Runsewe Extols Upbeats In Culture, Tourism In 2018

* Otunba Runsewe


…Plans Nationwide Tour Soon

Director-General National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe has expressed satisfaction with culture and tourism activities in Nigeria last year.

This is just as he promised to embark on culture evangelism tour of the 36 states of the federation very soon.

The NCAC DG singled out Lagos, Rivers, Cross-River, Kaduna, Plateau and Edo States for engaging and promoting robust culture and tourism activities in 2018, which according to helped create a window for organised local and international visits across Nigeria.

Runsewe, whose office organised some of the most notable cultural festivals in Nigeria last year such as National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) and International Arts and Crafts Exposition (INAC), noted that the upbeats in culture activities from all states in the country would help to sustain an all year and season holiday culture in Nigeria and also anchors certified cultural festivals as tourism products to help local and international tour operators in marketing Nigeria to the world.

According to Nigeria’s chief cultural officer and President, World Crafts Council, Africa region, what took place around the country last year is a revolution which would place Nigeria in its rightful place in global tourism community.

The NCAC DG noted that the N50 billion spending by holiday makers in Lagos is a huge eye opener to what can trickle down to operators of businesses and the service industry.

He added that what is needed now is to see that the industry is well organised and turned up to create jobs for Nigerians.

Runsewe stated that Lagos State Government was doing well in tourism and prayed that the state would continue to provide the leadership in strategic tourism activities more than ever before.

To Cross-River, Runsewe commended the governor for making carnival Calabar to take new shape last year through an authentic African Theme which calls for top mind awareness and revival of African culture to help open the continent to visits and collaboration.

He pointed out that the 26 foreign nations that visited and actually participated in the Calabar carnival has taken the cultural carnival to another level.

As Nigeria’s chief marketing officer, Runsewe explained that the cultural intervention in Rivers state during NAFEST, presented Nigeria culture to the world in an uncommon way, adding that he would remain grateful to the Governor of Rivers State, Nyeson Wike of

The Durbar in Kaduna and the refocused attention to rewrite and reposition tourism in Plateau by Governor El-Rufai and Simon Lalong respectively added up to give Nigeria the desired rebound that the world is expecting from Africa’s biggest black nation, Runsewe noted.

On Edo State, which came to town last year with its EdoFest, targeting Edo people and their friends outside Nigeria created strategic attention to the festival and also gave the repatriation of Edo relics and Artifacts in foreign museums and marks it out as a holiday event to watch in Nigeria.

Explaining further, Runsewe said that significantly, Edo is the host ground for NAFEST 2019, thereby expected to be in the forefront cultural discussion throughout the year.



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