Lai Mohammed tasks investors on opportunities in Nigeria’s creative industry

The minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has urged investors to take advantage of the burgeoning opportunities in the nation’s Creative Industry, which he described as the fastest growing sector of the nation’s economy, in terms of business opportunities, employment, earnings and entertainment. The Minister made the pitch at the 11th Tourism Investment and Business Forum for Africa (Investour), which was held on the sidelines of the ongoing International Tourism Trade Fair (FITUR) in Madrid, Spain, on Thursday. He said the sector currently employs about 1 million people,…

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Exploring Singapore’s tourism splendour blended with culture, technology

By Tina Nwanya Being the travel addict that I am, naturally, I’m drawn to destinations that offer uncommon experiences that are way off the beaten paths – and that was my fascination when I decided to explore Singapore, an island city, located in South East Asia, and surrounded by Thailand, Bangkok, Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia. Apart from an innate desire to see the world, I am passionate about traveling with people who exude equal passion for holidays that are therapeutic and rejuvenating; and adventures that open doors for…

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Carnival Calabar: Celebrating 15 years of pure, uninterrupted entertainment

The 2019 Carnival Calabar lived up to its billing as Africa’s undisputed biggest street party in every aspect. Franklin Ihejirika who was at the recently concluded Carnival Calabar in Cross River state reports on the unique features of the 2019 celebration which keeps getting better every year. Fifteen years after, Carnival Calabar is still waxing stronger, soaring higher, surpassing all expectations in the area of tourism, pure and uninterrupted entertainment . When it was started fifteen years ago by the then Governor of Cross River state, Mr Donald Duke, a…

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My travails linked to patriotic desire to protect Govt. property owned by NCAC – Runsewe

The director general of National Council For Art and Culture ( NCAC) , Otunba Segun Runsewe has stated that his current travails is linked to his patriotic desire to protect and defend government property owned by National Council For Arts and Culture. He disclosed that the property , the Art and Craft village (Opposite Abuja Sheraton) valued at 9.8billion is the reason behind why some people wanted him hounded into jail and removed from office because he refused to dance to their tunes. Runsewe further revealed that government property was…

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NCAC boss dismisses alleged indictment by Auditor General’s audit report

The director general of  the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe has dismissed the alleged indictment by the national audit report of the Auditor General of the federation claiming to have found him wanting. In a chat with few selected journalists, Runsewe disclosed that he was neither indicted or found wanting by the report which dwelt majorly on the activities of the agency (NCAC) before he was appointed. He informed that a thorough look at the report captured majorly activities of the agency in 2015 and…

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Money rituals: Runsewe urges Govts at all levels to refocus minds of young Nigerians

To quickly stem the tide of the rising cases of money rituals among the youths, the director general of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe has enjoined the people and government at all levels to partner together in refocusing the minds of young Nigerians on the true values of our culture, particularly as it relates to working hard to earn a decent living. Disturbed by the sudden rise in reported activities of Nigerian youths, sometimes supported by their parents to ‘hustle’ for money even if…

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Carnival Calabar ranks 1st in Africa, 4th globally as Freedom band, Passion 4 emerge joint winners

Carnival Calabar has received documentations being listed in the carnival calenders of the world as the first in the whole of Africa and the fourth in the world. This was disclosed by the chairman of the Carnival Calabar Commission, Mr Gabe Onah, while announcing the results for the best competing bands for the 2019 Carnival. Freedom Band and Passion 4 emerged joint winners of the 2019 Carnival Calabar as the best participating bands. The two competing bands emerged joint winners with 1648 points each in the keen contest at the…

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Nigeria plans to enlist more sites as UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has announced plans to enlist more of Nigeria’s cultural sites as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The Minister stated this during his visit to the Osun-Osogbo Sacred Grove in Osun State, which is one of the country’s two World Heritage Sites, on Tuesday. He said Nigeria’s quest to have more sites designated as World Heritage Sites is due to the abundance of sites that qualify for such listing in the country. Alhaji Mohammed said the country will leverage on its election into…

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Dubai Tourism offers free trips, freebies for Dubai Shopping Festival’s 25th anniversary

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism), is set to delight Nigerians with prizes and free trips to Dubai as part of activities marking the 25th anniversary of the famous Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF). This should include Ghana, and separate ones for Kenya and South Africa. Dubai Tourism and its partners are kicking off several competitions offering Nigerians and Ghanaians the chance to win big just in time for the holidays. The gifts include shopping vouchers or fully funded trips to Dubai to enjoy unique experiences, world-class concerts,…

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NCAC will revive Argungu Fishing Festival for national unity-Runsewe

The renowned Argungu fishing festival is set to receive a breath of new life in 2020 after 10 years of abandonment. This was the promise made by Otunba Segun Runsewe while receiving a delegation led by the Emir of Argungu in Kebbi State, HRH. Alhaji Samaria Mohammed Mera (CON) to the headquarters of the National Council for Arts and Culture. Displaying several publicity/promotional materials specially prepared by NCAC to prosecute the 2020 edition of the festival, Runsewe assured that the fish house he built in 2010 will also be refurbished…

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