local economy”.

Caleb Nor

Media Assistant to ES

NICO HQ, Abuja

Culture, A Panacea For Indiscipline And Corruption – Governor Ahmed

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Culture has again been identified as a remedy for the propensity of Nigerians for various acts of indiscipline and corruption, which have resulted in financial and moral decadence in our society.

This position was contained in an address delivered by the Executive Governor of Kwara State, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed, on Monday, 27th February, 2017, at the Kwara State Banquet Hall in Ilorin, during the formal launching of “Change Begins With Me” and “Kick Indiscipline and Corruption out of Kwara” (KICK) campaigns, organized by the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Kwara State Office, in collaboration with Kwara State Ministry of Information and Communications.

Governor Ahmed, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Shola Gold, added that the total abandonment of our core cultural values is the main reason why Nigeria today is passing through challenging times characterized by the free reign of indiscipline, corruption, insurgency, thuggery, cultism, dishonesty, laziness, disrespect for elders, disrespect for constituted authority, lateness or absence to work, exam malpractices and other social vices, which are impacting negatively on our social, political and economic life.

According to him, since indiscipline and corruption begin in the mind, eradicating them should not be a government affair alone but a collective responsibility by the citizenry, stressing that as individuals, we need to revisit our past by becoming Nigerians of yesteryears that were known for moral rectitude, more so now that the country is doing everything possible to correct the negative impressions ascribed to it by the outside world.

Earlier in his opening remark, the State Director, NOA, Kwara State Office, Mr. Olusegun Adeyemi, said the programme, which was aimed at re-orientating individuals on attitudinal change, in order to make life meaningful for all, was organized in collaboration with the State Government to fulfil the mandate of ensuring that all states of the federation prosecute the campaign to help the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration sustain its programmes and eliminate insecurity as well as corruption.

While delivering his welcome address, the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kwara State, Alhaji Mahmud Babatunde Ajeigbe, said retracing our steps by imbibing those core values exhibited by our heroes past still remains the only way for us to get it right in order to bring about the desired positive change in our country.

Alhaji Ajeigbe therefore called on parents, especially women, to take the lead by impacting positive values in their children, as the saying goes that, “charity begins at home”.

The programme, which was well attended by several dignitaries, including, traditional rulers, law-makers, members of the judiciary, military and paramilitary, government establishments, youth and women groups, as well as school children, also featured goodwill messages and a short drama sketch by the Kwara State Theatre for Development group.

Also present at the occasion were staffers of NICO North-Central Zone, Ilorin, namely, Mr. Deji Iledare, Mrs. Olajumoke Adewuyi, Mr. Christopher T. Bello, Miss Temilade Olajide and Mr. Toyin Adeseko.

Ahmed Mohammed

NICO North-Central Zone

Ilorin, Kwara State

NUTAF BoT Seeks To Domicile National Secretariat With NICO

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The Board of Trustees, Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF), is seeking to domicile its National Secretariat with the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Head Office, located at No. 23, Kigoma Street, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja-FCT.

This was contained in a letter addressed to the Executive Secretary of NICO, Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, signed by the Chairman, NUTAF/NUTASA Board of Trustees, Professor Emmanuel Dandaura, dated 16th January, 2017, with the caption: Invitation to Host NUTAF Secretariat at NICO Headquarters.

The letter reads in part: “The Board of Trustees of NUTAF/NUTASA hereby requests your kind acceptance to host the National Secretariat of NUTAF in your headquarters in Abuja until such a time that the Board can build its own permanent office complex”.”

According to the letter, the choice of NICO is in recognition of the fact that it is the leading training arm in the Ministry of Information and Culture, which is affiliated to a NUTAF/NUTASA member University.

The letter further states that NICO’s kind consideration and approval to host NUTAF National Secretariat, pending when it builds a permanent office complex, will not only be a major boost to the ongoing efforts to reposition the Festival but also allow for all-year-round coordination and interface with potential donors, interested private sector players, and relevant government agencies.

Caleb Nor
Corporate Affairs Unit
NICO, Abuja

NUTAF Holds 4th National Roundtable In Benin

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The 4th National Roundtable of the Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF) will kick-off, Friday, 27th January, 2017, at the Department of Theatre and Mass Communication, University of Benin, Ekenwan Campus, Benin City, Edo State by 5pm.

A letter inviting the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, to the Roundtable, signed by the Chairman, NUTAF/NUTASA Board of Trustees and Convener, Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura, dated 16th January, 2017, disclosed that NUTAF at its 3rd National Roundtable had identified NICO as one of the critical stakeholders to partner; hence, the request for the presence of the NICO ES to facilitate full discussion of the possible areas of collaboration.

Part of the Agenda for the Roundtable will include a Brief from the host of NUTAF 2017; Technical Session on Festival Logistics; Consideration of Proposals for MOUs, and NUTAF 2018.

It is also expected that the NUTAF/NUTASA Board of Trustees, NUTASA members as well as NUTAF Technical Work Group will hold their meetings during the Roundtable event.

It will be recalled that the Nigerian Universities Theatre Arts Festival (NUTAF) was a platform for students of Departments of Theatre/Drama/Performing Arts from various Nigerian Universities to congregate and carry out theatre performances on a competitive scale; but the festival has not been held for over 20years and the current effort is geared towards resuscitating it.

Caleb Nor
Corporate Affairs Unit
NICO, Abuja

Join Hands With NICO To Promote Nigeria’s Cultural Rebirth – Ayakoroma

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The Executive Secretary of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Assoc. Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, has reiterated that Nigerians from all walks of life need to join hands with the Institute towards a cultural rebirth for a better Nigeria.

 

This was the position of the NICO ES during the continuation of the 2nd phase of a 2-Day Cultural Orientation and Sensitization Programme for Junior Secondary School Students in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State held from 29th-30th November 2016, at the Emporium Event Centre, JBS Estate, Benin City, Edo State.

 

The programme was organized by NICO as part of its mandate of promoting, reviving, developing and sensitizing the citizenry on Nigeria’s cherished cultural values in collaboration with the House Committee on Culture and Tourism.

in his welcome address, Prof. Ayakoroma, who was represented by the Director, Orientation and Cultural Affairs of the Institute, Mr. Alex Omijie, reiterated that the cultural orientation and sensitization programme, which is in furtherance of NICO’s statutory mandate of harnessing Nigeria’s culture for national development, was designed to stimulate the interest of youths in our culture and to imbibe in them a better understanding of the place of culture in national development.

 

Noting that culture, as the totality of the life patterns of a particular group of people, explains everything about their way of life, their language, religion, cuisines, social habits, dances, music and arts, Ayakoroma stated that, it is a social mechanism that helps individuals to understand their environment.

 

According to him, in-order to maintain, defend, protect and develop our culture, there is need for the youths to appreciate the worth of Nigeria’s diverse but rich cultural endowments; and that their understanding would serve as a veritable channel for the transmission of the good aspects of our culture from one generation to another.

 

This, he said, was the reason why the Institute, in the bid to effectively sensitize and connect our youths firmly to their roots and provide them access to various resources of history, literature and culture, established NICO Cultural Clubs in Schools, and created a platform, known as, Children’s Cultural Extravaganza for students to engage meaningfully in cultural activities.

 

The NICO ES stated that this vision was imperative because youths are very important members of the society, as they do not only serve as a bridge between the past, present and future but they are indeed the very embodiment of the future of the nation; noting that, though our youths are rich in potentials and competence, they do not develop in isolation but in context of family, community, educational system, public policies and society; hence, the reason why the cultural orientation and sensitization programme organized by the Institute was very apt.

 

He enjoined Nigerians to avail themselves of NICO’s cultural orientation and sensitization programmes and to partner the Institute and that all hope was not lost regarding cultural renaissance for Nigeria as we return to the cultural realities, norms, values and ways of life that kept our forefathers united and focused.

 

In his view, to achieve this goal, people must imbibe the culture of respect for authority, celebration of valour, integrity and noble acts; and that it was a clarion call for a collective responsibility of all: the youths, fathers, mothers, chiefs, traditional rulers, political and opinion leaders, to join hands with NICO and the Federal Government towards a cultural rebirth for a better Nigeria.

 

The ES also used the opportunity to appreciate the leadership of the House of Representatives, and especially the House Committee on Culture and Tourism, under the Chairmanship of Hon. (Engr.) Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, Member, Representing Oredo Federal Constituency, for his efforts at making the NICO-organized Cultural Sensitization Programme a huge success as well as for his promise to ensure the sustenance of the programme as an annual event.

 

It would be recalled that on the 24th and 25th of November, 2016, the 1st edition of the cultural orientation and sensitization programme was held at the same venue for senior secondary school students, where about twelve schools participated and competed in different cultural events and winners carted home various cash prizes; while all participating schools where given certificates of participation as well as consolation prize of fifty thousand naira each.

 

Jonathan Nicodemus

Corporate Affairs

NICO HQ, Abuja

Argungu Fishing Festival Inscribed by UNESCO

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Nigeria has made history at the on-going 11th Session of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), at Conference Hall I, United Nations Building, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as the nomination of the Argungu Fishing and Cultural Festival on the Representative List of the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity was adopted.

In the face of a very critical assessment of the Nomination File by the Evaluation Body, an Amendment to the dossier was sponsored by Palestine, based on added information from the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO); it was strongly defended by Senegal; it received no objection from States Parties, and was eventually adopted.

Reacting to the cheering development, the Nigerian Delegation to the ICH Conference, led by Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, the Executive Secretary/CEO, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), who is also a Visiting Associate Professor at Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), was full of appreciation to all, in the face of earlier apprehensions.

In his appreciation speech, Prof. Ayakoroma stated: “Mr. Chairperson, Members of the Committee, States Parties representing the various Member countries present here, let me, on behalf of the Nigerian Delegation, heartily appreciate the government and people of Ethiopia, for the warm hospitality. We also wish to express our deep appreciation to Members of the Evaluation Body and the Committee for a thorough assessment of the Nomination File. Unesco ICH2

“Nigeria is a country of over 170million; Nigeria is a country of over 250 ethnic groups; Nigeria is a country of over 520 indigenous languages; and Nigeria is a country with abundant festivals. The reality is that Nigeria, our beloved country, has a diversity of cultures that have not been given the needed attention.

“There are hundreds of thousands of edifying cultural practices and expressions that demonstrate the diversity of the Nigerian people. Consequently, there is the need to raise awareness about their importance through inscription on the Representative List. The Argungu Fishing Festival is just one among the numerous fishing festivals in the country. This is a festival that started as a community initiative. In the words of Ibrahim Hussain’s Kinjeketile, “A man gives birth to a word; the word grows… and it grows bigger than the man who gave it birth”. Today, the Argungu Fishing Festival has gone beyond a village gathering, attracting and unifying people nationally and internationally.

“Mr. Chairperson, there are cultural elements in various communities in Nigeria that require urgent safeguarding measures for them to be sustained for future generations to come. We believe that the ICH programme is a veritable window for us in Nigeria, and indeed Africa, to bring to the fore our unique cultural endowments.

“We like to recall that, so far, Nigeria has only the Ifa Divination System and the Ijele Masquerade on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. These two elements were inscribed in 2008 and 2009, respectively; while the Oral Heritage of Gelede, a multi-lateral element with Benin and Togo, was inscribed in 2008. Today, we have made history with the inscription of the Argungu Fishing Festival on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

“The Nigerian Delegation wishes to reiterate its position to be more committed to carry on with the documentation of our rich and cherished intangible cultural heritages. The elements are there in abundance. We have the will; and as the saying goes, ‘once there is a will, there is a way’. We will further strategise and make a rebound in the preparation of more Nomination Files on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

“We thank you all for the support and for your kind attention”.

It would be recalled that the Evaluation Body had approved only two out of five of the Nomination criteria, meaning that the file was to be referred to another Nomination cycle; but the Nigerian Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Ambassador Maryam Katagum, never gave up and insisted that NICO, the UNESCO Focal Agency on the ICH in Nigeria, needed to provide additional information as an Amendment for the file, which was done.

With the ES, NICO to defend the Nomination of the file were Mrs. Edith Okoro (Delegate Counsellor, Nigeria’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO), Mr. Ibrahim Lawal (Coordinator, NICO North-West Zonal Office), Mr. Law Ikay Ezeh (Deputy Director/SA-ES), and UNESCO accredited Nigerian ICH Advisory Experts, namely, Mr. Joseph Ogieriakhi (WACIPR), Dr. Casmir Ani (CEPPER), Mallam Babagana Abubakar (KDA), as well as Sis. Dr. Marie Agatha Ozah (Executive Board Member of the International Council of Traditional Music, ICTM).

The 11th Session of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO)’s Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH), which opened at Conference Hall I, United Nations Building, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Monday, 28th November, 2016, will last till Friday, 2nd December, 2016.

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House Of Reps Promises Adequate Budgetary Allocation For NICO In 2017

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The Speaker, House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, has said the House will increase budgetary allocation to the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) in the 2017 budget session, to ensure the Institute succeeds on its mandate of re-orienting Nigerians towards a culture-oriented lifestyle.

 Dogara disclosed this in Benin, the Edo state capital, on Thursday, 24th November, 2016, while speaking as Chairman at the opening of a 2-day Cultural Orientation and Sensitization programme for Senior Secondary Schools 1-3 students, in Oredo Local Government Area of Edo State organized by NICO, in collaboration with the House of Representatives Committee on Culture and Tourism. 

dogara repRepresented by the Deputy Chief Whip of the House, Rt. Hon. Pally Iriase, the Speaker maintained that NICO has a very important role to play in the society and the only way the Institute can sustain its cultural orientation campaign is to ensure there is adequate budgetary provision for the Institute to ensure continuity of such sensitization programmes.

 His words: “NICO has an assignment as far as the House of Representatives is concerned that is even more important than other agencies of government. because if you can get us into the frame of mind for cultural renaissance, most of the things we suffer from will no longer be there. Our cultural identity will at once force on us patriotism and we will love and care for Nigeria and not destroy our common wealth in the name of agitation.”

 “Happily, the budget session is yet to begin and I believe that we do not only talk but also do. We know without budgetary provision, NICO cannot achieve the sustainability of its supposed campaign on cultural re-orientation. We will therefore make sure that adequate provision is made for NICO in the 2017 budget;” he said.

While stressing that such a cultural orientation and sensitization programme targeted at our youth was long overdue, Dogara regretted that Nigeria is today witnessing a lot of conflicts and torment our choices in corruption, get-rich quick syndrome, lack of respect for elders as well as our carelessness about societal values.

 He therefore reiterated that the programme must not only be sustained but taken to every nook and cranny of the country, saying what had taken us out of the track was the complete departure from the cultural norms of our society.

The Speaker, who said he was mindful of the fact that no country in the world today is an island of itself which makes acculturation inevitable, however stressed the need for us to guide our society on what cultural values we can copy from others and what not to copy.

 He maintained that it was a wise thing to “catch them young” on this matter with a view of bringing our young ones up with a cultural identity that makes them proud of their environment, where they will know that money is not everything and to also know that there is pride in how one makes wealth.

 Speaking in the same vein, the Chairman, House Committee on Culture and Tourism, Hon. Omoregie Ogbeide-Ihama, stated that the decision to focus on secondary school students was not only predicated on the fact that they are the leaders of tomorrow but also because they serve as a critical bridge linking the present with the future, saying the continued existence of society rests on them.

 He stressed the importance of establishing our youths on a very sound cultural and moral foundation through such well articulated cultural orientation and sensitization programmes to enable them appreciate and take pride in their culture.

 His words: “Preserving the culture, tradition and language of our great Benin Kingdom is a commitment we all must make, especially transforming these values into our children. This is one of the reasons we are doing this today to ensure that right from the base, we begin to inculcate cultural values into our students, to enable them embrace cherished values as we have always had in the past”.

 While commending NICO for collaborating with the House Committee on Culture and Tourism to create such a platform geared towards fostering a sense of cultural identity, pride and national consciousness in our students, Hon. Ihama said sustained programmes on value reorientation for our children and youths will go a long way in addressing the challenges facing us today as a nation and also serve as a creative antidote against the ravaging effects of globalization.

 He therefore disclosed that the Committee will continue to support NICO in organizing programmes and projects that are geared towards repositioning our young ones to become dependable leaders of tomorrow.

 

Caleb Nor

Corporate Affairs Unit

NICO, Abuja

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