How Runsewe parachute culture into limelight

By Frank Meke Sometime in late 2017, few weeks after his glorious appointment by President Buhari as Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe had breezed into a hospital in Abuja to see a friend of mine and industry big wig who suddenly took ill and was near breathless. It was past 12 mid night and he had rushed to the hospital at my invitation and a call to save a soul. Though Otunba is not a medical doctor, he does have this profound ability…

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Passion 4 wins 2018 Carnival Calabar best band

Passion 4 has emerged the best band at the just concluded 2018 Carnival Calabar In the keen contest, Seagull Band came second while Freedom Band came 3rd. Passion 4 Also won the Best Truck (Float) followed by Seagull Band on second and Freedom Band on 3rd position respectively. Passion 4 also confirmed its dominance by emerging the Best Costume Design, followed by Seagull and Masta Blasta, while Bayside Band won the Best Queen, Bayside Band won the Best King In the Cultural Carnival category, Akwa Ibom came first, followed by…

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Runsewe lauds Gen. Marwa’s committee on drug abuse

The director-general of the National Council for Arts and Culture has hailed the initiative of the Gen. Buba Marwa-led Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA). Otunba Segun Runsewe said that the initiative is a welcome development considering the challenges of drug abuse amongst Nigerians especially the youths. Runsewe who is Nigeria’s number one Culture Ambassador and a staunch advocate of preserving the country’s cultural identity, observed with very keen interest that drug abuse has never been part of our culture. Declaring his stand via telephone conversation,…

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30 countries storm Calabar as 2018 Carnival hots up

As preparations for the 2018 Carnival Calabar hots up, no fewer than 30 countries are expected at this year’s event. This was disclosed by the international consultant to the carnival and organiser of Akwaaba African Travel Market, Mr Ikechi Uko in a chat with Nigerian FankNews. The countries are expected to join guests and participants from across the 25 states of the federation coming for the festival. The Carnival Calabar reputed as the biggest street party in Africa has been growing in leaps and bounds, attracting participants from countries across…

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NCAC charges Nigerians on peaceful 2019 elections

Critical stakeholders and indeed all Nigerians have been encouraged to embrace the long tested culture of peace during and after the conduct of the 2019 general elections. This admonition was given by a collective assemblage of relevant stakeholders who converged at the headquarters of the National Council for Arts and Culture in Abuja to preach the message of peace as Nigeria prepares for 2019 elections. Leading the call for peace, director-general (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe charged everyone to maintain the culture of peace and brotherliness that Nigerians have been known…

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Improved security, infrastructure upgrade: Deliberate policy of FG to promote tourism- Lai Mohammed

Photo Caption: The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed (right), presenting a souvenir to the Secretary-General of the D-8, Mr. Dato’ Ku Jafafar Ku Shaari (middl), when the Secretary-General paid a courtesy visit to the Minister in Abuja on Tuesday The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has said the present administration’s efforts at improving security and upgrading infrastructure is a deliberate policy to promote tourism in Nigeria. The Minister, who stated this when he received the Secretary-General of the D-8, Mr. Dato’ Ku Jafafar Ku…

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Four bikers gang set to activate excitements at Carnival Calabar

The Chairman of Carnival Calabar Commission, Mr Gabe Onah has disclosed that four bikers gang are set to add glitz and glamour to the 2018 Calabar Carnival. Speaking in Calabar on Tuesday at the 3rd and final dry run on Sunday December 9, Onah stated that the excitement the bikers bring to the show is unimaginable. He noted that the special effects are the motorcyclists, the power bikers, wonders on wheels and the special vehicles that take on the routes. The Chairman of the Calabar Carnival Commission said the bikers…

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Cross River invites presidential candidates to 2018 Carnival Calabar

The Cross River State Government has invited all the Presidential candidates of political parties contesting in the 2019 general elections to take a week-long vacation from campaigns and participate in the annual event scheduled for Dec. 28. The State governor, Professor Ben Ayade disclosed this on Sunday in Calabar while flagging off the third and last dry run of the 2018 Calabar carnival which has the theme `Africanism’. Represented by his Deputy, Prof. Ivara Esu, Ayade said that the carnival has no political or religious affiliation, adding the show was…

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NPS initiates community platform to drive engagement for nature tourism

A strategic feedback mechanism to enthrone sustainable growth of rural and nature tourism within and around Nigeria’s protected areas (National Parks) has kicked off in Okomu and Old National Parks in Benin, Edo State and Oyo State respectively. The idea was conceived by the Conservator – General of the Federation, Mallam Ibrahim Goni who believes that any successful protected natural resources management must be built around the support zone communities. Towards this agenda, preliminary field trips to Okomu and Old National Parks revealed that the engagement process was not only…

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Lagos set to rock with spectacular ‘One Lagos Fiesta’

Lagos is set to rock this December with its One Lagos Fiesta starting from 24th to 31st. The Fiesta with the theme: A December to Remember promises to live up to its billing by surpassing previous events. The event in its fourth edition is set to give Lagosians something to cheer about this season. Speaking on Monday, December 3 during a press briefing at the Baguda Kaltho Press Centre Alausa, Ikeja on the 2018 One Lagos Fiesta, the Lagos State commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Steve Ayorinde explained…

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