Ogun Shines at INAC Cultural Expo
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The International Arts and Crafts Expo closed recently with epic performances. The 14th edition with the theme titled “Networking Nigerian Arts and Crafts to the World” may have supported National Council of Arts and Culture’s (NCAC) position in using culture as export promotion brand for Nigeria arts and crafts economy. African countries represented by their embassies in Nigeria were major target and drivers.
NCAC Director General, Otunba Segun Runsewe, commended the 12 states and Federal Capital Territory (FCT) which despite Covid 19 impact on the economy, defied all odds to showcase their cultural tourism endowments to the world..
Ogun State contingent, it was reported, put up a fantastic cultural show of force, that Thursday night in Abuja at the International Arts and Crafts Expo. It showcased its rich Ankara and Batik fabrics, spiced with gastronomical outing of the famed Ofada rice to the delight of participants and invited dignitaries.
Permanent Secretary, Ogun state Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Olusegun Olaotan, took to the expo podium to recast the diversity of the state rich cultural tourism endowments, from ankara fabrics, natural resources, rich flora and fauna ecosystem and culinary offerings.
Runsewe praised Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun for his determination and passion to create a cultural tourism economy for Ogun State.
”What we saw at the Ogun State night is a clear reflection of a governor, a leader who is determined to leave the state better than he met it. And through the local adire fabric economy, jobs are created, and an industry sustained. Governor Abiodun has even brought in the culinary offerings, a perfect hold for the Ogun people, noted for its unique Ofada rice variant, very healthy and good for export ”he said.
The NCAC boss who also doubles as President, Africa Region, World Craft Council (WCC), reiterated the urgent need for all state governors to wake up to the reality of the power of culture in transforming dormant economies, adding that oil business is no longer in vogue but the networking and marketing of Culture and to which the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, have in abundant diversity, not excluding gastronomic offerings.