FG Expresses Commitment Towards Developing Tourism Sector

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The Federal Government has expressed its determination to take advantage of the potentials in the country’s tourism sector by providing unique opportunities and the enabling environment for the development of a consistent and long-term framework for private investors.

Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed disclosed this, Thursday, 17th December, 2015 at a workshop organized by the Department of Domestic and Eco-Tourism Promotion and Control in the Ministry at Nanet Suites, Abuja-FCT on the theme: “Mainstreaming Tourism into the Economic Agenda of Government: Issues and Challenges.”

Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba, the Information and Culture Minister said government identifies tourism as a veritable option for sustainable development and is determined to fully exploit its potentials in Nigeria, as one of Africa’s major tourist destinations.

His words: “As the nation grapples with the daunting challenges of re-strategizing the gains of its democracy and also occupies its pride of place in the comity of nations, tourism has been identified as a veritable option for sustainable development.”

Lai Mohammed, who acknowledged the uniqueness of tourism as an important economic sector, which is evident in its ability to employ skilled, semi-skilled and unskilled manpower, however, said the nation is still faced with the challenge of building a resilient and dynamic economy that is well placed to harness the country’s abundant resource endowment.

According to him, the nation’s past experiences highlight the shortcomings of a development strategy that placed premium on foreign exchange earnings from non-renewable natural resources, which he said, have very limited potentials for addressing the development challenges facing the country today.

He expressed optimism that in spite of the challenges being faced by the country, the collaborative efforts of the public and private sectors can still give room for development and improvement in the areas of infrastructure, enhancing investor confidence through provision of adequate security, establishment of Tourism Development Fund, sustainable institutional framework for Public Private Partnership (PPP), as well as consistent government policies for private investors to base their expectations, among others.

Similarly, the Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Ayotunde Adesugba, whose address was read on her behalf by the Director of Planning, Research and Documentation in the Ministry, Alhaji Inuwa Garba, expressed the view that with the global recognition of tourism as a major contributor to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), the potentials presented by the Nigerian tourism sector can indeed sustain the nation's development.

She therefore advised that with the current economic downturn, which is as a result of the dwindling price of oil in the global market, Nigeria must, as a matter of urgency, shift attention from oil as the mainstay of its economy to tourism and other major non-oil sectors.

Other dignitaries present at the event was Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma; the Honourable Commissioner, Benue State Ministry of Arts, Culture and Tourism, Hon. Sekav Iyortyom; Director, External Cultural Relations, Mr. George Ufot; Director, Entertainment and Creative Industries, Miss Grace Gekpe; NICO’s Director, Orientation & Cultural Affairs, Mr. Alex Omijie; as well as SA-ES NICO, Mr. Law Ezeh, among others.

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A United Africa Is A Tool For African Transformation – Prof. Campbell

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The Director, Pan African Studies, Syracuse University, New York, USA, Prof. Horace Campbell, has called on African leaders to find a way to unify countries in the African continent for them to be able to compete with other continents in social, economic, political and cultural transformation.

He made this call in a lecture, entitled, “Reconstruction, Transformation and African Unity in 21st Century,” which he presented at an annual public lecture programme organized recently by the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN),

In the lecture, Prof. Campbell stated that no nation can experience maximum transformation without the cooperation of other nations and that African leaders should arise and resist Imperialism and Western Neo-colonialism, averring that this could be achieved through unification of African currencies, youths, resources, etc. like other continents, for example, Europe (Euro), America (Dollar), and so on.

“Africans should start their transformation with education; our people should stop teaching our children in foreign languages and our indigenous languages should be our paramount,” he said.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Director-General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, called on Africans to try and develop their indigenous technologies, which in turn will bring positive developments to the continent, adding: “The development of our indigenous languages, technologies and human resources will put us ahead of other continents if our leaders take it seriously.”

Prof. Mark Anikpo, who was the lecture reviewer, maintained that the unification of Africa will bring up a United Africa, citing the fact that most parts of other continents are united; for instance, Europe, America, Asia, the Caribbean, are together but that Africa is not united due largely to egocentrism and selfishness.

In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), Prof. Ben Chukwuma Ozumba expressed happiness on the lecture and called on African leaders to rise up to the occasion and defend their continent as well the rights of their citizens against Western Imperialism.

Also speaking, the Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, represented by the Director, Research and Documentation of the Institute, Prince Bamidele Olusa, called on stakeholders to key into NICO programmes to enhance the unity of the country in particular and Africa in general, pointing out that the total neglect of our culture has precipitated massive corruption, nepotism, sectionalism, and so on, and that there was urgent need to “go back to the drawing board.”

The vote of thanks was delivered by the Director, Institute of African Studies, UNN, Prof. Emeka Nwabueze, just as the occasion was spiced with performances by Enugu State Cultural Troupe and UNN Dance Troupe.

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NICO Students Successfully Defend Research Projects In Abuja

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Students’ of the Post graduate, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, on Friday, 11th December, 2015 concluded their project defence at the Institute’s headquarters, Abuja, in partial fulfilment for the award of Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA).

drclayIn his opening remark, the Executive Secretary of NICO, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Culture Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), said the essence of having an open defence was to prove the originality of the works and build some level of confidence in students, urging students to be relaxed and articulate in their presentations.

The project defence was done in the following order: Aigbodion Sunday OGBUAN who wrote on the topic: “Culture and Healthcare Delivery in Nigeria: A Case Study of Owan West Local Government Traditional Practices;” Ramatu Yusuf ABDULLAHI – “The Socio-cultural Relevance of Festivals: A Study of Gbagyi Knunu Festival of Rubochi Community in Kuje Area Council, Federal Capital Territory, Abuja;” Nkiru Edith SAMUEL – “The Prospect of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Nigeria: A Case Study of Abuja Multi-Door Courthouse, Gudu-Abuja;” Sarauniya NAKWADA – “Investigating Various Means of Promoting Cham Language Spoken in Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe State, Nigeria;” and Finelady Chinonye MUSHINWA – “The Socio-Cultural Implications of Child Adoption: A Case Study of Abiriba in Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State.”

The second session had presentations from Alfred Ogbe HERBERT, on the topic, “The Educational and Socio-Cultural Roles of Museums in Nigeria: A Case Study of National Museum, Lagos;” – Zainab Lamido MOHAMMED – “An Appraisal of the Dress Culture Programme of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO);” and Olusegun IROKO, on the topic, “Nollywood and the Promotion of Nigeria’s International Image: Corridor of Power and Last Vote as Case Study.”

After the various presentations, one of the panellists, Prof. Mabel Evwierhoma, who is the Dean of Arts, University of Abuja and a Visiting Professor to NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, commended students for their efforts and advised them to be careful in what they write so that they could be proud of their project works in future.

Other members of the panel with Prof. Mabel Evwierhoma were NICO’s, Prof. Barclays Ayakoroma; NICO’s Director, Research & Documentation, Prince Dele Olusa; Director, NICO Training School, Lagos, Mrs. Brigitte Yerima; former Director, Admin & Human Resources, NICO, who is a Visiting Lecturer to NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Barr. Abayomi Oyelola, mni; Deputy Director /SA to ES, Mr. Law Ezeh, and the Coordinator , NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Dr. (Mrs.) Regina Onuoha.

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NICO Training School Students Charged To Take Programme Serious

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ESAs postgraduate students in cultural administration at the NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre start the defence of their project works for the 2014/2015 academic session, the Executive Secretary, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma has drawn their attention on the need to realize that the programme is designed to give officers basic foundation as far as cultural administration is concerned; hence, the need to take it serious.

Ayakoroma gave this charge on Thursday, 10th December, 2015, which marked Day One of the 2-day exercise that held at the Institute's Head Office, located on No. 23, Kigoma Street, Wuse Zone 7, Abuja-FCT.

At the defence of research works submitted by the students in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA), the ES disclosed that Management will henceforth attach more seriousness to the exercise, saying the development was informed by the need to improve on the quality of the programme and the certificates issued.

His words: "We want to encourage students to know that the idea of the programme is to give everybody a foundation as far as cultural administration is concerned. Once you go through this programme, anybody can administer this office and we are looking at a time when this will go down to the states. We want an improvement that is why we are doing what we are doing.

"This is not just a discourse; we felt we should go above the level we were before now, so that we can authenticate this process. By next year, I will not be seating here. I want some professors from Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), to come in as external examiners, who will ascertain what we are doing here. So, you need to encourage others that this place is not a playground but an academic one."

The projects defended include: Maria OKPUZOR – “The Socio-Economic Benefits of Festivals: A Case Study of Leboku New Yam Festival of Idomi in Yakurr Local Government Area of Cross River State;” Iyadunni M. ADELABU-IDRIS – “Kingship as a Cultural Practice in Yorubaland: A Case Study of Installation of Olu Sapere of Sapere in Akoko South West Local Government Area, Ondo State;” Blessing Nkechi MKPA – “The Significance of Traditional Burial Ceremonies in Igbo Land: A Case Study of Ehime Mbano Local Government Area in Imo State;” Uruemu OKORODUDU – “The Place of Akwa Ocha Fabrics among the Anioma People of Delta State: Prospects and Challenges in the 21st Century;” Blessing IRABOR – “The Socio-Political Impacts of Religious Conflicts in Northern Nigeria: A Case Study of Kaduna Metropolis, Kaduna Sate.”

The other presentations were Francisca Nneka OKORO – “The Impact of Television Programmes on the Cultural Life of Nigerian Youths: A Case Study of Igbo Youths in Imo State University, Owerri;” Francis A. IBA – “The Relevance of Rafia Palm to Cultural Performances: A Study of Ekpo Masquerade in Annang Society;” Emuobonuviesa NABOFA – “Perspectives on Culture and Religion in Nigerian Drama: A Critical Study of Emmy Idegu’s The Legendary Inikpi and Sunnie Ododo’s Hard Choice;” and Ugochi Susan DURU – “The Challenges of Theatre in Educating the Society: A Case Study of Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State.”

Reacting to the presentations, Ayakoroma expressed displeasure over the poor documentation noticed in most of the research works submitted by students, saying he was disappointed that after personally taking the students on the course, "Research Methodology," where they were taught how to document research writings, they still came up with poorly documented works.

"I am really disappointed because, if at the level most of you are presently in the civil service, you don't know the difference between MLA and APA style sheets in documentation, then it is rather unfortunate."

For Professor Barth Chukwuezi, a retired Director at the National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), who is a guest lecturer at the NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, thesis writing is a major aspect of research work in any institution and therefore urged the students to take it serious.

Chukwuezi, who stressed that a lot is required in project writing advised that projects should start as soon as the students come into the school so that they make their choice of topic and start the research work, saying if they do that, they will have ample time to go over their research works to make more input.

Responding on behalf of the students, Mr. Uruemu Okorodudu expressed appreciation to Management and the lecturers for the knowledge the school has availed them, saying while most of them thought they knew much before about culture, the exposure they got in the course of the programme proved they had little or no knowledge on cultural issues.

His words: "It is a challenge and a good thing for us to go through this programme. Sometimes you hear words and use them but you don't understand them; but this place is an eye-opener and most important is the fact that there is no end to knowledge. For me, if there is a way to continue, I will volunteer to do so," he said.

On the panel of examiners for the first day of the project defence were Dr. Suru Damisa and Mr. Daniel Chikada of the Department of Theatre and Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK); NICO's Director, Research and Documentation, Prince Bamidele Olusa; Director, NICO Training School, Lagos, Mrs. Brigitte Yerima; Lecturer/SA-ES, Mr. Law Ezeh; and the Coordinator, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre, Dr. (Mrs.) Regina Onuoha.

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Nasarawa State University To Conduct NICO Project Defence In 2016 – Ayakoroma

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ESNational Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Boss, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma has disclosed that project defence by the Institute’s Post Graduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA) students will no longer be an internal exercise from the next academic year, 2015/2016 session, as external examiners from Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), will be in the Institute to perform this task.

Ayakoroma, who is also a Visiting Associate Professor to NSUK stated this on Monday, 7th December, 2015 during the first part of the project defence series held at NICO Training School, situated at the National Theatre Annex, Iganmu, Lagos. 

The ES, who presided over the exercise, said that the project defence was aimed at establishing the authenticity of the research works carried out by the students, to ensure that they meet the optimum set standard, and adding that such works will no longer be limited to use by the Institute.

While commending the ES on the success of the exercise, the Director of NICO Training School, Lagos, Mrs. Brigitte Yerima emphasized that it was the first time that such justice has been done to project defence through in-depth questions and reactions.

She added that the initiative to include external examiners took the exercise a notch higher and will consequently enhance high standard of work output and urged the students to make the necessary corrections as pointed out by the assessors.

A supervisor and resource person, Mrs. Jane Ofili described the exercise as an eye opener stating that the knowledge acquired during the defence will be applied in the supervision of subsequent research works by the resource persons.

Other members of the defence panel were Mr Law Ezeh (Special Assistant to the Executive secretary and resource person), Mr. Ohi Ojo, (Zonal Coordinator, NICO North-Central) and Dr. Regina Onuoha (Coordinator, NICO Training School, Abuja Study Centre).

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Ayakoroma Superintends Over NICO Projects Defence

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A six member panel set up to scrutinize the academic research projects of postgraduate students of NICO Training School commenced sitting on Monday, 7th December, 2015 inside Lecture Hall 1 of the Institute’s complex, National Theatre Annex, Iganmu-Lagos for a defence exercise billed for two days.

The project defence panel, which is led by Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, NICO’s Executive Secretary and Visiting Associate Professor, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), started around 10am with the postgraduate diploma in cultural administration (PGDCA) students defending their projects in a very rigorous session.

According to the Director, Training School, Mrs. Brigitte R. Yerima, it is notable that the PGDCA Project Defence in 2015, the 6th in the series of project defences done by the School, is being supervised personally by the Executive Secretary of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), adding that the ante of project defence in the School has been raised to the next level.

In his opening remark, the Executive Secretary emphasized that with the on-going process of accreditation of the Institute with NSUK in view, NICO had to do what is needful by maintaining originality and ensuring a standard of excellence for the various academic research works done by the Institute.

Ayakoroma reiterated the need to closely monitor the project defence personally in his capacity as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Theatre & Cultural Studies, Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK) and expressed optimism that very senior academic representatives of NSUK will superintend over the project defence of NICO Training School from next year.

The main task of the panel, Professor Ayakoroma continued, was to verify the authenticity of the project works and ensure that they were in conformity with the highest academic standards expected of postgraduate students of the apex and leading cultural institute in Nigeria.

The presenters included Peter DARAMOLA – “The Impacts of Globalisation and Western Civilisation on Yoruba Culture;” Uzefa Solomon AGORO – “The Influence of Western Culture on the Socio-Economic Development of the Ijaws: A Case Study of Epie-Atissa People of Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State;” Linda Frank AYAKOROMA – “The Socio-Cultural Significance of Kumbowei Masks and Masquerades;” Frank Ariwera OTOBO – “The Role of Traditional Rulers in the Dispensation of Justice: A Case Study of Ogbia Kingdom in Bayelsa State;” and Friday Chris ALOBU – “The Contribution of Local Rice Production to Nigeria’s National Development: A Case Study of Abakaliki Rice.”

The other presenters were: Kindness Chinwendu OKECHUKWU – “The Elements of Culture in Nigerian Drama: A Comparative Study of Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman and J.P. Clark’s Song of a Goat;” Emovwerha OFUAFO – “The Production and Promotion of Oil Palm for National Development: A Focus on the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria;” John Kerede AGONONAMA – “The Intrusion of Westernization on Nigerian Dress Culture: A Case Study of the Ijaws of Bayelsa State;” and Muhammad Bashir GIDADO – “Power Play in the Administration of Ilorin Emirate: Historical Analysis of the Reign of Abdulsalam Dan Zubair, Oba Mama, the 5th Emir of Ilorin (1891-1895).”

Members of the panel were: Professor Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma; Director and Head, NICO Lagos Liaison Office, Mr. Louis Eriomala; Director, NICO Training School, Lagos, Mrs. Brigitte Yerima; Deputy Director, NICO North-Central Zone, Ilorin, Mr. Ohi Ojo; SA to the ES, Mr. Law Ezeh, who lectures in the Training School; and Coordinator, Abuja Study Centre, Dr. (Mrs) Regina Onuoha,.

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NICO Children Cultural Extravaganza Ends In Style

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The 6th edition of the Children Cultural Extravaganza organized by the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Lagos Office came to an end, Friday, 4th December, 2015 at the Institute’s premises, National Theatre Annex, Iganmu-Lagos.

The event witnessed colourful trends with several schools participating as the venue, which wore a festive look, had all participating schools dressed in diverse traditional attires cutting across the six geo-political zones; just as members of staff were not left out in the cultural displays as they were all adorned in different colourful traditional attires.

The occasion had a variety of programmes, among which were: Yoruba Talk, with a topic: “Ipa Pataki Ti Ero Igbalode Nko Ninu Aiye Awon Odo,” (the Social Media and its Cultural Impacts on Young Nigerians); Traditional Board Game (Ayo); Catching the Train (Dress Nigerian); Cooking Competition; and Traditional Hairdo.

In his welcome address, NICO’s Executive Secretary, Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, represented by the Director, Lagos Office, Mr. Louis Eriomala, reiterated the significance of the event, stating that, “our customs, beliefs, traditions and arts are part and parcel of our total identity and existence as Nigerians;” adding that Nigeria is indeed a very rich country with a very unique cultural heritage, which must be protected, preserved and promoted.

According to Ayakoroma, it was based on the above that the programme, “NICO Children Cultural Extravaganza” was conceptualized, further pointing out that, the traditional board game, “Ayo,” was introduced as part of the Institute’s initiative to promote traditional games so as to prevent them from going into extinction in the nearest future.

The ES said the Institute was mindful of the fact that children are fast losing interest in our rich cultural heritage due to the influence of foreign cultures and globalization, which has made the children’s extravaganza a veritable tool geared towards re-orientating the minds of Nigerian children not only to think Nigerian but also to build in them the ethos of being true Nigerians.

He also decried the lack of cooking ability of many young Nigerian girls of marriageable age, expressing concern that the cooking competition in the cultural extravaganza had been won by boys in the last two years, saying that it was challenge to parents to bring up their children under culture-compliant ways.

The Celebrity Guest of the Day, a seasoned theatre practitioner and veteran Nollywood actor, Mr. Norbert Young, who was thrilled by the traditional dance displays from the various schools, affirmed the Executive Secretary’s position and admonished the children to build their passion towards appreciating a cultural life style.

Norbert Young used the occasion to encourage the children to take pride in their identity as Africans, advising them to be committed and dedicated to their studies as that was the only path way to true success.

The cooking contest, which comprised six schools, was keen and exciting, each preparing unripe plantain porridge; and it had Miss Felicia Aabdulkareem of Bedrock College International Schools clinching the 1st position; Chinyere Akabueze of Jostiana International Schools the 2nd position; while Ezinne Cosmos of Ajeromi Ifelodun High School took the 3rd position.

Catching the Train (Dress Nigerian) saw Malachy Chiemelie from Pater Noster Primary School taking the 1st position; Obakemi Ariori from Durable Children’s School taking the 2nd position; and Halimat Abayomi from Gannies Childrens School coming up in the 3rd position.

The traditional hairdo contest had four schools competing: Gannies Children School clinched the 1st position; St. Paul’s Children Schools the 2nd; and Jostiana Children’s School, Ikotun Egbe the 3rd position.

In the Ayo traditional game contest, Olarenwaju of Gannies Children Schools took 1st; Sadiq Akinola of Durable Foundation Schools took 2nd; while Evans Iguzor of Jostiana International Schools took the 3rd position.

The climax of the event was the talk in Yoruba, with nine schools participating, which saw the students putting in their best to communicate in their mother tongue in order to pass on the message.

At the end, Adewunmi Opeyemi and Oluwatobi Joshua of Kosofe Junior High School took the 1st position; Damilola Alao of Bedrock College International took the 2nd position; and Fasomoye Femi of Kings College Lagos took the 3rd position.

In his closing remarks, the Director, NICO Lagos Office, Mr. Louis Eriomala thanked all sponsors and staffers of the Institute, who made it possible for the event to be a success and encouraged all to look forward to attending the 2016 edition of the programme.

He also seized the opportunity to send forth two staffers transferred to the Ibadan Office of the Institute: Mr. Kenneth Odum, formerly Head, Research and Documentation and Mrs. Joy Nkwor, formerly Head of Registry Unit, and admonishing them to put in their best in carrying out their duties to the best of their knowledge.

The colourful event had in attendance the Zonal Director, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), represented by Mr. Afegbo Momoh; Director, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria (APCON), Mrs. Ngozi Agbo; the press and a host of others.

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Communiqué From The 1st Meeting Of Professors Of Theatre Arts

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The first meeting of Professors of Theatre and Media Arts in Nigerian Universities held at the University of Abuja from the 1st to the 3rd of November 2015. The meeting was organized by the Society of Nigeria Theatre Artists (SONTA). In attendance were professors of Theatre, Dramatic, Creative and Performing Arts as well as professors of Film Production and Film/Media Studies from the following Universities: University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, University of Jos, University of Ilorin, University of Maiduguri, University of Benin, University of Port Harcourt, University of Abuja, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Federal University Lafia, Kwara State University, Malete, Nasarawa State University Keffi, and Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island.

The meeting consisted of an Opening Ceremony and a Technical and Executive sessions. Among those in attendance at the opening ceremony were Prof. Michael Umale Adikwu, the Vice-Chancellor of University of Abuja, the Deputy Vice Chancellor administration Prof. Sani Mashi and the DVC Academics, Prof. Gboyega Kolawole; Prof. S. O. O. Amali, former Vice-Chancellor of University of Ilorin and Nasarawa State University, Keffi and a Trustee of SONTA; Prof. Duro Oni, Deputy Vice Chancellor Management Services, University of Lagos; Prof. Olu Obafemi, former Director of Research, National Institute of Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) – Chairman of the occasion; Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, Executive Secretary/CEO, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Professor Hyginus Ekwuazi, former Managing Director, Nigeria Film Corporation; Prof. Saviour N.A. Agoro, Provost, Isaac Jasper Boro College of Education; Prof. Saint Gbilekaa, former Chief of Staff to Benue State Governor; Prof. Emman Dandaura, former president of SONTA and a Trustee; Prof. Mabel Evwierhoma, Dean of Arts, University of Abuja; Prof. Sunday E. Ododo, President of SONTA and convener of the meeting, amongst many others.

Papers were presented at the meeting to set the tone for discussions. The chairman for the Technical Session was Prof. Olu Obafemi. The papers are:

  1. “A Critique/Review of the Media Arts/Film/Film Studies Programme: Towards a Benchmark Template” by Prof. Hyginus Ekwuazi.
  2. “Theatre Arts – Industry Interface and Industrial Training Fund (ITF) – SIWES” by Prof. S. E. Ododo.
  3. “Developing a Template for the Appointment and Promotion of Theatre Artists in Nigerian Universities” by Prof. Sam Ukala.
  4. “Benchmark for Theatre/Dramatic/Performing Arts Programme and Cultural Studies in Nigerian Universities: Towards a Template of Modification for more Relevance” by Prof. Emman S. Dandaura.
  5. “Falling Standards both in Teaching and Publications; Physical Conditions of Performance and Training; Research and Mentoring.” by Prof. Olu Obafemi.

At the end of the presentations, three main issues engaged the attention of the professors

in attendance. They are:

  1. The place of Theatre/Dramatic/Performing Arts in Media Arts, Film and Film Studies.
  2. Theatre – Industry interface; and
  3. Developing a template for Appointment and Promotion of lecturers in Theatre/ Media Arts.


After exhaustive deliberations, the meeting observed as follows:

  1. That the current content of Theatre Arts curricula is not responsive to industry needs.
  2. That Film Production is different from Film Studies and there is currently no template for them and that both are integral to the Performing Arts.
  3. That there is an inadequacy of technical and physical facilities for effective curriculum delivery.
  4. That there is no coherent policy of Industrial Attachment for the Creative Arts.
  5. That currently there is no commensurate template for evaluating practice and scholarship.
  6. That the current BMAS does not reflect current realities and development in the discipline.


In the light of the foregoing observations the meeting recommends as follows:

  1. There is need to establish and review periodically the curriculum in order to connect between the Academia, Industry and Government.
  2. There is need to develop separate templates for Film and Film Studies and both should be domiciled in Theatre Arts.
  3. For effective delivery of theory and practice, Government should make improved budgetary allocations for resource input and physical facilities.
  4. The University system should create a template that is favourable to both practice and scholarship for promotional evaluation.
  5. As experts and professionals in the discipline, there is need to carry along SONTA and affiliate bodies in issues of Policy and Curriculum Development for Theatre Arts and Film Studies.
  6. SONTA should organize a workshop for theatre and media/film arts professors to revise existing curriculum and make necessary recommendations to the NUC on BMAS for theatre, Film/Media arts and cultural studies soonest.

Closing Remarks:

We thank the Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja for hosting the meeting and for his very useful suggestions. We thank the professors that attended the meeting and the media in a special way, particularly Africa Independent Television (AIT) and Voice of Nigeria (VON) for excellent coverage of the event. And we thank the executive Secretary of the Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma and his team for supporting this initiative.

Signed:                                                                       Signed:

Professor Sunday Enessi Ododo, fsonta                Professor Olu Obafemi, fsonta, NAL

President, SONTA                                                   Chairman of the Meeting

3rd November, 2015

FG To Explore Culture & Tourism Potentials For Revenue Generation

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The Federal Government has restated its commitment towards exploring the numerous potentials that abound in the culture and tourism sector as sources of revenue generation in the face of dwindling prices of crude oil in the global market.

The Honourable Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed reiterated this on Thursday, 3rd December, 2015 during an interactive session with the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism at the National Assembly complex, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Lai Mohammed, who said the culture and tourism sector remains a fundamental component of sustainable development, maintained that the present administration is committed to not only exploring all untapped resources in the country but will also revamp particularly the cultural industries as one of the strategies to create more jobs.

His words: "The culture sector will get attention unlike in the past. Our commitment now is unlike in the past when the dynamism and potentials of the sector where not recognized beyond music, dance and entertainment. Thus, the ministry under my watch will focus on the development of the nation's cultural resources towards creating jobs. We will harness the abundant resources within the domain of the culture and tourism sector with the zeal to reposition the sector."

Commending the Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism for the manner in which they conducted the interactive session, the Minister, who stressed that he is comfortable working with the committee, pledged to accord it the respect it deserves and see it as a committee that is in partnership to enhance the growth of the ministry.

On his part, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Culture and Tourism, Senator Matthew Urhoghide said for the agencies to perform optimally, the Committee is willing to do what it takes to ensure they remain viable, adding: "If you are having challenges of paucity of funds, the committee is willing to ensure we reincorporate the issues to the agencies under this ministry a new lease of life."

He charged all Chief Executives of culture parastatals to take advantage of the Committee to work for the good of the sector and not just look at the Committee as one that is saddled with just performing oversight functions alone.

Senator Urhoghide however admonished the Chief Executives to key into the Change Agenda campaign of the present administration, stating that for the reorientation of the citizenry to be successful, the change must start with them, stating that the country has moved to a phase where wastage can no longer be tolerated and they must use all the resources allocated to them judiciously.

Present at the interactive session with the minister, the permanent secretary and directors in the culture sector of the ministry were all ten chief executives of culture parastatals and their directors.

Caleb Nor

Corporate Affairs Unit

NICO, Abuja

NICO Training School Students Begin Project Defence

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Starting Monday, 7th December, 2015, postgraduate students of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Training School will begin the defence of their research projects submitted in partial fulfilment of the Institute’s requirement for the award of the Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Administration (PGDCA).

The project defence sessions will hold in Lecture Hall I of NICO Training School Complex, National Arts Theatre Annex, Iganmu-Lagos on Monday and Tuesday, that is, 7-8 December, 2015; while those in the Abuja Study Centre will have theirs on Thursday and Friday, that is, 10-11 December, 2015.

The essence of project defence, according to the Director, NICO Training School, Lagos, Mrs. Brigitte Yerima, is to ascertain the originality and valid contributions of the projects to development of Nigerian culture, as NICO is focused on building the capacity of the culture sector in order to transform cultural assets into economic benefits.

The Director added that the students needed to defend their academic research works in order to show that the works were actually done by them independently and without resorting to plagiarism.

NICO Training School, in the 2014/2015 Academic session, enrolled a total of 45 students for both the Postgraduate Diploma/Diploma in Cultural Administration programmes in the Lagos Centre and 24 Postgraduate Diploma in Cultural Administration programme in the Abuja Study Centre.

All the postgraduate diploma students are expected to face the academic panel to defend their research works.

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NICO Training School

Akhilome Takes Over As Coordinator, NICO South-East Zonal Office

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The Administration of the South-East Zonal Office of National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) in Owerri, Imo State, on Friday, 20th November, 2015, witnessed a change of baton as Mrs. Chioma Duru handed over to Ms Justina Akhilome, who was until this time the second in command, as the Zonal Coordinator.             

In a brief but emotion laden speech, the out-going Zonal Coordinator, Mrs. Chioma Duru, recalled her experiences as the pioneer Zonal Coordinator, disclosing that, the initial challenges at the take-off office, and how the problems at the time appeared insurmountable.

She said it was not too long before succor came when the current Executive Secretary/CEO, Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma came on board as NICO helmsman, relocated the Zonal Office to the present address, provided equipment and totally transforming it, which are some of the milestones for which she, and indeed all pioneering staff of the zone, would ever remain grateful to the Prof. Ayakoroma.

Praying God to bless and reward the ES for his excellent works in NICO, Mrs. Duru added that Prof. Ayakoroma caped his repositioning of the Zonal Office then with a visit, eulogizing the ES for his exceptional leadership qualities, which, according to her, inspired her to work hard in order to take the Zonal Office to a great heights.

In concluding, she applauded the staff for their immense support she received during her tenure and encouraged them to extend same to the new Zonal Coordinator, adding that, “The journey that started in April 2009 has officially ended today.”

Also speaking, the in-coming Zonal Coordinator, Ms. Justina Akhilome, thanked Mrs. Duru for her pioneering achievements and pledged to continue from where she stopped.

She stated that as one of the pioneer staffers of the Zone the teething problems associated with a pioneering endeavour were overcome with the cooperation of the staffers.

justina akhilomeThis, she said, was possible because of the fatherly and exemplary interest and constant support to the zone by the Executive Secretary, Prof. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who, equipped the zone and ensured that it succeeded, promising to do her best to improve on the performances of her out-going colleague in order to bring about the attainment of NICO set goals.

Akhilome prayed God to grant Mrs. Duru success as she goes to assume duty as Assistant Director, Research and Documentation Department, at the Headquarters, Abuja – FCT, and calling on staffers of the zone to accord her the same level of cooperation that they accorded her predecessor.

On behalf of the zonal staffers, the Head of Research and Documentation, Mr. Obumneme Nwafor, pledged to cooperate with the new Zonal Coordinator just like her out-going colleague and wished Mrs. Duru success in her new role at the headquarters.

The brief but eventful ceremony, which was witnessed by staffers of the Zone, generated mixed feelings, the high point being the signing of the hand over formalities by both the out-going and in-coming coordinators; just as staffers of the zone prayed for the success of the two directors, in particular, and the management and staff, in general.

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Omeri Advocates Military-Media Collaborations To Fight Insurgency

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Mike Omeri 150x150The Director-General, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has said if relevant stakeholders like the military and media practitioners fail to constantly collaborate in the fight against insurgency, not only will the nation deny itself of victory over terrorism but the result will also pose untold danger for the country.

Omeri made this known, Thursday, 26th November, 2015 at the NOA headquarters, Old Federal Secretariat, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, while giving an opening remark at a one-day seminar, organized by the agency on the theme: “Do the Right Thing: Close the Security Gaps”: The Role of the Media in Security Reporting in Nigeria.

The NOA boss, who said there was need for understanding and synergy between security agencies and the media in the reportage of activities of insurgents in the country, maintained that such must be done while conscious efforts were made to place national interest at the fore of all media reports.

His words:: “The global threat of terrorism is resonating in several parts of the world and we are inundated with media reports emanating from various parts of the world on the carnage and needless loss of lives and property. It is indeed time to pause and consider the roles that various sections of the public ought to play in the fight against terror so as to close the various seeming gaps that may have inadvertently been created and may pose untold danger if not checked.”

“One key area requiring keen alertness on the part of all stakeholders is the prevailing need, at this time more than ever, to protect critical national information and common facilities including sources and channels of food and water supplies. All hands must be on deck to support and compliment the heroic efforts of our military by remaining vigilant and availing security agencies of useful information about suspicious characters, items and movements in our immediate environments.”

According to him, the commitment of the Federal Government and the nation’s armed forces towards achieving victory over insurgents has been underscored by stakeholders, as President Muhammadu Buhari has issued a deadline of December, 2015 for the successful completion of the anti-insurgency war.

He however debunked the claim that the security challenge confronting Nigeria today is a true reflection of who Nigerians are or their cherished values as a people, stressing that all must strive to assert that Nigerians are peace-loving, hospitable and disciplined people and must collectively build trust between communities and strong synergy among stakeholders to give support to the fight against insurgency.

Present at the occasion were former Director-General of NOA and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), Dr. Tony Iredia, who delivered the lead paper; President, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Abdulwaheed Odusile; Professor Emmanuel Dandaura of Nsarawa State University, Keffi, who represented the President, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations(NIPR); and the Artistic Director, National Troupe of Nigeria, Mr. Akin Adejuwon, among others.

The Executive Secretary, National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO), Dr. Barclays Foubiri Ayakoroma, who was unavoidably absent due to the exigency of office, was represented by the Director, Orientation and Cultural Affairs, Mr. Alex Omijie.

Caleb Nor

Corporate Affairs Unit

NICO, Abuja

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