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  •   The Plateau State government on Wednesday said it was prepared to host the 33rd edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST in 2020 The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mrs Weli Tamwakat Plateau Commissioner for Tourism Culture and Hospitality stated this during a courtesy visit to the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC orgnisers of the festival in Abuja Olusegun Runsewe Director General of the NCAC had earlier announced at the closing events of the 2019 NAFEST in Benin that Plateau State had won the hosting right for the next edition According to Tamwakat who handed a letter of readiness to host to NCAC D G Plateau is getting set to host Mother of all NAFESTs come 2020 We want to thank the NCAC for considering Plateau State fit to host NAFEST 2020 and we are ready to host Nigerians The state has over 54 languages so we have diverse cultural show to offer participants because Plateau is safe and peaceful to host the festival she said The commissioner explained that the state government was working towards completing its 6 000 seater capacity Cultural Centre to be used for the cultural carnival next year She added that through the collective efforts of government and relevant stakeholders peace has returned to the state and was safe to host the festival In his remarks Runsewe commended the Commissioner and her team for the visit adding that Plateau state has rich cultural heritage and hospitality to amuse participants during the festival This is the first time a hosting governor will be sending a team before the year of the event and that clearly shows commitment Plateau is known to be a place of for peaceful co existence and hospitality NAN reports that NAFEST is one of Nigeria s major cultural festivals that serve as great platform for mobilising stakeholders in the Arts and Culture Industry It showcases arts talents and project the values of Nigerian cultural heritage and national identity The 2019 edition hosted in Benin City with the theme Our Royalty Our Pride marked the first time Edo State hosted the festival J Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole
    Plateau expresses readiness to host 2020 NAFEST
      The Plateau State government on Wednesday said it was prepared to host the 33rd edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST in 2020 The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mrs Weli Tamwakat Plateau Commissioner for Tourism Culture and Hospitality stated this during a courtesy visit to the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC orgnisers of the festival in Abuja Olusegun Runsewe Director General of the NCAC had earlier announced at the closing events of the 2019 NAFEST in Benin that Plateau State had won the hosting right for the next edition According to Tamwakat who handed a letter of readiness to host to NCAC D G Plateau is getting set to host Mother of all NAFESTs come 2020 We want to thank the NCAC for considering Plateau State fit to host NAFEST 2020 and we are ready to host Nigerians The state has over 54 languages so we have diverse cultural show to offer participants because Plateau is safe and peaceful to host the festival she said The commissioner explained that the state government was working towards completing its 6 000 seater capacity Cultural Centre to be used for the cultural carnival next year She added that through the collective efforts of government and relevant stakeholders peace has returned to the state and was safe to host the festival In his remarks Runsewe commended the Commissioner and her team for the visit adding that Plateau state has rich cultural heritage and hospitality to amuse participants during the festival This is the first time a hosting governor will be sending a team before the year of the event and that clearly shows commitment Plateau is known to be a place of for peaceful co existence and hospitality NAN reports that NAFEST is one of Nigeria s major cultural festivals that serve as great platform for mobilising stakeholders in the Arts and Culture Industry It showcases arts talents and project the values of Nigerian cultural heritage and national identity The 2019 edition hosted in Benin City with the theme Our Royalty Our Pride marked the first time Edo State hosted the festival J Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole
    Plateau expresses readiness to host 2020 NAFEST
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    Plateau expresses readiness to host 2020 NAFEST

    The Plateau State government on Wednesday said it was prepared to host the 33rd edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in 2020.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mrs Weli Tamwakat, Plateau Commissioner for Tourism, Culture and Hospitality, stated this during a courtesy visit to the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), orgnisers of the festival in Abuja.

    Olusegun Runsewe, Director-General of  the NCAC, had earlier announced, at the  closing events of  the 2019 NAFEST in Benin that Plateau State had won the hosting right for the next edition.

    According to Tamwakat, who handed a `letter of readiness to host’ to NCAC D-G, Plateau is getting set “to host “Mother of all NAFESTs” come 2020.

    “We want to thank the NCAC for considering Plateau State fit to host NAFEST, 2020, and we are ready to host Nigerians.

    “The state has over 54 languages, so we have diverse cultural show to offer participants because Plateau is safe and peaceful to host the festival,”  she said.

    The commissioner explained that the state government was working towards completing its 6,000-seater capacity Cultural Centre to be used for the cultural carnival next year.

    She added that through the collective efforts of government and relevant stakeholders, peace has returned to the state and was safe to host the festival.

    In his remarks, Runsewe commended the Commissioner and her team for the visit, adding that Plateau state has  rich cultural heritage and hospitality to amuse participants during the festival.

    “This is the first time a hosting governor will be sending a team before the year of the event and that clearly shows commitment.

    “Plateau is known to be a place of for peaceful co-existence and hospitality.”

    NAN reports that NAFEST is one of Nigeria’s major cultural festivals that serve as great platform for mobilising stakeholders in the Arts and Culture Industry.

    It showcases arts, talents and project the values of Nigerian cultural heritage and national identity.

    The 2019 edition hosted in Benin City, with the theme: “Our Royalty, Our Pride”, marked the first time Edo State hosted the festival.

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    Edited by Ifeyinwa Omowole

  •   Mr Osazee Osemwingie Ero the Commissioner for Arts Culture Tourism and Diaspora Affairs in Edo has lauded delegates to the 32nd edition of 2019 National Festival for Arts and Culture NAFEST for their contributions to the success of the event Speaking at the closing ceremony of the festival at the University of Benin Uniben Sports Complex on Saturday Osemwingie Ero said that both delegates and guests contributed to the huge success recorded at the festival This is the first time Edo is hosting NAFEST and it will not be the last It has been a successful week with Oba Ewuare II Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Gov Godwin Obaseki s support and presence I thank everybody that made the festival a great success the commissioner said He said that the event provided Nigerians the opportunity to showcase our culture and thanked the local organising committee for a beautiful outing Nigeria News Agency reports that delegates from 30 states participated in the festival the highest number ever since its inception 40 years ago This year s edition which had its theme Our Royalty Our Pride held in four different centres including the Uniben Sports complex Oba s Palace the Benin Golf Course and the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre which hosted most of the events NAN reports that the grandfinale of the festival featured musicals comedy and coral performances by both local and international performers Meanwhile The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Olusegun Rumsewe has announced Plateau state as the next host of the 2020 edition of the festival I Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa Sam Oditah
    Edo govt. thanks NAFEST delegates, guests for successful event
      Mr Osazee Osemwingie Ero the Commissioner for Arts Culture Tourism and Diaspora Affairs in Edo has lauded delegates to the 32nd edition of 2019 National Festival for Arts and Culture NAFEST for their contributions to the success of the event Speaking at the closing ceremony of the festival at the University of Benin Uniben Sports Complex on Saturday Osemwingie Ero said that both delegates and guests contributed to the huge success recorded at the festival This is the first time Edo is hosting NAFEST and it will not be the last It has been a successful week with Oba Ewuare II Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Gov Godwin Obaseki s support and presence I thank everybody that made the festival a great success the commissioner said He said that the event provided Nigerians the opportunity to showcase our culture and thanked the local organising committee for a beautiful outing Nigeria News Agency reports that delegates from 30 states participated in the festival the highest number ever since its inception 40 years ago This year s edition which had its theme Our Royalty Our Pride held in four different centres including the Uniben Sports complex Oba s Palace the Benin Golf Course and the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre which hosted most of the events NAN reports that the grandfinale of the festival featured musicals comedy and coral performances by both local and international performers Meanwhile The Director General National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Olusegun Rumsewe has announced Plateau state as the next host of the 2020 edition of the festival I Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa Sam Oditah
    Edo govt. thanks NAFEST delegates, guests for successful event
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    Edo govt. thanks NAFEST delegates, guests for successful event

    Mr Osazee Osemwingie-Ero, the Commissioner for Arts, Culture, Tourism and Diaspora Affairs in Edo, has lauded delegates to the 32nd edition of 2019 National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) for their contributions to the success of the event.

    Speaking at the closing ceremony of the festival at the University of Benin (Uniben) Sports Complex on Saturday, Osemwingie-Ero said that both delegates and guests contributed to the huge success recorded at the festival.

    “This is the first time Edo is hosting NAFEST and it will not be the last.

    “It has been a successful week, with Oba Ewuare II, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Gov. Godwin Obaseki’s support and presence.

    “I thank everybody that made the festival a great success,” the commissioner said.

    He said that the event provided Nigerians “the opportunity to showcase our culture” and thanked the local organising committee “for a beautiful outing.”

    Nigeria News Agency reports that delegates from 30 states participated in the festival, the highest number ever since its inception 40 years ago.

    This year’s edition, which had its  theme “Our Royalty Our Pride,” held in four different centres, including the Uniben Sports complex, Oba’s Palace, the Benin Golf Course and the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, which hosted most of the events.

    NAN reports that the grandfinale of the festival featured musicals, comedy and coral performances by both local and international performers.

    Meanwhile, The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Rumsewe, has announced Plateau state as the next host of the 2020 edition of the festival.

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    (Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Sam Oditah)

     

     

     

     

  •   Some bronze casters at the Arts Village in Benin the Edo capital said they were experiencing a lull in their business barely two days to the end of the 32nd edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture taking place in the ancient city Nigeria News Agency correspondent who visited the popular tourist site on Thursday learnt that the artists were recording low sales It was further gathered that the much expected influx of arts lovers and culture enthusiasts who were in Benin for the festival was a mirage A cross section of those who exhibited their works anxiously waiting for patronage blamed their woes on the alleged blockade of the entrance to the village by security operatives One of the artists Mr Johnbull Enobakhare told NAN that his expectations from the festival was completely shattered Enobakhare said We were fully prepared to take advantage of the opportunity of the hosting of the festival here in Benin to make good sales We have two days left yet there is nothing tangible to show for it Even our regular customers are scared to enter the village because of the heavy presence of security personnel We beg the police authorities to relocate their men away from the gateway to the village so that prospective customers can come in freely to patronize us Another artist Mr Aigbe Godspower who also lamented the low patronage being experienced at the village said that they needed government s assistance to be able to compete favourably with their counterparts in other parts of the country Bronze materials are not readily available here because they are exported outside the country while the available ones are very expensive We now buy condemned and disused bronzes from scavengers and then smelt them to produce our own artworks It is worrisome that government does not recognise our worth We need government s support because our trade has to do with our cultural heritage Godspower said Also Mr Anthony Osemwengie an elderly bronze caster expressed disappointment that even the discount on the prices of most of their works to attract customers during the festival yielded no result Osemwengie appealed to the state and federal governments to subsidise the cost of bronze materials to boost their business I Edited by Sam Oditah
    Bronze casters in Benin lament low patronage during NAFEST
      Some bronze casters at the Arts Village in Benin the Edo capital said they were experiencing a lull in their business barely two days to the end of the 32nd edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture taking place in the ancient city Nigeria News Agency correspondent who visited the popular tourist site on Thursday learnt that the artists were recording low sales It was further gathered that the much expected influx of arts lovers and culture enthusiasts who were in Benin for the festival was a mirage A cross section of those who exhibited their works anxiously waiting for patronage blamed their woes on the alleged blockade of the entrance to the village by security operatives One of the artists Mr Johnbull Enobakhare told NAN that his expectations from the festival was completely shattered Enobakhare said We were fully prepared to take advantage of the opportunity of the hosting of the festival here in Benin to make good sales We have two days left yet there is nothing tangible to show for it Even our regular customers are scared to enter the village because of the heavy presence of security personnel We beg the police authorities to relocate their men away from the gateway to the village so that prospective customers can come in freely to patronize us Another artist Mr Aigbe Godspower who also lamented the low patronage being experienced at the village said that they needed government s assistance to be able to compete favourably with their counterparts in other parts of the country Bronze materials are not readily available here because they are exported outside the country while the available ones are very expensive We now buy condemned and disused bronzes from scavengers and then smelt them to produce our own artworks It is worrisome that government does not recognise our worth We need government s support because our trade has to do with our cultural heritage Godspower said Also Mr Anthony Osemwengie an elderly bronze caster expressed disappointment that even the discount on the prices of most of their works to attract customers during the festival yielded no result Osemwengie appealed to the state and federal governments to subsidise the cost of bronze materials to boost their business I Edited by Sam Oditah
    Bronze casters in Benin lament low patronage during NAFEST
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    Bronze casters in Benin lament low patronage during NAFEST

    Some bronze casters at the Arts Village in Benin, the Edo capital, said they were experiencing a lull in their business, barely two days to the end of the 32nd edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture, taking place in the ancient city.

    Nigeria News Agency correspondent, who visited the popular tourist site on Thursday, learnt that the artists were recording low sales.

    It was further gathered that the much expected influx of arts lovers and culture enthusiasts, who were in Benin for the festival, was a mirage.

    A cross-section of those who exhibited their works, anxiously waiting for patronage, blamed their woes on the alleged blockade of the entrance to the village by security operatives.

    One of the artists, Mr Johnbull Enobakhare, told NAN that his expectations from the festival was completely shattered.

    Enobakhare said: “We were fully prepared to take advantage of the opportunity of the hosting of the festival here in Benin to make good sales.

    “We have two days left yet there is nothing tangible to show for it. Even our regular customers are scared to enter the village because of the heavy presence of security personnel.

    “We beg the police authorities to relocate their men away from the gateway to the village so that prospective customers can come in freely to patronize us.”

    Another artist, Mr Aigbe Godspower, who also lamented the low patronage being experienced at the village, said that they needed government’s assistance to be able to compete favourably with their counterparts in other parts of the country.

    “Bronze materials are not readily available here because they are exported outside the country, while the available ones are very expensive.

    “We now buy condemned and disused bronzes from scavengers and then smelt them to produce our own artworks.

    “It is worrisome that government does not recognise our worth. We need government’s support because our trade has to do with our cultural heritage,” Godspower said.

    Also, Mr Anthony Osemwengie, an elderly bronze caster, expressed disappointment that even the discount on the prices of most of their works to attract customers during the festival yielded no result.

    Osemwengie appealed to the state and federal governments to subsidise the cost of bronze materials to boost their business.

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    (Edited by Sam Oditah)

     

     

     

     

  •   Mrs Florence Robinson the woman contracted to fry Akara bean cake at the ongoing National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST in Benin City said that the opportunity had re ignited her hope for a better future The Akara fryer turned celebrity at the NAFEST told the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday at Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre that she would use the opportunity to expand her business With this contract am still overwhelmed with joy and I am full of hope that gradually things will fall into place for me and my family I appreciate the organisers of this festival for this opportunity I have been supplied all I need to carry out the contact the opportunity is rare and I thank God he said Robinson said although it had been stressful meeting the demands of the huge crowd of delegates buying Akara during the festival she was doing it with joy According to Robinson her daughter was available to help her with the task NAN reports that Robinson was recognised and rewarded by Mr Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture for her hard work and commitment to nation building along with two other Nigerians Edited by Wale Ojetimi
    I have hope for a better future —  NAFEST Akara fryer
      Mrs Florence Robinson the woman contracted to fry Akara bean cake at the ongoing National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST in Benin City said that the opportunity had re ignited her hope for a better future The Akara fryer turned celebrity at the NAFEST told the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday at Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre that she would use the opportunity to expand her business With this contract am still overwhelmed with joy and I am full of hope that gradually things will fall into place for me and my family I appreciate the organisers of this festival for this opportunity I have been supplied all I need to carry out the contact the opportunity is rare and I thank God he said Robinson said although it had been stressful meeting the demands of the huge crowd of delegates buying Akara during the festival she was doing it with joy According to Robinson her daughter was available to help her with the task NAN reports that Robinson was recognised and rewarded by Mr Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture for her hard work and commitment to nation building along with two other Nigerians Edited by Wale Ojetimi
    I have hope for a better future —  NAFEST Akara fryer
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    I have hope for a better future —  NAFEST Akara fryer

    Mrs Florence Robinson, the woman contracted to fry Akara (bean cake) at the ongoing National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) in Benin City, said that the opportunity had re-ignited her hope for a better future.The Akara fryer- turned celebrity at the NAFEST told the Nigeria News Agency on Thursday at Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre that she would use the opportunity to expand her business.“With this contract, am still overwhelmed with joy and I am full of hope that gradually, things will fall into place for me and my family.“I appreciate the organisers of this festival for this opportunity, I have been supplied all I need to carry out the contact, the opportunity is rare and I thank God,” he said.Robinson said although it had been stressful meeting the demands of the huge crowd of delegates buying Akara during the festival, she was doing it with joy.According to Robinson, her daughter was available to help her with the task.NAN reports that Robinson was recognised and rewarded by Mr Olusegun Runsewe, Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture for her hard work and commitment to nation building along with two other Nigerians.Edited by Wale Ojetimi

  •   The Director General of National Council For Arts and Culture Mr Olusegun Runsewe officially declared the mammy market at the NAFEST venue in Benin open for commercial activities The Nigeria News Agency reports that the mammy market is located within the premises of the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre one of the four venues hosting most of the events of 2019 National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST Runsewe said that the official opening of the market would enable traders record significant sale during the period of the festival He called on residents to take advantage of the ongoing NAFEST to boost their economic well being Meanwhile at the traditional wrestling event which took place on Wednesday Delta Rivers Anambra Adamawa Bayelsa Zamfara and Borno advanced to the semi final stage Runsewe said that the traditional wrestling competition was to exhibit the love that exits between the states and ethnic groups AJOM KOO IFY Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa Ifeyinwa Omowole
    NAFEST: Runsewe declares mammy market open 
      The Director General of National Council For Arts and Culture Mr Olusegun Runsewe officially declared the mammy market at the NAFEST venue in Benin open for commercial activities The Nigeria News Agency reports that the mammy market is located within the premises of the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre one of the four venues hosting most of the events of 2019 National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST Runsewe said that the official opening of the market would enable traders record significant sale during the period of the festival He called on residents to take advantage of the ongoing NAFEST to boost their economic well being Meanwhile at the traditional wrestling event which took place on Wednesday Delta Rivers Anambra Adamawa Bayelsa Zamfara and Borno advanced to the semi final stage Runsewe said that the traditional wrestling competition was to exhibit the love that exits between the states and ethnic groups AJOM KOO IFY Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa Ifeyinwa Omowole
    NAFEST: Runsewe declares mammy market open 
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    NAFEST: Runsewe declares mammy market open 

    The Director General of National Council For Arts and Culture, Mr Olusegun Runsewe, officially declared the mammy market at the NAFEST venue in Benin open for commercial activities.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that the mammy market is located within the premises of the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, one of the four venues, hosting most of the  events of 2019 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST).

    Runsewe said that the official opening of the market would enable traders record significant sale during the period of the festival.

    He called on residents to take advantage of the ongoing NAFEST to boost their economic well-being.

    Meanwhile, at the traditional wrestling event which took place on Wednesday, Delta, Rivers, Anambra, Adamawa, Bayelsa, Zamfara and Borno, advanced to the semi-final stage.

    Runsewe said that the traditional wrestling competition was to exhibit the love that exits between the states and ethnic groups.

    AJOM/KOO/IFY

    Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Ifeyinwa Omowole

  •   Edo Government says the ongoing National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST is part of its plan at opening the state to great business and employment opportunities for young people in the state The Chief of Staff to Gov Godwin Obaseki Taiwo Akerele told journalists on the sidelines of the ongoing NAFEST in Benin on Wednesday that the National Sports Festival which would also be hosted by the state in 2020 was another avenue being created to boost the socio economic life of residents the state According to him Edo is using this national festival of arts and culture to send a very positive signal to the world that we are ready for business We are investing in the capacity of our infrastructure to host thousands of people on an annual basis for conferences festivals and other events With these we channel the energies of our youths to productive ventures and far away from thuggery land grabbing political violence among other vices Beginning from the Igarra Aba Festival 2017 to NAFEST 2019 to the National Sports Festival 2020 we have attracted private expenditure into the local economy that run into billions of naira with implications for direct and indirect job creation The Obaseki led government in Edo is looking far beyond into the future for a great state that will build upon the efforts of our heroes past and will not be dragged into ephemeral politics that is not rooted into tangible benefits for the people of the state he said ESI KOO IFY Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa Ifeyinwa Omowole
    NAFEST is meant to create business, employment opportunities in Edo
      Edo Government says the ongoing National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST is part of its plan at opening the state to great business and employment opportunities for young people in the state The Chief of Staff to Gov Godwin Obaseki Taiwo Akerele told journalists on the sidelines of the ongoing NAFEST in Benin on Wednesday that the National Sports Festival which would also be hosted by the state in 2020 was another avenue being created to boost the socio economic life of residents the state According to him Edo is using this national festival of arts and culture to send a very positive signal to the world that we are ready for business We are investing in the capacity of our infrastructure to host thousands of people on an annual basis for conferences festivals and other events With these we channel the energies of our youths to productive ventures and far away from thuggery land grabbing political violence among other vices Beginning from the Igarra Aba Festival 2017 to NAFEST 2019 to the National Sports Festival 2020 we have attracted private expenditure into the local economy that run into billions of naira with implications for direct and indirect job creation The Obaseki led government in Edo is looking far beyond into the future for a great state that will build upon the efforts of our heroes past and will not be dragged into ephemeral politics that is not rooted into tangible benefits for the people of the state he said ESI KOO IFY Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa Ifeyinwa Omowole
    NAFEST is meant to create business, employment opportunities in Edo
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    NAFEST is meant to create business, employment opportunities in Edo

    Edo Government, says the ongoing National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), is part of its plan at opening the state to great business and employment opportunities for young people in the state.

    The Chief of Staff to Gov. Godwin Obaseki, Taiwo Akerele, told journalists on the sidelines of the ongoing NAFEST, in Benin on Wednesday, that the National Sports Festival, which would also be hosted by the state in 2020, was another avenue being created to boost the socio- economic life of residents the state.

    According to him, Edo is using this national festival of arts and culture to send a very positive signal to the world that we are ready for business.

    “We are investing in the capacity of our infrastructure to host thousands of people on an annual basis for conferences, festivals and other events.

    “With these, we channel the energies of our youths to productive ventures and far away from thuggery, land grabbing, political violence among other vices.

    “Beginning from the Igarra Aba Festival 2017 to NAFEST 2019, to the National Sports Festival 2020, we have attracted private expenditure into the local economy that run into billions of naira, with implications for direct and indirect job creation.

    “The Obaseki-led government in Edo is looking far beyond into the future for a great state that will build upon the efforts of our heroes past and will not be dragged into ephemeral politics that is not rooted into tangible benefits for the people of the state,” he said.

    ESI/KOO/IFY

    Edited by Kevin Okunzuwa/Ifeyinwa Omowole

  •   Cab drivers and hotels in Benin city are taking advantage of the ongoing National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST to record more sales as the festival hit day five of the event A cross section of cab operators and hotel agents disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Benin at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre the major venue for the festival The festival which started on Saturday Oct 19 with twenty six states participating in the opening parade will end on Oct 26 A cab driver Esosa Imodu said that the ongoing festival have encouraged cab business for the past few days in Benin As you can see there is free flow of movement within the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre some of these people who came from other states will want to tour the city I have taken some to see the Oba s Palace Igun and even some moat around Benin metropolis you know that Benin is an ancient city David Agboola a taxi driver said that the festival was making their business to thrive more than what it used to be This car am using is on hire purchase I have to balance N5 000 every day and still make my own before the close of work I now make that N5 000 before noon each day Any moment from 1 p m I start working for myself it was not like this before the festival I m going to work ahead before the end of the festival to make up for the period when the festival will be over Miss Elizabeth Ogbebor who is a hotel agent said that they experienced higher level of patronage since the commencement of NAFEST in Benin We have been on ground since Saturday as the delegates were coming in for their accreditation and documentation we started giving them handbills convincing them on how hospitable we are to our customers The hotel is not far from this Oba Akenzua it s even within walking distance we also reduced our charges during this festival to record more sales it s really a good time for us and we wish that the period is extended she said AJOM KOLE IFY Edited by Remi Koleoso Ifeyinwa Omowole
    Cab drivers, hotels record high patronage as NAFEST hits day 5  
      Cab drivers and hotels in Benin city are taking advantage of the ongoing National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST to record more sales as the festival hit day five of the event A cross section of cab operators and hotel agents disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Benin at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre the major venue for the festival The festival which started on Saturday Oct 19 with twenty six states participating in the opening parade will end on Oct 26 A cab driver Esosa Imodu said that the ongoing festival have encouraged cab business for the past few days in Benin As you can see there is free flow of movement within the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre some of these people who came from other states will want to tour the city I have taken some to see the Oba s Palace Igun and even some moat around Benin metropolis you know that Benin is an ancient city David Agboola a taxi driver said that the festival was making their business to thrive more than what it used to be This car am using is on hire purchase I have to balance N5 000 every day and still make my own before the close of work I now make that N5 000 before noon each day Any moment from 1 p m I start working for myself it was not like this before the festival I m going to work ahead before the end of the festival to make up for the period when the festival will be over Miss Elizabeth Ogbebor who is a hotel agent said that they experienced higher level of patronage since the commencement of NAFEST in Benin We have been on ground since Saturday as the delegates were coming in for their accreditation and documentation we started giving them handbills convincing them on how hospitable we are to our customers The hotel is not far from this Oba Akenzua it s even within walking distance we also reduced our charges during this festival to record more sales it s really a good time for us and we wish that the period is extended she said AJOM KOLE IFY Edited by Remi Koleoso Ifeyinwa Omowole
    Cab drivers, hotels record high patronage as NAFEST hits day 5  
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    Cab drivers, hotels record high patronage as NAFEST hits day 5  

    Cab drivers and hotels in Benin city are taking advantage of the ongoing, National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST), to record more sales as the festival hit day five of the event.

    A cross-section of cab operators and hotel agents disclosed this in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Benin at the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, the major venue for the festival.

    The festival, which started on Saturday, Oct. 19, with twenty-six states participating in the opening parade, will end on Oct. 26.

    A cab driver, Esosa Imodu, said that the ongoing festival have encouraged cab business for the past few days in Benin.

    “As you can see, there is free flow of movement within the Oba Akenzua Cultural Centre, some of these people who came from other states will want to tour the city.

    “I have taken some to see the Oba’s Palace, Igun, and even some moat around Benin metropolis, you know that Benin is an ancient city.

    David Agboola, a taxi driver, said that the festival was making their business to thrive more than what it used to be.

    “This car am using is on hire purchase, I have to balance N5,000 every day and still make my own before the close of work. I now make that N5, 000 before noon each day.

    “Any moment from 1 p.m, I start working for myself, it was not like this before the festival. I’m going to work ahead before the end of the festival, to make up for the period when the festival will be over.

    Miss Elizabeth Ogbebor, who is a hotel agent, said that they experienced higher level of patronage since the commencement of NAFEST in Benin.

    “We have been on ground since Saturday, as the delegates were coming in for their accreditation and documentation, we started giving them handbills, convincing them on how hospitable we are to our customers.

    “The hotel is not far from this Oba Akenzua, it’s even within walking distance, we also reduced our charges during this festival to record more sales, it’s really a good time for us and we wish that the period is extended,” she said.

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  •   Three Nigerians who have contributed to the growth of the nation were on Tuesday in Benin City recognised by the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Olusegun Runsewe The Nigeria News Agency reports the personalities included Mrs Florence Robinson Mr James Ikemsinachukwu and Lancelot Imasuen They were recognised during the National Festival of Arts and Culture Roundtable on Entrepreneurship held at the Akenzua Cultural Centre Benin City Edo Runsewe said that these creative Nigerians had become successful in their chosen career having made the nation proud According to him their story will encourage Nigerian youths and students who attended the occasion to develop entrepreneurship skills and be responsible citizens Mrs Florence Robinson trained her children through the university by selling akara which is made from beans Robinson urged the youth to embrace whatever trade they are capable of embarking in adding that people should see dignity in labour because it was more dignifying than stealing or commercial sex work I started frying Akara in Kaduna until I moved to Benin and I have achieved a lot from it my children are now university graduates she said Also recognised was James Ikemsinachukwu a multi talented 14 year old photographer who also plays guitar drums and sings Ikemsinachukwu said he became a photographer at 4 years old and excelled in it I developed the passion when my father gave me a toy camera as a birthday present I became a professional after my father taught me how to use the camera and I later went to School of Photography According to him he has been to seven states of the federation to work There is nothing one cannot achieve if the determination and passion is there he said Similarly Lancelot Imasuen a film maker and content producer who was also recognised advised youths to take every opportunity that comes their way seriously Imasuen 48 year old said he embraced the creative industry when he was nine years old and had practiced in the industry for 39 years with lots of hurdles which he over came due to determination He advised the youth to embrace a craft or an art regardless of their academic background You can make a living from arts even while in school it is a lucrative industry for anyone to embrace The entertainment industry in Nigeria is large movie fashion music arts crafts and more these are capable of generating enough jobs for the youth Individual practitioners have operated in the industry due to their passion for it without government support he said He advised the Federal Government to focus on the creative industry to create employment opportunities Imasuen also called for the establishment of a drama festival which was also capable of boosting the nation s internally generated revenue and tourists flow into the country According to him it has become imperative to provide solutions and address the problem of unemployment in Nigeria Earlier Mrs Ndidi Aimienwawu Director General Centre for Black Arts and African Civilization CBAAC encouraged the youth to acquire entrepreneurial skills to enhance their finances Ugonna Ibe Enugu State Commissioner for Tourism said that government could not provide all the jobs the masses needed but could provide the enabling environment for businesses to thrive He urged youths to look inward be creative and embrace the creative industry PTB VIV IFY Editing by Vivian Ihechu Ifeyinwa Omowole
    NAFEST: Three Nigerians recognised for contributing to nation building
      Three Nigerians who have contributed to the growth of the nation were on Tuesday in Benin City recognised by the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC Olusegun Runsewe The Nigeria News Agency reports the personalities included Mrs Florence Robinson Mr James Ikemsinachukwu and Lancelot Imasuen They were recognised during the National Festival of Arts and Culture Roundtable on Entrepreneurship held at the Akenzua Cultural Centre Benin City Edo Runsewe said that these creative Nigerians had become successful in their chosen career having made the nation proud According to him their story will encourage Nigerian youths and students who attended the occasion to develop entrepreneurship skills and be responsible citizens Mrs Florence Robinson trained her children through the university by selling akara which is made from beans Robinson urged the youth to embrace whatever trade they are capable of embarking in adding that people should see dignity in labour because it was more dignifying than stealing or commercial sex work I started frying Akara in Kaduna until I moved to Benin and I have achieved a lot from it my children are now university graduates she said Also recognised was James Ikemsinachukwu a multi talented 14 year old photographer who also plays guitar drums and sings Ikemsinachukwu said he became a photographer at 4 years old and excelled in it I developed the passion when my father gave me a toy camera as a birthday present I became a professional after my father taught me how to use the camera and I later went to School of Photography According to him he has been to seven states of the federation to work There is nothing one cannot achieve if the determination and passion is there he said Similarly Lancelot Imasuen a film maker and content producer who was also recognised advised youths to take every opportunity that comes their way seriously Imasuen 48 year old said he embraced the creative industry when he was nine years old and had practiced in the industry for 39 years with lots of hurdles which he over came due to determination He advised the youth to embrace a craft or an art regardless of their academic background You can make a living from arts even while in school it is a lucrative industry for anyone to embrace The entertainment industry in Nigeria is large movie fashion music arts crafts and more these are capable of generating enough jobs for the youth Individual practitioners have operated in the industry due to their passion for it without government support he said He advised the Federal Government to focus on the creative industry to create employment opportunities Imasuen also called for the establishment of a drama festival which was also capable of boosting the nation s internally generated revenue and tourists flow into the country According to him it has become imperative to provide solutions and address the problem of unemployment in Nigeria Earlier Mrs Ndidi Aimienwawu Director General Centre for Black Arts and African Civilization CBAAC encouraged the youth to acquire entrepreneurial skills to enhance their finances Ugonna Ibe Enugu State Commissioner for Tourism said that government could not provide all the jobs the masses needed but could provide the enabling environment for businesses to thrive He urged youths to look inward be creative and embrace the creative industry PTB VIV IFY Editing by Vivian Ihechu Ifeyinwa Omowole
    NAFEST: Three Nigerians recognised for contributing to nation building
    Tourism3 years ago

    NAFEST: Three Nigerians recognised for contributing to nation building

    Three Nigerians who have contributed to the growth of the nation were on Tuesday in Benin City  recognised by the Director-General of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Olusegun Runsewe.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports the  personalities included Mrs Florence Robinson, Mr James Ikemsinachukwu and Lancelot Imasuen.

    They were recognised during the National Festival of Arts and Culture Roundtable on Entrepreneurship, held at the Akenzua Cultural Centre, Benin City, Edo.

    Runsewe said that these creative Nigerians had become successful in their chosen career having made the nation proud.

    According to him, their story will encourage Nigerian youths and students who attended the occasion, to develop entrepreneurship skills and be responsible citizens.

    Mrs Florence Robinson, trained her children through the university by selling `akara’, which is made from beans.

    Robinson urged the youth to embrace whatever trade they are capable of  embarking in, adding that people should see dignity in labour, because it was more dignifying than stealing or commercial sex work.

    “I started frying “Akara” in Kaduna until I moved to Benin and I have achieved a lot from it; my children are now university graduates,” she said.

    Also, recognised was James Ikemsinachukwu, a multi-talented 14-year old photographer, who also plays guitar, drums and sings.

    Ikemsinachukwu said he became a photographer at 4-years old, and excelled in it. “I developed the passion when  my  father gave me a toy camera as a birthday present.

    “I  became a professional after my father taught me how to use the camera and I later went to School of Photography.’’

    According to him, he has been to seven states of the federation to work.

    “There is nothing one cannot achieve if the determination and passion is there,” he said.

    Similarly, Lancelot Imasuen,  a film maker and content producer, who was also recognised advised  youths to take every opportunity that comes their way seriously.

    Imasuen, 48 year-old,  said he embraced the creative industry when he was nine years old and had practiced in the industry for 39-years with lots of hurdles, which he over came due  to determination.

    He advised the youth to embrace a craft or an art,  regardless of their academic background.

    “You can make a living from arts even while in school, it is a lucrative industry for anyone to embrace.

    “The entertainment industry in Nigeria is large;  movie, fashion, music, arts, crafts and more; these are capable of generating enough jobs for the youth.

    “Individual practitioners have operated in the industry due to their passion for it without government support,” he said.

    He advised the Federal Government to focus on the creative industry,  to create employment opportunities.

    Imasuen  also called for the establishment of a drama festival, which was also capable of boosting the nation’s internally generated revenue and tourists’ flow into the country.

    According to him, it has become imperative to provide solutions and  address the problem of unemployment in Nigeria.

    Earlier, Mrs Ndidi Aimienwawu, Director-General, Centre for Black Arts and African Civilization (CBAAC),  encouraged the youth to acquire entrepreneurial skills to enhance their finances.

    Ugonna Ibe, Enugu State Commissioner for  Tourism,  said that government could not provide all the jobs the masses needed but could provide the enabling environment for businesses to thrive.

    He urged  youths to look inward, be creative and embrace the creative industry.

    PTB/VIV/IFY

    Editing by Vivian Ihechu/Ifeyinwa Omowole

  • Scenes from 2019 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) Benin City
    Scenes from 2019 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) Benin City
    General news3 years ago

    Scenes from 2019 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) Benin City

     

     

     

  •   Mr Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC on Monday said that the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture would provide skill acquisition programmes for participants Speaking during the opening ceremony of NAFEST at University of Benin Sports Complex Ugbowo Benin Runsewe said that NCAC was determined to use the empowerment programme to take teeming unemployed youths off the streets and make them productive members of the society He said that this was part of the vision of the council to make culture a key player in the nation s economic growth He explained that culture was capable of creating mass employment and empowering the people in line with the economic diversification policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari s administration It is in the light of this that we have expanded the scope of the festival to include skills acquisition programmes The essence of this is to train youths women the physically challenged and other vulnerable members of the society in various skills in arts and crafts This is to make them self employed and employers of labour this will commence at the festival venues from Tuesday he said According to him every edition of the festival focused on specific issues of national life as the council seeks to find solutions to challenges of nation building He said that in the course of the programme there would also be free medical screening such as eye screening body massage index blood sugar test and more Runsewe said this was part of the council s corporate social responsibility to the Nigerian people The platform is also for talent hunt identifying nurturing and training of young Nigerians who have exhibited unique expertise in various areas in our competitive events he said The Nigeria News Agency reports that legendary musicians Victor Uwaifo and Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2Baba thrilled Nigerians with their hit tracks during the opening ceremony The festival will end on Saturday PTB WOJ Edited by Wale Ojetimi
    2019 NAFEST offers free skill acquisition programmes — Runsewe
      Mr Olusegun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC on Monday said that the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture would provide skill acquisition programmes for participants Speaking during the opening ceremony of NAFEST at University of Benin Sports Complex Ugbowo Benin Runsewe said that NCAC was determined to use the empowerment programme to take teeming unemployed youths off the streets and make them productive members of the society He said that this was part of the vision of the council to make culture a key player in the nation s economic growth He explained that culture was capable of creating mass employment and empowering the people in line with the economic diversification policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari s administration It is in the light of this that we have expanded the scope of the festival to include skills acquisition programmes The essence of this is to train youths women the physically challenged and other vulnerable members of the society in various skills in arts and crafts This is to make them self employed and employers of labour this will commence at the festival venues from Tuesday he said According to him every edition of the festival focused on specific issues of national life as the council seeks to find solutions to challenges of nation building He said that in the course of the programme there would also be free medical screening such as eye screening body massage index blood sugar test and more Runsewe said this was part of the council s corporate social responsibility to the Nigerian people The platform is also for talent hunt identifying nurturing and training of young Nigerians who have exhibited unique expertise in various areas in our competitive events he said The Nigeria News Agency reports that legendary musicians Victor Uwaifo and Innocent Idibia popularly known as 2Baba thrilled Nigerians with their hit tracks during the opening ceremony The festival will end on Saturday PTB WOJ Edited by Wale Ojetimi
    2019 NAFEST offers free skill acquisition programmes — Runsewe
    Tourism3 years ago

    2019 NAFEST offers free skill acquisition programmes — Runsewe

    Mr Olusegun Runsewe, Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) on Monday said that the 2019 edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture would provide skill acquisition programmes for participants.Speaking during the opening ceremony of NAFEST at University of Benin Sports Complex, Ugbowo, Benin, Runsewe said that NCAC was determined to use the empowerment programme to take teeming unemployed youths off the streets and make them productive members of the society.He said that this was part of the vision of the council to make culture a key player in the nation’s economic growth.He explained that culture was capable of creating mass employment and empowering the people in line with the economic diversification policy of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.“It is in the light of this that we have expanded the scope of the festival to include skills acquisition programmes.“The essence of this is to train youths, women, the physically challenged and other vulnerable members of the society in various skills in arts and crafts.“This is to make them self employed and employers of labour; this will commence at the festival venues from Tuesday,” he said.According to him, every edition of the festival focused on specific issues of national life as the council seeks to find solutions to challenges of nation building.He said that in the course of the programme, there would also be free medical screening such as eye screening, body massage index, blood sugar test and more.Runsewe said this was part of the council’s corporate social responsibility to the Nigerian people.“The platform is also for talent hunt, identifying, nurturing and training of young Nigerians who have exhibited unique expertise in various areas in our competitive events,” he said.The Nigeria News Agency reports that legendary musicians Victor Uwaifo and Innocent  Idibia, popularly known as 2Baba, thrilled Nigerians with their hit tracks during the  opening ceremony.The festival will end on Saturday.PTB/WOJEdited by Wale Ojetimi

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