Runsewe Calls for Strengthened Mutual Cultural Relationships Between Nigeria and South Korea




The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe has said cultural relationship has existed between Nigeria and South Korea that dates as far back as 2010. He enjoined the two countries to explore and establish the relationship for the benefit of both countries.

Runsewe made the call when the Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea, His Excellency, Kim Young Chae visited him in Abuja. He noted that Nigeria has benefitted a lot from the relationship with South Korea in areas of education, poverty eradication, tourism and trade.

Trade between the two countries as at 2011, he said, was well over $3 million dollars.
At the meeting held at NCAC headquarters in Abuja, Otunba Runsewe took his time to inform the South Korean Ambassador on the forthcoming programme of NCAC called the International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) and to seek the participation of South Korea.

He also sought partnership with the Republic of South Korea in organising a joint exhibition in Nigeria and in South Korea, noting that this will be very rewarding to both countries.

Ambassador Young Chae in his response said the Embassy of South Korea will be interested in joint programme for school children and other cultural programmes that will make Koreans to understand Nigerians better. He proposed a joint food festival as well as arts and crafts exhibition later in the year.
On capacity building, Runsewe said the need for capacity building for NCAC staff on seminars, workshop and conferences on arts and culture, festivals, exchange visits and exhibitions between South Korea and NCAC cannot be over emphasized. The envoy said  the Korean cultural centre will soon be upgraded so that NCAC can use it to project Nigerian films and programmes, promising to work with NCAC to achieve a sustainable mutual understanding between South Korea and Nigeria.


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