Annual NILP Kicks Off At NICO South-South Zone

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The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), South-South Zonal Office, located at No. 51 Imgbi Road, Amarata, Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, on Tuesday, 9th August, 2016, kick-started one of its major programmes, the annual long vacation Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP).

At the opening ceremony to flag off this year’s programme, the Zonal Director, Mr. Ebi Nelson Campbell, welcomed participants and staff of the Institute, and encouraged them to always create an enabling environment where indigenous language learning can take place, noting that for people to live together in peace and harmony and also to respect one another as humans, language is the tool or means.

The Zonal Director urged participant to encourage their wards to come and take part in this laudable programme, adding that what they will learn will help them in future, and regretted the situation where parents neglect to speak their native languages to their children at home.

He further explained that for a society to be at peace, people must learn one another’s language and respect their various cultures and traditions, maintaining that language is the only means of recognizing one’s tribe, which serves as tribal/national identity anywhere in the world.

Campbell explained that language enables us to preserve our rich cultural heritage, thereby ensuring that our culture does not go into extinction, and also used the event to state that languages that will be taught during the programme this year include, Izon, Urhobo, Efik, Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba.

The Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) is a teaching/learning exercise organized by the Institute in the month of August every year to teach Nigerian indigenous languages in all NICO offices nationwide; and the event was attended by participants and staffers of the Institute in NICO South-South Zonal Office.

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NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Felicitates With Michael Bush @ 45

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The National Institute For Cultural Orientation, [NICO] Training School, Abuja Study Centre, celebrates one of her own, Mr. Michael Bush, a student and Class Governor of the 2015/2016 Academic Session.

Popularly called “The Boss”, Mr. Bush, born on 12th August, 1971, hails from Uruan, Akwa Ibom State; he is a creative and passionately altruistic human being, who is presently the CEO at Bush House Group, Facilitator and Lead Volunteer at Bush House Foundation.

As a rare gem and Godly philanthropist, he does not hesitate to exercise his God-given talent of relieving the pain of any individual in need of help. He is known to be dedicated to this vision so much that, he donated vehicles to KAPITAL FM, Abuja, friends and well-wishers. He has also extended his humanitarian gesture to building houses and paying school fees for several people; he is an unusual giver, who gives when it matters.

Mr. Bush, known as, Uyai Uruan, to his people back home in Akwa Ibom State, is a humble and focused human being, who when he sets his mind to a particular deed, does it with passion and uncommon gusto. This, he exhibits in his career and so many other areas including his being a student at the NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre.

One can also see this in the full Line-Up of Activities for his 45th Birthday Celebrations, namely, Kick-Off of Football Friendly between Southern Uruan All Stars FC and Team Media; Presentation of Sets of Jerseys, Football, Nets, etc. to teams; Visit to Orphanage; Sanitation Exercise at the General Hospital; Live Interview on NTA 12, UniUyo FM 100.7, and Radio Akwa Ibom 90.5 FM; All Night Thanksgiving, Praise and Prophecies at Word Tabernacle and a host of others.

NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Culture Diplomats 2016, the entire Management and Staff of the Institute felicitate with Mr. Michael Bush, as he celebrates his 45th Birthday and pray that God crowns his new age with all round flourishing and fruitfulness in Jesus Name, Amen!

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Speak Your Mother Tongues To Your Words At Home – Sanda

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The State Head, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Gombe Office, Mr. Yahaya Sanda, has challenged Nigerians to discard what he termed, neo-colonial mentality of relegating Nigerian indigenous languages to second class status, by embracing speaking their mother tongues with their wards at home, as a way of safeguarding our endangered indigenous languages.

Sanda said this on Monday, 8th August, 2016, at the opening ceremony of the 4th edition of the long vacation Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) organised by the Institute at the State Office of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), opposite ATC, Kasuwan Mata, Gombe, Gombe State.

The NICO Gombe State Head cited an instance with Gombe town, where most people of Fulani extraction cannot speak Fulfulde language proficiently; and he therefore called on them to seize the opportunity being provided annually by the Institute to come with their wards and register to learn Fulfulde, since the programme is free.

Speaking in the same vein, the Acting Head of Orientation and Cultural Affairs Unit, NICO Gombe, Mr. Boniface Pam, implored the participants to exhibit enthusiasm and put their best throughout the duration of the vacation programme, because it is only through that they can maximize the gains of their participation.

He commended the Management of NICO for making the programme free; adding that as such, money cannot in anyway be an impediment to the realization of the objective of creating a sense of pride in people learning Nigerian indigenous languages in order to safeguard them for posterity.

The Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) this year will feature Fulfulde and Hausa languages.

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NICO, Gombe

NILP Participants Advised To Be Proficient In Their Language Of Study

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The Director, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Louis Eriomala, has advised participants of the ongoing Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) of the Institute to take full advantage of the study programme and become proficient in their language of study.

He gave the advice while declaring open the 10th Edition of the Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP), NICO Lagos Office on behalf of the Executive Secretary, Assoc. Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, on Wednesday, 10th August, 2016, at the Institute’s complex, National Theatre Annex, Iganmu-Lagos.

In his opening remarks, Eriomala said the language programme was conceptualised following observations by the Institute of the inability of most Nigerian children to speak their mother tongue was attributable to parents' failure to communicate with their children in their mother tongue, which some see as being primitive.

According to him, the increase in inter-ethnic marriages creates confusion in such homes, as the children do not know the language to learn or speak, adding that it was against this backdrop that the NILP was conceptualized in 2007, as a long vacation programme to teach Nigerian children their mother tongue.

However, since the programme started, adults have always outnumbered the children in attendance and that this development could be attributed to the long vacation coaching and adults want to learn the language of their area of abode.

Eriomala advised the participants to be interactive in the class and not just take notes, but discuss with those who are more proficient in the language after the day's teaching, because language proficiency is attained by constant practice.

He opined that language is the vehicle in which our culture rides and that if every Nigerian learns a Nigerian language other than theirs, it will go a long way in uniting us as a people.

In concluding, the Director informed that attendance will be taken daily as Certificates of Participation will be issued based on attendance and class performance.

This year, the Lagos Office is teaching Hausa, Igbo and Yoruba languages as registration in other Nigerian indigenous languages like Urhobo and Efik have not been encouraging.

Present at the opening ceremony were participants from National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Advertising Practitioners' Council of Nigeria (APCON), National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), and Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC), among others.

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NICO, Lagos Office

Countdown To 2016 Abuja Film Festival Continues

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fidelis dukerAs the Countdown to the 13th edition of the prestigious Abuja International Film Festival (AIFF) in 2016 continues, movie producers have been requested to send entries of their films/videos shot in the last 24 months and stand a chance of being listed in the roll call of honours.

A press release by the founder/initiator of AIFF, Mr. Fidelis Duker, stated that such submissions should have the potentials of being nominated in any of the following categories:

1. Best Documentary Film

2. Best Animation Film

3. Efere Ozako Best Experimental Film

4. Best Feature Film Nigeria

5. Best Feature Film Foreign

6. Best Short Film Nigeria

7. Best Short Film Foreign

8. Outstanding Comic Film

9. Best Student Film

10. Outstanding Male Act

11. Outstanding Female Act

12. Outstanding Film in Directing

13. Outstanding Music Score

14. Golden Jury Award

According to the statement, the deadline for entries is Sunday, 31st July, 2016; and interesting persons must forward three (3) DVD copies of such submissions to:

The Festival Manager

13th Abuja International Film Festival

85 St. Finbar’s Road, Akoka-Yaba, Lagos, Nigeria


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It will be recalled that the Abuja International Film Festival ((AIFF), founded by Fidelis Duker, an accomplished film producer/director, which predates Peace Anyiam-Osigwe’s Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), has become a very big event, attracting filmmaker from several African countries and beyond.

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Neglect Of Mother Tongue, Culture, Bane Of Nigeria’s Devt – Experts

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BamgboseAgain, experts have identified the neglect of Nigerian languages and culture as the bane of its crippled development. This was the submission of scholars, who spoke during the 2016 Authors’ Forum organised by the famous publishers, University Press Plc, at the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State.

This year, the forum, which is a yearly opportunity for authors to celebrate themselves and reflect on their roles as nation builders, focused on ways of sustaining local languages, particularly by transmitting it to the young generation.

The event was graced by notable scholars like Emeritus Professor Ayo Banjo; Eze Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike; Chairman, University Press Plc, Dr. Lalekan Are; MD, UP Plc, Mr. Samuel Kolawole, who also chaired the event, and guest lecturer, Emeritus Professor Ayo Bamgbose. Others present were Eze Prof. Chukwuemeka Ike, Professors Akachi Ezeigbo, Akinwunmi Ishola, Niyi Osundare, Duro Adeleke, and many others.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Are said: “This year’s Author’s Forum will be discussing the neglect of Nigerian languages and culture. Language is more than just a means of communication. It influences our culture and even our thought processes. On a deeper level, language is an expression of who we are as individuals, communities and nations. Culture refers to dynamic social systems and shared patterns of behaviours, beliefs, knowledge, attitudes and values”.

He then lambasted parents, especially younger ones, who are in the habit of speaking to children in borrowed languages. “I am ashamed of our young people of child bearing age. They are the people responsible for the disappearance of our local languages, when they have kids, they don’t speak our local languages to them.

“Remember that you can only learn fast and think deeply in your own mother tongue. Being able to communicate in your mother tongue and at the same time proficient in English are not mutually exclusive. It is believed that if primary education were in the people’s mother tongue it would be much easier to learn English as a second language and be truly bilingual. In our days, the only language of instruction in school the first two years, irrespective of your ethnic background, was in the mother tongue. You must learn in the language of your immediate environment.

“Therefore, we must all cultivate the habit of speaking to our children in our mother tongue at home and facilitate the learning of indigenous language in schools”.

In his presentation, the guest lecturer, Emeritus Professor Ayo Bamgbose, who spoke on the topic, “Neglect of Nigerian Languages and Culture: Counting the Cost”, stated that, “Nigerian languages and culture are losing their status under English dominance in such places as the home, school, and social events. Neglect of Nigerian languages and culture underlies many of the ills plaguing Nigeria”.

He added that, the rationalizations for the neglect included the fact that the country has no local common language of communication, inadequate terminology for most modern expressions, and the need for modernization and globalization. He, cited examples of countries like Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Japan and China who use their languages fully without the excuses and are technologically advanced.

According to him, in the past mother tongue served the educational needs of pupils in the first three or four years in primary schools before English was introduced as a subject in later years. This makes the pupils to be thoroughly grounded in mother tongue before receiving instruction in English and that result to proper understanding of concepts taught in various subjects.

Citing the example of the 1930’s Church Missionary Society’s Iwe Kika readers that covered various subjects, Bamgbose, debunked the usual argument that African languages lacked adequate terms for modern concepts.

Continuing, Bamgbose pointed out that the gains of the past have been eroded and blamed the federal government for the introduction of Universal Free Education of the Western Region that reduced primary school from eight years to six, thereby cutting off the first few years when mother tongue was used as medium of instruction.

He also stated that failure to teach pupils in the language of the environment affects the performance of pupils as they find it difficult to grasp concepts in English, an action that leads to high failure rate in English and Mathematics.

As a way out, he then proposed, “As an alternative to the current practice, a mother tongue or a language that a child already knows well could be the medium of instruction throughout primary education, with English only taught as a subject.

“This has been tried out in 1970-80 at the now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in a project, known as, the Six-Year Primary Project (SYPP) by a former Minister of Education, Prof. Babs Fafunwa, and the results have been impressive”.

Apart from its effects on the pupils, Bamgbose said that the deteriorating use of English to the neglect of mother tongue has also affected the social and political space where it cuts the flow of information. As he put it, “An official language, such as English in Nigeria, puts many people at a disadvantage owing to lack of school education.”

On governance, he noted that the use of English leaves many behind, as they cannot participate fully during sitting as debates, bills, laws and electoral processes are conducted in an unfamiliar language. He then advocated for measures to empower Nigerian languages which include, “Implementation of language provisions of the Constitution, use of Nigerian languages in more situations such as a governor or a chairman of local council addressing a local community, commissioning of language experts for terminology creation, translation of more official documents into local languages.”  


Japhet Alakam

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Saint Gbilekaa Set To Deliver Inaugural Lecture

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All is set for Professor Saint Gbilekaa, a renowned radical theatre scholar, critic and teacher at the Department of Theatre Arts, University of Abuja, and Chief of Staff to the immediate past Executive Governor of Benue State, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Suswam, to deliver his inaugural lecture.

The event, which will take place at the Faculty of Management Science Lecture Theatre, University of Abuja Main Campus, Airport Road, Abuja-FCT, on Thursday, 23rd June, 2016 by 2:00 pm, promises to attract Nigerians from all walks of life, especially academics and students.

As usual, an Inaugural Lecture being an exercise where a scholar justifies his professorial chair, through an intellectual and scholarly discourse; and the 20th edition of the University of Abuja will see Prof. Gbilekaa, speak on the topic, entitled, “Theatre and Politics: The Critic and Social Consciousness in African Drama”.

It will be recalled that, Professor Saint Gbilekaa is a former Head, Department of Theatre Arts, former Dean of Arts, and former Dean of Postgraduate Studies of University of Abuja, in addition to being a former National President of the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA), the umbrella body of all the theatre arts lecturers in Nigerian Universities and tertiary institutions.  

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NICO Training School

Abuja Study Centre

Onikeku’s “We Almost Forgot” Premieres in Berlin, Lagos and Abuja

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World renowned Nigerian choreographer and dance expert, Qudus Onikeku, is set for a world premiere of his latest contemporary dance production, entitled, “We Almost Lost It”, after a decade of successful career in Paris, France.

The dance production, which is scheduled to premiere in Berlin, from 17th-20th June, will be followed by a Lagos premiere on 24th June at Freedom Park, as part of the Lagos Live Arts Festival; the production premieres at the prestigious National Universities Commission (NUC), Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on 26th June; while a Paris premiere is scheduled for 3rd November, 2016.

According to a press release from QDancerCenter, Lagos, dated 10th June, 2016 and made available to NICO News, Qudus Onikeku, a graduate of The National Higher School of Circus Arts, France, who is the Artistic Director and Founder of YK Projects, Paris and the QDancerCenter, has for close to two decades now, constantly pushed the limits of dance beyond the shores of Africa, as he is part of the new generation of international creators, whose works are redefining and refining African cultures and philosophy.

Born and raised in Lagos, Qudus Onikeku is known globally, for his solo works, writings and research projects. He was awarded “Dancer of the year” by the future awards in Nigeria in 2009, while in October 2010, his solo piece titled “My Exile is in my head” won “the best solo performance” during the Africa-wide dance encounters, “Danse l’Afrique Danse” in Bamako, Mali, and the 2012 “New Choreographic Talent” in France. He is a TED global fellow nominee and visiting professor to the University of California-Davis.

“We Almost Forgot”, Onikeku’s latest creation, features on stage six dancers and one actress, all of varied backgrounds and identities (Nigeria, Gabon, Morocco, Algeria, Madagascar and France).

Through the use of high energy movements, storytelling, singing and intricate music, the performance aims at exploring memory and amnesia, and what has the past got to offer the present beyond history.

The idea is to make a fiction of witness accounts, of stories of individuals who have witnessed wars and crises, and to evoke the capacity of our bodies to also keep such memories of trauma.

It is interesting to note that, the Abuja premiere at the National Universities Commission (NUC) promises to be more than just viewing the performance, as it will be followed by a discussion session, where the audience will have the opportunity to interact with the artists and express their thoughts on contemporary dance and its progression in Nigeria and the world over.

According to the release, interested persons can contact the organisers via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +234-812-023-5336 for information on ticket sales and partnership.

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Daughter Of ES NICO, Douye And Peter Exchange Marital Vows

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It was celebration galore as Douye, first daughter of Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, Executive Secretary/CEO, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) and Associate Professor at Nasarawa State University, Keffi, was joined in holy matrimony with her heartthrob, Peter, son of Elder Michael Ifeanyi Aruegbe from Agbor, Delta State, Nigeria.

The union of Douye and Peter on Saturday, 4th of June, 2016 was joyfully celebrated by their families, friends and well-wishers, as the couple signed the dotted lines at the Ikoyi Registry, Ikoyi, Lagos State, Nigeria.

During the memorable occasion, the couple made the mandatory vows to one another under Oath, as it is required by the Common Laws of Nigeria, to be joined in matrimony and to abide by each other, “till death do us part”.



This implies tha
t Douye and Peter are no longer ‘two’ but ‘one’; and this vow, which was immediately followed by soulful kisses by the Bride and Groom, was then sealed in the Register of Marriages in Nigeria and officially witnessed by the fathers of the happy couple.

In Nigeria, as in most part of Africa, the marriage of Douye and Peter is a cause for celebration, as songs of joy filled the air right in the Registry: “This is a Day of Joy” chorused the crowd that had come from Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, Lagos, Bayelsa, Delta, and other states in Nigeria to be part of the epoch-making event.

The celebrations continued as a grand reception followed immediately at the Exhibition Hall II of the National Arts Theatre, Iganmu-Lagos, under the chairmanship of His Excellency Chief Acho Nwakanma, former Deputy Governor of Abia State.

Amidst light and then heavy refreshments of food and drinks in the well-decorated Exhibition Hall II of the National Arts Theatre, guests present were thrilled by young stand-up comedian, Gift Zibima (GeeBonz), Otunba Tunji Sotimirin (Senior Lecturer, Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos), and the Lagos-based Dugumbas Cultural Troupe.

Douye.p2DPThe marriage ceremony was well attended by dignitaries like Dean of Arts, Redeemers’ University, Professor Ahmed Yerima; immediate past Dean of Arts, University of Abuja, Professor Mabel Evwierhoma; former SA Media in the Office of the Vice President, Mr. Chris Mammah; Director-General of National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC), Mrs. Dayo Keshi; Director-General of National Institute for Hospitality & Tourism, Mrs. Chika Balogun; culture activist, playwright, and former Deputy Editor of The Guardian, Mr. Ben Tomoloju; veteran Nollywood producer, Chief Zeb Ejiro OFR; movie director and producer of “Night of a Thousand Laughs”, Mr. Opia Williams.

Others included Artistic Director of Abuja National Carnival, Mr. Biodun Abe; co-consultant of Yaba Tech Film Academy, Mr. Kingsley Omoefe; Nollywood producer, Mr. Theo Akatugba; Nollywood actresses: Tamara Eteimo, Ann Njemanze and Timi Zuofa; President of National Association of Nigerian Theatre Arts Practitioners, Mr. Tunde Obalana; the Executive Director, Finance & Accounts, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Mr. James Afolabi; the Publisher, Kraft Books Ltd, Ibadan, Mr. Steve Shaba; former Arts Editor of Daily Sun, Mr. Sola Balogun; members of the Creative Designers Guild of Nigeria (CDGN), a body where Prof. Ayakoroma sits as a member of the Board of Trustees; Director of Culture, Lagos State, Mrs. Otulana Saidat Olaitan; former Director of Culture, Ekiti State, Mrs. Yetunde Fosudo; Zonal and State Directors of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), and many others.

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NICO Training School

Grand Cereals Limited Supports The Prelude To The Jos Festival Of Theatre 2016

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JosRepTheatre1The Jos Repertory Theatre, as part of its 2016 programming, hosted the prelude to the 10th Jos Festival of Theatre 2016.

The weekend of three plays supported by Grand Cereals Limited commenced on Saturday, 28th May to Monday, 30th May, 2016, at the premises of the Alliance Francaise, Jos, the capital city of Plateau State.

A press release by the artistic director of Jos Rep Theatre, Patrick-Jude Oteh, stated that, Grand Cereals Limited, which has always supported the Jos Festival of Theatre from inception in 2004, is supporting two new playwrights in the premiere of their plays within the festival.

The plays featured included Akolo James Anthony’s Late Pam, Umoren Ubond David’s Bullion Stride and Miguel de Cervantes’ Rinconete and Cortadillo, which had its Nigerian premiere in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, on 20th April, 2016, at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, courtesy of the Embassy of Spain to celebrate 400 years of the death of the Spanish playwright, Miguel de Cervantes.

All the plays selected for the prelude to the main festival address issues of youth restiveness and unemployment and what the youths do with themselves while waiting for the promises that were said to be ‘in the pipeline’.

The mini-festival which featured be raffle draws at the opening and closing ceremonies by Grand Cereals Limited, which came to the assistance of the Jos-based theatre group, after the initial cancellation of the 2016 festival due to lack of funds.

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NICO Students’ Stage Barclays Ayakoroma’s Play, A Chance To Survive

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Students of the Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA) of NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, 2015/15 session on Monday, 16th May, 2016, staged Barclays Ayakoroma’s play, A Chance to Survive at the Staff Assembly Ground, NICO Head Office, Abuja-FCT.

The playwright, Barclays Ayakoroma, who is the Executive Secretary/CEO, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), is also a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Theatre & Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK).

The satiric drama lampoons a community king, HRH Kurokaki who, with his chiefs, corruptly sells community lands to enrich themselves. Their greatest undoing is when all the community fish ponds are sold off making it impossible for fishing activities to take place.

This and other acts of maladministration are challenged by the youth, led by Oloye, whose father had been supposedly killed by the king for challenging his authority.

Angered by this new opposition to his authority, and the ugly incidence of his daughter falling in love with Oloye, the king plans to eliminate him (Oloye), like his father; but he meets his waterloo. The only chance for the king to survive lies in the hands of his arch enemy, Oloye.

The superlative performance of the students in the 55 minutes excerpt of the hilarious play, which was directed by Mrs. Jane Anigala, an Assistant Director in the Department of Admin & Human Resources of the Institute, thrilled the audience.

Commenting on the play production, the playwright, Barclays Ayakoroma, commended the efforts of the students in putting his thoughts into reality, but advised them to work on their lines for a better performance next time.

Also speaking, the course lecturer, Dr. Philip Umaru, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Theatre & Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), commended the efforts of the students and hoped for a better performance from students during the next academic session.

In his vote of thanks, Mr. Michael Bush, who is also the class governor, appreciated Management and Staff of NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, for providing the platform and the enabling environment for students to learn other cultures and also showcase their talents.

Other Management staffers at the occasion, including the Acting Director, Admin & Human Resources, Alhaji Ibrahim Hussaini; Acting Director, Research & Documentation, Mr. Michael Ekoko; Deputy Director/SA to ES, Mr. Law Ezeh; Head of Finance & Accounts, Mr. Alfred Ogbe Herbert, also gave various remarks.

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NICO Training School

Abuja Study Centre

NICO Receives Acknowledgements At 44th CEC Meeting

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The administration of culture in Nigeria was in focus once again as the 44th Meeting of the Chief Executives of Culture (CEC) of the Federation held from the 12th to 15th April, 2016, at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Indoor Sports Complex, Murtala Square, Kaduna, Kaduna State.

It was a gathering organized by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and involved Chief Executives of Culture from all the 36 States of the Federation in addition to the Federal Capital Territory as well as Chief Executives from federal establishments in the culture sector, including the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO).

Speaking at the occasion, the Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Mrs. Dayo Keshi, welcomed all culture stakeholders to the meeting, acknowledging the kind gesture of the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El’ Rufai, for hosting the meeting, and stating that the meeting was intended to embolden potentials, principles, practices, and policies that will best make culture a revenue earner and also drive the economic market in the country.

She admitted that the time had come for our national festivals to form part of a central focus to making our culture marketable and economically viable, and encouraged participants to think outside the box to make culture relevant in the country in line with the change agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration.

While declaring the meeting open, the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El’ Rufai, represented by the Honourable Commissioner of Youths, Sports and Culture, Kaduna State, Hon. Daniel Danauta, highlighted the necessity of making culture more economically viable, considering the fall in oil revenues in the global market.

Using Kaduna State as a case study, which involved the resuscitation of the NOK Heritage Centre, the building of a Cultural Museum, the rebranding of the Kaduna Bazodo Cultural Troupe, and the generation of jobs through the culture sector, the governor affirmed that culture can become a major economic base of any state.

At the technical session, the Kebbi State delegation were quick to acknowledge the magnanimity of the Management of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), led by Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, in giving three of its officers the opportunity of acquiring an advanced diploma and postgraduate diploma in cultural administration at the NICO Training School, which will in many ways improve the fortunes of cultural administration in Kebbi State.

Responding during the Institute’s presentation, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, represented by the Acting Director, Research and Documentation, Mr. Michael Ekoko, thanked the Kebbi State Government, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), National Gallery of Art (NGA), Centre for  Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC) and National Troupe of Nigeria (NTN), for nominating participants to the NICO Training School in Lagos and Abuja for the 2015/2016 Academic Session.

He added that more nominations and applications are being expected for NICO Training School programmes for the 2016/2017 Academic Session, just as he also highlighted the  Nigerian Indigenous Language Programme (NILP) and the National Conference on ‘Culture, Peace and National Security for Traditional Rulers and Local Government Chairmen,’ among other NICO programmes, which are all lined up for the year.

The Artistic Director/CEO of the National Troupe of Nigeria, Mr. Akin Adejuwon and his counterpart at the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, as well as eighteen (18) other State Chief Executives of Culture also made presentations and recommendations on how to get the best out of the culture sector in Nigeria.

The meeting ensured the ratification of, amongst other things, the proposed dates of NAFEST and AFAC with their respective themes: NAFEST 2016 with the theme, “Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigerian Creative Industries”, scheduled to hold from 2-9 October, 2016 in Akwa Ibom State; and AFAC 2016 with the theme, “African Arts and Crafts as Catalyst for Investment in Nigerian Creative Industry”, scheduled to hold from 28th July – 13th August, 2016 in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.

Major highlights of the 44th CEC meeting were cultural performances by the Kaduna State Cultural Troupe, a Gala Night, and a courtesy call on the Deputy Governor of Kaduna State, Architect Bala Bantex.

Mrs. Francisca Okoro (AD, Orientation), Mrs. Khadijat Amin (PEO) and Mr. Arnold Elue (CO 1) also formed the team that represented NICO at the meeting, at the end of which a communiqué was issued, with far-reaching recommendations for the advancement of the culture sector in Nigeria.


Arnold Elue


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