By Katurak Yashim
The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) on Saturday held a cultural carnival to call on all Nigerians in every facet of life to work towards uniting the country to achieve national growth and development.
The cultures represented at the carnival included the Benin culture from Edo; Nupe and Gbagyi cultures from Niger; Idoma and Tiv from Benue as well as Ibibio from Akwa Ibom.
Others were Igbo, Fulani, Yoruba and Hausa cultures from the South East, North East, South West and North West regions, respectively.
Mr Suleiman Abdul, the NYSC FCT Coordinator, said that the carnival held during every orientation course for corps members, aimed at reawakening the cultural consciousness amongst Nigerian youth.
“The cultural carnival which was introduced to the orientation course programme a few years ago by the management of the scheme is aimed at reawakening the cultural consciousness in Nigerian youth.
“It also serves as a platform for cultural exchange and integration particularly for the young Nigerians who may not have had the opportunity to appreciate other cultures other than their own,” he explained.
Abdul added that the cultural display by corps members signified hope for Nigeria’s unity irrespective of cultural diversity.
“This programme aims to showcase excellence and the diverse cultures we have in Nigeria, and also showcase the creativity of the Nigerian youth. That is the essence of the cultural carnival.
“Corps members from diverse cultures have come together as one using the instrumentality of the platoons.
“In each platoon, you have Nigerians from diverse cultures who have come together now as one, as members of a platoon to showcase the culture of a particular geo-political zone; that is a sign of unity.
“This is what we expect to see outside of the orientation camp. If these young people can come together as one irrespective of culture, tradition and social class, it shows that there is hope for this country, especially for the Nigerian youth,” he said.
Abdul, however, criticised calls to scrap the NYSC, stating that the scheme has over the years proved to be a tool that unites and engages the youth, teaching them the importance of love for diverse cultures and love of country.
“Those calling for a scrap of the NYSC are not aware of what the scheme stands for.
“If they are aware that as Nigerians we should stand together as one and they are aware of the power of the Nigerian youth right from independence; I believe those calls are uncalled for.
“From what we have seen today, it shows that those people have no reason to call for the scrapping of the scheme.
“Ask the young people themselves, I see no reason why a very old man should come and be making so much noise about this; they should rather ask the Nigerian youth what they want.
“Ask the corps members if this is really what they want. I believe the answer will be a resounding no from what we have been able to see here and from what the NYSC has been able to do over the years,” Abdul said.
Mr Emmanuel Okokon-Ndem, a corps member, an indigene of Cross River and a graduate of law from Baze University, called on youths to shun cultural divisions and focus on promoting national unity.
“I feel awesome. I have learned that this crown is called ‘Ade’, this is Ileke, this is my white agbada and the bead I am wearing is called Ileke. The staff here is called Irukere and this I did not know.
“I did not know this before now; as a person from Cross River State I am used to my Itam, ‘Pom Pom’, my wrapper ‘Pinkfong’, and right now I am representing the people of Yoruba and I am happy.
“This carnival is to educate the youth that no matter where you are from in Nigeria we are all one. At the end of the day, nobody will change Nigeria for us; we are the only ones that can change Nigeria.
“If I can represent another culture then why can we not work together to help Nigeria,” he asked rhetorically.
Mr Ismail Bajoga, another corps member and an indigene of Bauchi State, who represented the Hausa Fulani culture at the carnival, said that the event exposed him to cultures he did not know about.
Bajoga, who is a graduate of Modern University for Technology and Information, Cairo, Egypt, said that before the service year, he only knew about the Hausa culture.
“It has been a fantastic experience. I have never experienced something like this in my life. I am glad to have represented the Gbagyis. I have seen different cultures from different places in Nigeria.
“I believe that this is the way forward for Nigeria. Bringing ourselves together and seeing different things; I know Igbos now.
“Before I only hear about the Igbos, but now I have seen Igbos and I know there are good Igbos. The ones I have seen here are a very good representation of the Igbo culture.
“I have seen the Yorubas; I have seen people from different places of the country. Before I only knew about the Hausas; all I knew about the Yorubas was through stories but now I know them and their culture,” he said.
Miss Chimdindo Ndikife, a corps member from Anambra and a graduate of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nsukka, said she was excited to learn about the Efik culture, which she represented during the carnival.
“I feel excited. This is my first time trying the Efik costume and it has allowed me to learn the culture.
“I believe this event will help to promote unity because this is my first time meeting people from different cultures. I believe that it will promote peace and unity among Nigerians,” she said.
Mr Ibrahim Isaac, a corps member and graduate of Mass Communication from Bingham University, Keffi, Nasarawa State, said that the different cultures in Nigeria should unite and not divide the people.
“I represented the Tiv culture. My state of origin is Nasarawa State; I feel marvelous, I feel gracious, I feel honoured to be part of this miraculous event because the Tiv people are hospitable by nature.
“The representation of different cultures makes us understand that not only are we diverse but we are alike.
“We are all one people, we are all Nigerians. Bringing various cultures together will make you understand that though there are differences, similarities are much more.
“This will bring the country together and I am grateful to be a part of it,” he said.
Mr Duruoha Onyekachi, a corps member and graduate of Economics from Imo State University, expressed excitement over the various diverse cultural displays which allowed corps members to learn and unite.
“I feel very good and excited because these are different cultures coming together as one. I am from Imo state and I represented Benin culture during the carnival.
“I did not know about the Benin kingdom before now; the carnival allowed me to learn and love the kingdom, and I will like to keep learning about the Benin kingdom after the carnival,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the corps members who participated in the carnival are part of the 1,309 corps members sworn in on Sept. 7, for the one-year mandatory youth service in the FCT.
The corps members are currently undergoing the three weeks orientation course and are set to commence the mandatory primary assignment on Sept. 22.
Short Link: https://wp.me/pcj2iU-3Cl0
- Court acquits ex-SEC boss, Munir Gwarzo, says ICPC failed to prove case against him
- Biden and Macron discuss ‘stronger’ European defense
- Swedish teen rapper killed in Stockholm shooting
- Kenya, Uganda launch synchronized mass delivery of drugs targeting trachoma
- Mali: alleged “disappearances”, executions by security forces
- 2023: Aregbesola in support of inmates’ right to vote – Aide
- Abuja-Kaduna train service resumes Saturday – FG
- NLC planning to open online TV for Nigerian workers – Wabba
- Declaration on the resumption of humanitarian activities in Burkina Faso
- Underdevelopment fuelling insurgency in North-East – Buratai
- US Ambassador Geeta Pasi and USAID Humanitarian Aid Office Administrator Assistant Sarah Charles visit Bahir Dar
- Over 80 million people affected as Africa launches new polio vaccine
- We’re still paying liquidation dividends to depositors of failed banks- NDIC
- Nigerian govt creates 74,413 employments through environmental projects
- African Development Bank launches consultations on new strategy for quality health infrastructure in Africa
- Nigerian fighter jets bombard ISWAP terrorists converging for meeting in 11 boats
- Global Director of TotalEnergies to speak at Libya Energy & Economic Summit 2021
- France and WFP respond to the food and nutrition emergency in West and Central Africa
- Nigerian troops engage gunmen in shootout, rescue 6 abductees in Ekiti
- $ 30 million urgently needed to address worsening humanitarian situation in South Sudan as heavier rains and more flooding is expected in the coming months
- FCTA arrests 217 street beggars
- We’re closing all IDP camps in Maiduguri December – Zulum
- Lagos NYSC tasks outgoing corps members on utilisation of skills acquired
- 26 years after, Buhari mulls pardoning Ken Saro-Wiwa, 8 other Ogoni activists
- Beware of new virus that steals banking information, NCC alerts Nigerians
- Why Education is the only Weapon to Tackle Insecurity, Restiveness – Sen. Adeola
- Issuance Of E-Third Party Motor Insurance Certificate Begins Soon In Ogun
- Residents laud suspension of Abuja-Kaduna train service
- Chinese President XI writes Buhari, seeks to bolster relations
- Court jails man for stealing water tank
- New Permanent Representative of Benin presents his credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
- Excessive use of antibiotic causes odour at private part – Gyneacologist
- IOM Resumes Voluntary Humanitarian Return Flights From Libya After Months Of Suspension
- Judge orders ‘Yahoo Boy’ to sweep court premises for 6 months
- Nigeria’s insecurity is going down – Ndume
- Babies conceived by women above 35 years risk Down syndrome – Therapist
- AMISOM trains police and HirShabelle officials in electoral security coordination
- Buhari tasks Ogoni leaders on protection of national assets
- Matawalle commissions 300-bed general hospital in Zamfara
- UK contributes £ 3million to help Malagasy families weather drought and food crisis
- World Energy Day 2021: Mauritius aims to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030
- Africa Cup of Nations 2023: Founder and President of APO Group meets with President of COCAN to discuss media coverage of CAN 2023
- Nigerian govt reveals graphic detail of Nnamdi Kanu’s acts of terrorism
- Nigerian govt reveals Igboho’s financers
- Cameroon: Mock trial for Kumba school massacre
- Barbados elects first president, to replace British Queen
- Payment of liquidation dividends to depositors of failed banks ongoing – NDIC
- 216 students bag First-Class degrees at Covenant University
- Payment of liquidation dividends to depositors of failed banks ongoing – NDIC
- UNICEF concerned for children of Eswatini as security situation deteriorates amid civil unrest
- Nigeria reports 247 new COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths
- India’s PM urges residents to keep wearing face masks
- Chinese yuan weakens against U.S dollar
- African Union urged to tackle threat of logging in Congo leading to extreme weather events in sub-Saharan Africa
- I won’t rest until Nigeria gets out of security challenges – Buhari
- Buhari restates commitment to address security challenges
- Cybercrime: NDIC calls for national, int’l collaboration
- CBN says banks remain stable, resilient despite pandemic
- Xi pledges support for UN, multilateralism
- Confusion reigns over Queen Elizabeth II’s health after hospital stay
- UN and Zimbabwe sign new cooperation framework
- Alleged diversion of funds: Court admits ex-chairman NSITF, Ngozi Olejeme to bail
- 46 students set for Turkey for cultural exchange programme
- FCT, foundation want voices towards eliminating sexual, domestic violence amplified
- We’ll consolidate on past BFN board’s achievements, says Orbih
- AMISOM Commission of Inquiry concludes its investigations into the unfortunate civilian victims in Golweyn
- FutureAssured@6: Aisha Buhari reaffirms commitment to maternal, child health
- COVID-19 vaccination: society urges more sensitisation of Nigerians to end pandemic
- Africa Blockchain Center (The ABC) Raises 7X Initial Investment to Next Chymia Consulting HK Limited
- Biden says US would defend Taiwan against China invasion
- WHO, partners call for action to protect healthcare workers from COVID-19
- N10m, luxury apartment, others up for grabs in 44th Miss Nigeria contest – Organiser
- AKON meets with Merck Foundation CEO and Senator Dr Rasha Kelej to discuss Africa’s development support programs
- Revenue formula review: Gov. Bello proposes 39% to FG, 61% to States, LGs
- Public office holders association honours OBJ, Lai Mohammed, others
- WHO unveils action plan to respond to findings of independent commission on SEA allegations in DRC
- FG, NSPRI train ADP staff on management of post harvest losses
- UNHCR calls on Libya to urgently develop plan for asylum seekers and refugees, welcomes permission to resume evacuations
- ISWAP: NSA confirms killing of Al-Barnawi’s successor, Malam Bako
- FG working hard to improve quality of electricity supply – Minister
- We are satisfied with level of preparations for Anambra governorship election – INEC
- PDP disqualifies 3 aspirants for national convention
- Nigeria’s new oil regulatory agency assures of no job losses
- Madagascar: severe drought could trigger first global famine linked to climate change
- 180,000 health workers died from COVID-19 – WHO
- AFD stakes $70m for renewable energy dev’t in Nigeria
- Days after killing of Al-Barnawi, Nigerian troops kill successor, Malam Bako
- Biden accuses Trump Republicans of white supremacy
- Group moves to unify public administration academics in tertiary, research institutions
- Minister flags- off training of 1,850 mobile money agents in Calabar
- Japan and WFP support public-private partnership to improve health and nutrition in Ghana
- Sub-Saharan Africa: one planet, two worlds, three stories
- Turkish embassy renovates, equips science complex at GSS Wuse Zone 3
- NATO pushes own defences as Afghanistan lessons weighed
- British troops engage with terrorist fighters in Mali
- Cross River State Builds on Polio Campaign Structure to Mainstream Covid-19 Vaccination
- Yahaya Bello tasks EFCC on fraud prevention, not recoveries alone
- Fashola urges states to enact laws on monthly payment of rent
- Supporting South Sudan on the Road to Peace: The Perspective of a United Nations Volunteer
- Our funds trapped in scrapped petroleum agencies, IPMAN cries out
- EFCC arraigns ex-NSITF chair, Ngozi Olejeme, over multi-billion naira fraud
- Nigeria’s economy to grow by 2.7% in 2022 — IMF
- Nigerian editors call on media to stop giving publicity to insurgents
- Terrorists release 30 abducted students of FGC Birnin Yauri
- New Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea presents his credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
- Bayern Munich coach tests positive for COVID-19
- Onion producers pledge quality production, profitable market in West Africa
- NITDA postpones 2021 Digital Nigeria Conference, Exhibition
- FRSC unveils body cameras for patrol operations
- USAID Achieves Prosper Africa Goals with Africa Trade and Investment Program
- WFP and Japan support nutritional response in Gambia
- New German chancellor may be appointed December 6 – SPD
- Bauchi-Gombe boundary crisis: ‘I was misquoted’, says lawmaker
- 4 Nigerians, others join YouTube Black Voices music class 2022
- Bishop Oyedepo to build ‘world class’ university in Nigeria
- Nigerian professionals must be involved in projects development – Senate
- NDLEA promotes 3,506 officers, 20 years after stagnation
- Man, 25, in dock over murder of UK MP David Amess
- EXCLUSIVE: How Nigerian security agencies ignored intel on Darul Salam’s planned attack on Abuja-Kaduna train
- FG reiterates commitment to reposition gas sector
- Baba Ijesha defiled minor, doctor tells court
- Ghana offers an attractive upstream alternative to East African domination
- Police arrest 6 suspected kidnappers in Adamawa
- Foundation launches app to assist Nigerians in emergency situations
- 10 years in a row – Liquid Intelligent Technologies named best African wholesale carrier for the 10th consecutive year at the Global Carrier Awards
- Court fixes Nov. 10 to hear Nnamdi Kanu’s application, challenging competence of charge
- Radisson Hotel Group to Double its Portfolio in West and Central Africa by 2025
- DR Congo pupils protest for schools to reopen
- Kanu challenges FG’s terrorism charges, court fixes November 10 for hearing
- Zambia arrests 14 government officials over corruption
- Japan’s ex-justice minister gets 3-years imprisonment over vote buying
- NYSC extends 10 corps members’ service year, remobilises 2 in Plateau
- US jobless claims dip to new pandemic low: govt
- FCC to commence nationwide infrastructure audit of Govt. projects – Chairman
- Zambia arrests 14 govt officials over corruption
- Gombe govt begins Tsangaya schools, engages15,000 facilitators
- Businesses support Africa Shared Value Leadership Summit – and lends its voice to benefit the goal movement
- PIA: FG inaugurates boards of new oil industry successor regulatory agencies
- Fraiser Suites bags Africa Luxury Hotel award, pledges consistency
- NRC confirms bomb attack on Abuja-Kaduna train
- COVID-19: Sri Lanka reopens schools after year of closures
- Gov. Diri presents N310.7bn 2022 budget to Bayelsa Assembly
- Morocco 2022: Falcons ready for rematch with Black Queens – Kanu
- FG strengthens private sector participation towards mass housing — PS
- COVID-19: India crosses milestone of 1bn vaccinations
- Court remands ex-chairman NSITF, Ngozi Olejeme in EFCC custody
- A year of coming recovery reflected in the upcoming flagship report on the outlook for the African Energy Chamber, The State of Energy in Africa 2022
- We’ve zero tolerance for impersonation, malpractice – JAMB Registrar
- UNICEF welcomes delisting of CJTF in “Children and armed conflict” report
- Cristiano Ronaldo’s late goal helps Manchester United rally to a win
- Family planning, most effective way to reduce maternal mortality – NGO
- Pique strike secures crucial win for Barcelona
- Chelsea thrash Malmo as strikers Timo Werner, Romelu Lukaku injured
- South Sudan’s oil and electricity return for the fifth edition in 2022
- Aliko Dangote: the richest man in Africa
- BREAKING: Terrorists attack Abuja-Kaduna train, bomb track
- All staff of defunct PPPRA, DPR, PEF will be retained – Minister
- 2023: Arewa youths beg all political parties to adopt Tinubu as sole candidate
- PHOTOS: Nnamdi Kanu appears in court as trial resumes
- In Sub-Saharan Africa and Elsewhere, We Need to Look Harder for TB
- The Ecobank Group acts on Mental Health as part of its commitment to Better Health
- National Aviation Services (NAS) strengthens its presence in Africa through a strategic partnership with Siginon Aviation in Kenya
- NNPC GMD Mele Kyari to present the benefits of Nigeria’s Oil Industry Law at African Energy Week in Cape Town
- Les listes NBA comprennent 109 joueurs internationaux de 39 pays
- Mondia Digital and Mondia Pay join Vodacom’s VodaPay Super App offer
- Awareness creation key to curtail cancer in Nigeria, says NGO
- Group CEO Oando PLC to promote role of indigenous energy companies during African Energy Week
- NBA and Formula 1 Announce Content and Promotion Partnership to Celebrate NBA 75th Anniversary Season and United States Grand Prix
- We have zero tolerance for exams malpractice – JAMB Registrar
- FG strengthens PPP towards mass housing, job creation
- Florival Mucave from the Mozambique Oil and Gas Chamber to attend African Energy Week to promote Mozambique’s booming energy sector
- OPEC to present Global Oil Outlook 2021 at African Energy Week in Cape Town
- Trump announces plans to launch new social network ‘TRUTH Social’
- Aisha Buhari hosts Turkish first lady
- Get involved in politics, Osinbajo charges Nigerian youths
- Senate President inaugurates NASS service commission office
- NGX: Capitalisation gains N55bn after holiday
- Oyo Govt promotes 16,500 teachers
- Alleged Lekki Killings: FG demands apology from CNN, Amnesty International
- Women outnumber men on voter’s register – Kwara REC
- Kinetic approach alone cannot address violent extremism, says NSA
- Turkish First Lady inaugurates cultural centre in Abuja
- Nigerians groan as Indian mission delays visa processing
- Piracy decreases by 77%, says NIMASA
- WFP supports Ghana School Feeding Program to digitize its monitoring system
- US, Ghana inaugurate new $ 64.7 million investment in energy infrastructure in Pokuase
- WFP and Chellaram Foundation partner to support school-aged children in Sao Tome and Principe
- Taliban vows to work with Russia, regional players over IS threats
- Gunmen abduct 13 passengers in Niger
- Nigeria develops drought, insect resistant maize seed
- Cultism: Court sentences 19 students to 6 years in Maiduguri
- Turkish First Lady inaugurates cultural centre in Abuja
- Convention: PDP will come out more united – Governors
- Pro-Buhari group condemns Saraki over #EndSARS comment
- Senate apologises to NCAA over directive to suspend NG Eagle Airline license
- Nigeria: African Development Bank Group and MTN sign $ 500,000 grant agreement to study women’s access to financial services
- FIFA Council approves world summit to discuss future of football
- Nigeria must look beyond kinetics to address violent extremism, says NSA
- Iran urges UN action against Israeli threats to nuke programme
- Royal rest: Take a break, doctors advise Queen Elizabeth
- NSCDC arrest man over alleged N1.9m employment scam in Ondo
- ‘Overzealous’ security services undermine peace in South Sudan: human rights experts
- Muhyi: Court summons Kano speaker, 5 others
- IsDB Institute Wins Again Award for “Best Islamic Research Company”
- US set to vaccinate kids aged 5-11 against Covid from November
- Jumeirah Group’s Dubai Turtle Rehabilitation Project Reaches Milestone with Latest Release
- NDIC to assist CBN in promoting stability in Nigerian banking system – MD
- Africa’s traditional, religious and civil society leaders commit to take bold action to end violence against women and girls on the African continent
- AMISOM trains South West state police to fight terrorism
- EndSARS: FG receives final reports of inquiry from 11 states
- African Union, RECs and RMs meet to coordinate the implementation of the continental integration agenda
- African Development Bank holds second virtual seminar on business opportunities for 2021, with special country on Angola
- The rise of social media in Nigeria
- Frank Fannon, former United States Assistant Secretary of State for Energy Resources, will be the keynote speaker at African Energy Week in Cape Town
- UNDP trains, empowers 525 youths, women in Adamawa
- States’ nonchalance to 10 million out-of school-children worrisome — Academic
- The “Civil Society Capacity Building Program” was carried out in Congo with the support of TİKA
- Alleged Lekki Killings: Nigerian govt demands apology from CNN, Amnesty Int’l
- Buhari, Turkish President in bilateral talks in Aso Villa
- US government supports socio-economic development and youth leadership initiatives in Cabo Delgado
- Statement on the situation in Ethiopia
- Pakistani-American ‘raped, beheaded’ former ambassador’s daughter
- Ethiopia: UN expresses concern as air strikes kill 9
- Benzema absent as sex tape blackmail trial begins
- #EndSARS: 11 states submit final reports on rights violations by SARS operatives – FG
- Olympic flame arrives in Beijing for 2022 Winter Games
- Cape Town partners with Africa Energy Week 2021 for continent’s premier energy event
- Insurance companies to pay N20bn #EndSARS protest destruction claims – Official
- Protecting the privacy of health data is essential for health equity in Africa (By Christopher A. LeGrand, Rachel Clad and Ruan Viljoen)
- Lekki massacre is a phantom conspiracy, Nigerian govt insists
- Indonesia, China begin feasibility study on $560m coal-to-methanol plant
- Mbappe, Messi found their groove after PSG’s comeback win against Leipzig
- Bangladesh slams developed nations over decades of climate ‘empty pledges’
- Taliban reaffirms commitment to preventing security threats for foreign countries
- India’s PM inaugurates new airport to boost tourism
- The International Islamic Trade Finance Company (ITFC) signs a 100 million euros Murabaha financing agreement with SENELEC, dedicated to supporting Senegal’s energy sector
- Former German soldiers held for planning mercenaries for Yemen
- Court fixes Nov. 22 for arraignment of ex-Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah
- Court fixes date for arraignment of ex-Aviation Minister Stella Oduah
- Paradigm Initiative publishes a short film “FOCUS” calling for the vigilance of citizens to protect digital rights
- UN needs to play central role in normalisation of situation in Afghanistan
- Canada-Africa collaboration: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to address Africa accelerating 2021
- QSL Gas & Power CEO places natural gas at the center of Africa’s energy transition during African Energy Week in Cape Town
- Imo community set to honour Actor Kanayo with chieftaincy title
- FCT lawmaker trains 520 constituents on mechanized farming
- Inna Ciroma, other aspirants submit nomination forms ahead of PDP National Convention
- Africa Oil Week will highlight unparalleled opportunities, boost investment and deal making on the African continent
- Buhari greets ex-Head of State, Yakubu Gowon, on 87th birthday
- Ancient Hebrew prayer book auctioned for $8m
- Benzema absent as sex tape blackmail trial begins