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Runsewe Hails China on Social Corporate Responsibility, Bags Award for Commitment to Arts, Culture

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By Eric Elezuo

The Director-General, National Council for Arts & Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, has hailed the People’s Republic of China for being at the forefront of practicing social corporate responsibilities among the Nigerian citizens.

Runsewe made the remarks while addressing a crowd of Chinese and Nigerian nationals and their friends during the 2022 edition of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day celebration at the prestigious Oriental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos on Friday, adding that the NCAC was committed to as a “catalyst for consolidating and sustaining China-Nigeria bilateral business, cultural and diplomatic relations for many more years to come.”

The ebullient arts and culture icon who doubles as the President, World Crafts Council (Africa Region) and Chairman, African-China Culture and Arts Exchange Society, lauded the many cultural exchanges between Nigeria and China including the the exploits of the Huaxing Arts Troupe in spreading the beauty and magnificence of Chinese Cultural Performances to Nigerian citizens through school walk-ins among others. He noted that both nations crafts and other artistic expressions are essential components in furthering cultural ties between the two countries.

“It is interesting how through these programmes and activities Nigerian Troupes have learnt Chinese cultural dance and music expressions and vice-versa,” Runsewe said.

He also expressed the willingness of NCAC to be involved in frontline partnership with the China Industrial and Commercial Association towards expanding the scope of those events to Abuja. This, Runsewe said, will promote synergies and grassroot participation, especially in the area of training, capacity building, infrastructural development, grants and exchanges.

The Festival showcased deep Chinese cultural performances including the Lion Dance, Waist Drum Dance: Zhang Deng Jiecai, Hongqi Piao Piao, Kungfu among others.

The NCAC Boss’ remarks read in part:

“I assure you of the commitment of the NCAC towards serving as a catalyst for consolidating and sustaining China-Nigeria bilateral business, cultural and diplomatic relations for many more years to come.

“This gesture is indicative of the harmonious Relationship between the National Council for Arts and Culture and the Chinese Diplomatic, Business and Cultural Community in Nigeria, which has continued to flourish under my leadership as Director General of the NCAC, President, World Crafts Council, African Region as well as Chairman, African-China Culture and Arts Exchange Society.

“The NCAC and the Chinese community,” Runsewe continued, “have been hosted and played host to each other in numerous activities, functions and engagements. These include the Pre-INAC Diplomatic Dinners, 50th Anniversary Celebration of Establishing Bilateral Diplomatic Relationship between Nigeria and China, 100 Years Celebration of the Communist Party of China (CPC) among others. Just few weeks ago, the People’s Republic of China actively participated at the 15th edition of the International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) 2022 held at Sheraton Hotel and Towers along 25 other countries and over 20 states of the federation, FCT and numerous Arts and Crafts vendors.

“Beyond the immediate, I wish to reaffirm the excellent relationship between the two nations which is not a mere coincidence but one that is designed by nature for the countries to realize their fullness. Our historical similarities are in the areas of population size and strength, Culture, Food (Cuisine), ethnic diversities and nationalities and above all, nations blessed with resourceful people and our status as emerging political and economic powers in our respective continents. Undoubtedly, the two (2) nations have been able to harness these factors to foster mutually beneficial relationship in many facets of life.

“May I also use this medium to recognize the contributions of the entire Chinese Community, specifically the efforts of the China Industrial and Commercial Association for your worthy Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives, aimed at giving back to the community in forms of grants, scholarships, donations, etc. These interventions are indeed laudable and commendable.

“Countless Nigerians that have been positively impacted by these interventions remain ever grateful to China….

“Finally, I wish to heartily felicitate with His Excellency, the Ambassador, People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Consul-General, China Industrial and Commercial Association and the entire Chinese community in Nigeria as you commemorate this auspicious event.”

Also speaking at the event, the Ambassador of people’s Republic of China to Nigeria, Cui Jianchun, stressed that “peace and harmony are key to development.”

Other dignitaries who attended the event are Chief Mrs Bola Obasanjo, wife of former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo who represented the ex-president; Chief Henry Ikechukwu lkoh, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation; Chief Mrs Nike Davies-Okundaye, founder, Nike Art Gallery; Brigadier General MA Sadiq, Commander, 81 Division Garrison; Chief Matthew Uwaekwe Coordinator, Nigeria China Business Council, and others.

The highpoint of the festival was the presentation of awards to desiring Nigerians where Otunba Runsewe bagged an award for Excellent Commitment to Arts and Culture Between Nigeria and China.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is a yearly fiesta.

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NANTA President Inaugurates Western Zone Secretariat, Recreation Centre

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Mrs. Susan Akporiaye, President, National Association of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA), on Thursday in Ibadan, Oyo State Capital, inaugurated the Western Zone Office and Recreation Centre.

Located within the confines of the National Museum of Unity Aleshinloye Ibadan, the bungalow structured complex, has a restaurant, a bar, toilets and lounge area, with a Conference hall for meetings.

Unveiling the edifice and supported by Nanta veterans, led by nanta’s first female President, Mrs Teresa ( ezeobi) OjO, Nanta President, Mrs Susan Akporiaye, praised the initiative and leadership of Otunba Babatunde Adesokan for the secretariat project.

“From Abuja, kano , Portharcourt and lagos, my charge and directive to all our zonal leadership, is to make nanta proud by leaving behind legacies and strategic income generating projects which can sustain the association at zonal levels and am happy with what Otunba Babatunde Adesokan has done here. This secretariat and recreation centre is an inspiration and commendable,” Mrs Akporiaye stated.

Ibadan National Museum curator, Mrs Pamela otuka Oriyomi disclosed that nanta western zone was allowed to have a secretariat and recreation centre within the museum complex, due to collaboration agenda of the National Museum leadership in Abuja which believes nanta is at the forefront to drive cultural tourism traffic and also a major player in the promotion ofNigerian historical narratives.

Mrs Teresa Ojo, who spoke for the veterans, expressed happiness with the determination and robust commitment of nanta members and leadership at all levels on changing the Nigerian tourism landscape, effectively and effortlessly, through the promotion of Nigeria at the last World Travel Market in London, first ever by any association, , and urged the Otunba Adesokan led western zone, to break more Ceilings, liberating the zone from the shackles of poverty.

“We are proud with Adesokan and his executive for this cheering effort. We want you to do more, locate and promote local tourism sites and create tourism jobs and other strings of income for members.” Mrs OjO, further stated.

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Anyiam-Osigwe’s Death Has Created a Vacuum Difficult to Fill, Otunba Runsewe Mourns AMAA Founder

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President, Africa Region of World Craft Council (WCC) and Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, has described the death of 53 years old founder of Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA), Peace Anyiam-Osigwe as a painful loss to Nigerian culture and creative sectors.

Runsewe said her death leaves a vacuum difficult to fill and prays that God gives the family, and the entire Nigerian culture and entertainment sector the fortitude to bear this sudden tragic loss in a year, the industry is looking up to create more jobs for youths in Nigeria.

“What a loss to our nation and industry. On behalf of NCAC, my family and the entire Nigerian and African cultural tourism industry, I condole with the ANYIAM OSIGWE FAMILY.

Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, who was also the President, Association of Movie Producers in Nigeria, died at a Lagos hospital, aged 53 years old.

Similarly, the DG NCAC, also commiserated with Mrs. Chika Balogun, former DG, National Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Studies (NIHOTOUR) who lost her husband recently and who had been interred according to Moslem rites.

“Mrs Balogun is a valued partner and sister and we, at NCAC sends our heartfelt condolences, wishing Chika to stay strong over the loss of her dear husband.” Runsewe stated

Otunba Segun Runsewe also prayed and sent condolences to Mrs Chioma Ezike of Radio Nigeria and Justina Okpanku of Just Tours, both of whom lost their father and mother respectively.

“These are trying times for these our friends and partners and we thank God for the lives of their parents who lived their full age and gave us these brilliant culture journalists who have been making contributions to the growth culture economy.

“NCAC stands with you both at this hour of your parents passage. Please remain strong” Otunba Runsewe prayed.

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Breaking: Lagos Wins Eko NAFEST 2022

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By Eric Elezuo

The Lagos State contingents at the National Festival of Arts and Culture tagged Eko NAFEST 2022 has been declared winners of this year’s edition of the weeklong cultural fiesta.

The state, which hosted the event, was proclaimed winner at the end of the event at the Mobolaji Johnson Arena in Onikan having scored the highest number of points.

Ekiti which won last year came a distant third as Rivers and Bayelsa were joint second.

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