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Cultural library opens in New York to promote Nigeria`s heritage



Cultural library opens in New York to promote Nigeria`s heritage

By Cecilia Ologunagba

A cultural library to promote the rich cultural heritage and arts of Nigeria in the United States has opened at Nigeria House in New York.

The Consul General of Nigeria in New York, Amb. Lot Egopija, revealed to the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on the sidelines of New York City’s 12th Annual Multicultural Festival.

The festival is hosted annually by the African Chorus Ensemble, founded by US-based Nigerian art and culture owner Ms Joyce Adewumi, who is also the library’s cultural ambassador.

Egopija said the library was opened to make people better informed about aspects of Nigerian culture such as music, clothing, food, artifacts, respect and the ability to coexist despite the country’s multi-ethnic nature. .

“The library is open to Nigerians and other interested nationals; we want the second and third generations of Nigerian-Americans to come and use the cultural artifacts in the library.

“We want them to know the historical background of Nigeria so that they appreciate their country,” Egopija said.

The envoy thanked the festival organizers for allowing groups from different countries and organizations to present their culture.

According to him, understanding culture is the basis for a peaceful and harmonious existence in a given region, society and country.

Egopija said the festival was one of the tools to reduce crime in New York City, noting that the presence of the police and their group at the festival was highly commendable.

“It shows the role of the police in ensuring that there is peaceful coexistence between different groups in the city.

“It will make them understand the psyche of people to help them in community policing.

“The festival is a laudable initiative; we are looking forward to another edition of the festival to enjoy the warm environment, ” he said.

Adewumi, president and founder of the African Chorus Ensemble, said the festival has been a unifying force for the past 12 years.

She also said the festival has been a source of wealth for food vendors, noting that when people buy food, they contact each other for more business opportunities.

Adewumi said tourism could also generate income for Nigeria if funded by the government, noting that she was in partnership with the New York administration when hosting the festival.

“I believe that if Nigeria can focus on its arts, it is a great source of income for the country. Not only that, it could be a goodwill tool to improve Nigeria’s image.

“African Americans and whites hold everything about Nigeria in high regard, so I am promoting it here so that they can continue to enjoy and enjoy it.

“The New York Multicultural Festival is something we need to do in Nigeria; this will bring us closer because there has been a lot of hate crimes in New York before.

“Different races and groups were killing each other; African Americans versus mainland Africans, Dominicans versus Puerto Ricans; it was getting too intense and the police did not have a good relationship with civilians, ” she said.

The US-based Nigerian said the festival has been a unifying force in bringing together different races, groups and cultures. (NAA)


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