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  •  The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed has called on private sector to step up efforts toward exploring the opportunity for investment inherent in Arts and crafts sector in Nigeria He made the call in his closing remark at the closing ceremony of the African Arts and Crafts AFAC Expo on Tuesday in Abuja The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba the Permanent Secretary in the ministry represented the minister Mohammed said that foreign participation in AFAC would offer the nation the opportunity to draw other African countries to itself and give them a hand of friendship This development he said was important to position Nigeria within the continent adding that it would promote regional unity and integration in line with the African Union Charter The minister also said that AFAC 2016 had afforded the nation a glimpse into the huge potential of culture and tourism products in Nigeria He said that if culture and tourism products in Nigeria were well packaged it would trigger the much needed socio economic development and attract additional revenue to individuals communities and government at all levels The minister said that the lesson of the Expo was that culture could be one of the potent tools for driving the country s development goals and aspirations if properly tapped This sector has a great future and is emerging as the most prosperous sector in the world He commended the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC for a Job well done in organising the 2016 Expo irrespective of the economic recession Earlier Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General of NCAC expressed delight that AFAC came to a close with huge success I am happy with success the Expo has made and the quality of the products displayed The fair is one regional platform that has great prospects in transforming the Nigerian economy in particular and that of the African region in general The experiences shared at the fiesta by the participants should not be lost The value and lessons gained should be used to reposition the industry in a manner that can transform it into a viable one I am very optimistic that if the sector is appropriately developed it could contribute significantly to the economic development of the country Keshi said She congratulated the participants especially award winners and urged them to hold arts crafts and culture of the country in high esteem The Nigeria News Agency reports that Kogi won the Most Enterprising Award the highest award in AFAC Expo Other Awardees were Lagos and Kano States as the Most Innovative in packaging Ogun the best in textile Niger the best in Brass work and Plateau the best in Metal work The list also includes Katsina State the best in leather work design Anambra best in Ornaments Bauchi state the best in Wood Works and Gombe state best in Calabash designs Edited by Dada Ahmed NAN
    Minister calls for investment in Arts, Crafts as AFAC closes
     The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed has called on private sector to step up efforts toward exploring the opportunity for investment inherent in Arts and crafts sector in Nigeria He made the call in his closing remark at the closing ceremony of the African Arts and Crafts AFAC Expo on Tuesday in Abuja The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba the Permanent Secretary in the ministry represented the minister Mohammed said that foreign participation in AFAC would offer the nation the opportunity to draw other African countries to itself and give them a hand of friendship This development he said was important to position Nigeria within the continent adding that it would promote regional unity and integration in line with the African Union Charter The minister also said that AFAC 2016 had afforded the nation a glimpse into the huge potential of culture and tourism products in Nigeria He said that if culture and tourism products in Nigeria were well packaged it would trigger the much needed socio economic development and attract additional revenue to individuals communities and government at all levels The minister said that the lesson of the Expo was that culture could be one of the potent tools for driving the country s development goals and aspirations if properly tapped This sector has a great future and is emerging as the most prosperous sector in the world He commended the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC for a Job well done in organising the 2016 Expo irrespective of the economic recession Earlier Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General of NCAC expressed delight that AFAC came to a close with huge success I am happy with success the Expo has made and the quality of the products displayed The fair is one regional platform that has great prospects in transforming the Nigerian economy in particular and that of the African region in general The experiences shared at the fiesta by the participants should not be lost The value and lessons gained should be used to reposition the industry in a manner that can transform it into a viable one I am very optimistic that if the sector is appropriately developed it could contribute significantly to the economic development of the country Keshi said She congratulated the participants especially award winners and urged them to hold arts crafts and culture of the country in high esteem The Nigeria News Agency reports that Kogi won the Most Enterprising Award the highest award in AFAC Expo Other Awardees were Lagos and Kano States as the Most Innovative in packaging Ogun the best in textile Niger the best in Brass work and Plateau the best in Metal work The list also includes Katsina State the best in leather work design Anambra best in Ornaments Bauchi state the best in Wood Works and Gombe state best in Calabash designs Edited by Dada Ahmed NAN
    Minister calls for investment in Arts, Crafts as AFAC closes
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    Minister calls for investment in Arts, Crafts as AFAC closes

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has called on private sector to step up efforts toward exploring the opportunity for investment inherent in Arts and crafts sector in Nigeria.

    He made the call in his closing remark at the closing ceremony of the African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) Expo on Tuesday in Abuja.

    The Nigeria News Agency reports that Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry represented the minister.

    Mohammed said that foreign participation in AFAC would offer the nation the opportunity to draw other African countries to itself and give them a hand of friendship.

    This development he said was important to position Nigeria within the continent adding that it would promote regional unity and integration in line with the African Union Charter.

    The minister also said that AFAC 2016 had afforded the nation a glimpse into the huge potential of culture and tourism products in Nigeria.

    He said that if culture and tourism products in Nigeria were well packaged, it would trigger the much needed socio-economic development and attract additional revenue to individuals, communities and government at all levels.

    The minister said that the lesson of the Expo was that culture could be one of the potent tools for driving the country’s development goals and aspirations, if properly tapped.

    “This sector has a great future and is emerging as the most prosperous sector in the world.’’

    He commended the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) for a Job well done in organising the 2016 Expo, irrespective of the economic recession.

    Earlier, Mrs Dayo Keshi, the Director-General of NCAC expressed delight that AFAC came to a close with huge success.

    “I am happy with success the Expo has made and the quality of the products displayed.

    “The fair is one regional platform that has great prospects in transforming the Nigerian economy in particular and that of the African region in general.

    “The experiences shared at the fiesta by the participants should not be lost. The value and lessons gained should be used to reposition the industry in a manner that can transform it into a viable one.

    “I am very optimistic that if the sector is appropriately developed, it could contribute significantly to the economic development of the country,’’ Keshi said.

    She congratulated the participants, especially award winners and urged them to hold arts, crafts and culture of the country in high esteem.

    The Nigeria News Agency , reports that Kogi won the “Most Enterprising Award’’, the highest award in AFAC Expo.

    Other Awardees were Lagos and Kano States as the Most Innovative in packaging, Ogun the best in textile, Niger, the best in Brass work, and Plateau, the best in Metal work.

    The list also includes Katsina State, the best in leather work design, Anambra, best in Ornaments, Bauchi state, the best in Wood Works, and Gombe state, best in Calabash designs.

    Edited by: Dada Ahmed
    (NAN)

  •  Some exhibitors at the ongoing African Arts and Crafts AFAC Expo have attributed the low patronage to the current economic recession the country The exhibitors told the Nigeria News Agency in separate interviews on Thursday in Abuja that the recession had impacted negatively on the expo NAN observed that the Arts and Crafts Village venue for the expo was scanty with few customers strolling in and out with little or no purchases Miss Clarisse Kameni the Managing Director of Clarisse Textile and Crafts from Cameroon said the expo was not what she expected adding that visitors only admired their products and complained of no money The patronage is very poor customers come admire my products but cannot buy because they complain of no money I know it s not only a Nigeria thing most African countries are going through some level of economic recession Another problem is that Africans are more into foreign goods than our own products They don t know that non patronage of our own will extinct our heritage Although it is my first time to partake in AFAC I am happy to see that Africans still believe in our own by the number of other African countries present Even if I don t make any profit during this expo I will come again for other festival of Arts and crafts because I believe that Africa is the best continent Kameni said Mrs Binta Ali a Chadian exhibitor of traditional herbs said she was participating in AFAC for the sixth time She said that business was moving but slowly due to paucity of fund I have already established my clientele because this is my sixth time of participating in AFAC But I would say that my experience this year is different from what it used to be I have not seen most of my customers even though I have called them The ones that came could not buy as much as they use to while some cannot afford to buy anything at all But all the same I pray and wish that before the expo runs out there will be a positive difference I must confess that AFAC has really helped my business in terms of growth I understand the problem everyone is going through Ali said Mr Oluwaseye Adeyemo Head of Ogun contingent from Ministry of Culture and Tourism attributed the poor patronage to lack of publicity He said that the National Council of Arts and Crafts did not do enough publicity of the event We are a government body and we participate in almost all the festivals like AFAC NAFEST Carnival and others to showcase our culture and heritage For this year s AFAC the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC did not do adequate publicity Many people in town don t know that anything is happening here I have even gone round some places there is nothing like bill boards banners or fliers to advertise the programme AFAC has gone beyond Africa so it requires good publicity Maybe NCAC will still narrow it down to the issue of no money What we are experiencing in terms of patronage is not what any marketer will have expected But we all know what the country is going through economically I know exhibitors are complaining of poor sales even we that brought our traditional materials like adire and kampala we have not been able to sell them Adeyemo said Other countries participating in the expo are Mali Burkina Faso and Ghana and they expressed similar concerns AFAC which started on Nov 17 ends on Nov 29 Edited by Dorcas Jonah Nkechi Okoronkwo NAN
    Economic recession bane of AFAC 2016 — exhibitors
     Some exhibitors at the ongoing African Arts and Crafts AFAC Expo have attributed the low patronage to the current economic recession the country The exhibitors told the Nigeria News Agency in separate interviews on Thursday in Abuja that the recession had impacted negatively on the expo NAN observed that the Arts and Crafts Village venue for the expo was scanty with few customers strolling in and out with little or no purchases Miss Clarisse Kameni the Managing Director of Clarisse Textile and Crafts from Cameroon said the expo was not what she expected adding that visitors only admired their products and complained of no money The patronage is very poor customers come admire my products but cannot buy because they complain of no money I know it s not only a Nigeria thing most African countries are going through some level of economic recession Another problem is that Africans are more into foreign goods than our own products They don t know that non patronage of our own will extinct our heritage Although it is my first time to partake in AFAC I am happy to see that Africans still believe in our own by the number of other African countries present Even if I don t make any profit during this expo I will come again for other festival of Arts and crafts because I believe that Africa is the best continent Kameni said Mrs Binta Ali a Chadian exhibitor of traditional herbs said she was participating in AFAC for the sixth time She said that business was moving but slowly due to paucity of fund I have already established my clientele because this is my sixth time of participating in AFAC But I would say that my experience this year is different from what it used to be I have not seen most of my customers even though I have called them The ones that came could not buy as much as they use to while some cannot afford to buy anything at all But all the same I pray and wish that before the expo runs out there will be a positive difference I must confess that AFAC has really helped my business in terms of growth I understand the problem everyone is going through Ali said Mr Oluwaseye Adeyemo Head of Ogun contingent from Ministry of Culture and Tourism attributed the poor patronage to lack of publicity He said that the National Council of Arts and Crafts did not do enough publicity of the event We are a government body and we participate in almost all the festivals like AFAC NAFEST Carnival and others to showcase our culture and heritage For this year s AFAC the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC did not do adequate publicity Many people in town don t know that anything is happening here I have even gone round some places there is nothing like bill boards banners or fliers to advertise the programme AFAC has gone beyond Africa so it requires good publicity Maybe NCAC will still narrow it down to the issue of no money What we are experiencing in terms of patronage is not what any marketer will have expected But we all know what the country is going through economically I know exhibitors are complaining of poor sales even we that brought our traditional materials like adire and kampala we have not been able to sell them Adeyemo said Other countries participating in the expo are Mali Burkina Faso and Ghana and they expressed similar concerns AFAC which started on Nov 17 ends on Nov 29 Edited by Dorcas Jonah Nkechi Okoronkwo NAN
    Economic recession bane of AFAC 2016 — exhibitors
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    Economic recession bane of AFAC 2016 — exhibitors

    Some exhibitors at the ongoing African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) Expo have attributed the low patronage to the current economic recession the country.

    The exhibitors told the Nigeria News Agency in separate interviews on Thursday in Abuja that the recession had impacted negatively on the expo.

    NAN observed that the Arts and Crafts Village, venue for the expo, was scanty with few customers strolling in and out with little or no purchases.

    Miss Clarisse Kameni, the Managing Director of Clarisse Textile and Crafts from Cameroon, said the expo was not what she expected, adding that visitors only admired their products and complained of no money.

    “The patronage is very poor; customers come, admire my products but cannot buy because they complain of no money.

    “I know it’s not only a Nigeria thing; most African countries are going through some level of economic recession.

    “Another problem is that Africans are more into foreign goods than our own products. They don’t know that non-patronage of our own will extinct our heritage.

    “Although it is my first time to partake in AFAC, I am happy to see that Africans still believe in our own by the number of other African countries present.

    “Even if I don’t make any profit during this expo, I will come again for other festival of Arts and crafts because I believe that Africa is the best continent,’’ Kameni said.

    Mrs Binta Ali, a Chadian exhibitor of traditional herbs, said she was participating in AFAC for the sixth time.

    She said that business was moving but slowly due to paucity of fund.

    “I have already established my clientele because this is my sixth time of participating in AFAC.

    “But I would say that my experience this year is different from what it used to be. I have not seen most of my customers even though I have called them.

    “The ones that came could not buy as much as they use to while some cannot afford to buy anything at all.

    “But all the same, I pray and wish that before the expo runs out, there will be a positive difference.

    “I must confess that AFAC has really helped my business in terms of growth. I understand the problem everyone is going through,’’ Ali said.

    Mr Oluwaseye Adeyemo, Head of Ogun contingent from Ministry of Culture and Tourism attributed the poor patronage to lack of publicity.

    He said that the National Council of Arts and Crafts did not do enough publicity of the event.

    “We are a government body and we participate in almost all the festivals like AFAC, NAFEST, Carnival and others to showcase our culture and heritage.

    “For this year’s AFAC, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) did not do adequate publicity.

    “Many people in town don’t know that anything is happening here. I have even gone round some places, there is nothing like bill boards, banners or fliers to advertise the programme.

    “AFAC has gone beyond Africa; so it requires good publicity. Maybe NCAC will still narrow it down to the issue of no money.

    “What we are experiencing in terms of patronage is not what any marketer will have expected. But we all know what the country is going through economically.

    “I know exhibitors are complaining of poor sales, even we that brought our traditional materials like `adire’ and `kampala’ we have not been able to sell them,’’ Adeyemo said.

    Other countries participating in the expo are Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ghana and they expressed similar concerns.

    AFAC, which started on Nov. 17, ends on Nov. 29.

    (Edited by: Dorcas Jonah/Nkechi Okoronkwo)
    (NAN)

  •  The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Thursday said that the African Arts and Crafts AFAC expo scheduled for Nov 17 was in consonance with the nation s economic diversification agenda The minister made the remark at the opening of the expo in Abuja Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba Mohammed said AFAC would drive home the economic importance of the nation s cultural industry and the need to encourage investment to the sector He said this event has attracted local and international stakeholders to bring to the fore the economic opportunities that abound in the creative industry Its potential if properly harnessed will surely contribute toward arresting youth restiveness rural urban drift poverty unemployment and many other vices It will be a delight to see the expo fully developed to exploit the innate capacity of our people With a population of about 180 million Nigeria is a fertile market for any qualitative product Government is therefore determined to support arts and crafts industry to supply in large volume as it can effectively dominate the domestic market and also excel globally The minister said that the Ministry of Information and Culture had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Council in Edinburgh United Kingdom to further explore ways to harness the potential in the creative industry He urged private and corporate bodies to look inward and embrace and partner the sector to enhance economic growth We need to promote the non oil sectors to diversify the economy through zero oil economic policy he added He commended the National Council for Arts and Crafts NCAC for efforts to ensure the hosting of the expo Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General of NCAC said the expo was intended to re awaken the consciousness of abundant potential in the culture industry that could be tapped for development She said the creative industry could play a significant role in the development of the nation s economy through foreign currency earnings It can equally challenge our collective resourcefulness in providing alternative road map out of our current economic recession she said The NCAC boss added that some countries had integrated the creative industry into their economic development plans as a result of growing recognition to the cultural and creative industry Keshi who reiterated the purpose of organising cultural festivals like NAFEST and AFAC said AFAC showcases works of various artists from both Nigeria and African countries annually it produces the much needed profitable activities which unite a people Such festivals also put money in the pockets of participants thereby creating wealth at the grassroots It is definitely a key factor in strengthening our democracy She then urged all to come and invest in culture because it s imperative for us to give reasons for tourists to visit Nigeria Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    AFAC Expo in consonance with economic diversification, says minister
     The Minister of Information and Culture Alhaji Lai Mohammed on Thursday said that the African Arts and Crafts AFAC expo scheduled for Nov 17 was in consonance with the nation s economic diversification agenda The minister made the remark at the opening of the expo in Abuja Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba Mohammed said AFAC would drive home the economic importance of the nation s cultural industry and the need to encourage investment to the sector He said this event has attracted local and international stakeholders to bring to the fore the economic opportunities that abound in the creative industry Its potential if properly harnessed will surely contribute toward arresting youth restiveness rural urban drift poverty unemployment and many other vices It will be a delight to see the expo fully developed to exploit the innate capacity of our people With a population of about 180 million Nigeria is a fertile market for any qualitative product Government is therefore determined to support arts and crafts industry to supply in large volume as it can effectively dominate the domestic market and also excel globally The minister said that the Ministry of Information and Culture had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Council in Edinburgh United Kingdom to further explore ways to harness the potential in the creative industry He urged private and corporate bodies to look inward and embrace and partner the sector to enhance economic growth We need to promote the non oil sectors to diversify the economy through zero oil economic policy he added He commended the National Council for Arts and Crafts NCAC for efforts to ensure the hosting of the expo Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General of NCAC said the expo was intended to re awaken the consciousness of abundant potential in the culture industry that could be tapped for development She said the creative industry could play a significant role in the development of the nation s economy through foreign currency earnings It can equally challenge our collective resourcefulness in providing alternative road map out of our current economic recession she said The NCAC boss added that some countries had integrated the creative industry into their economic development plans as a result of growing recognition to the cultural and creative industry Keshi who reiterated the purpose of organising cultural festivals like NAFEST and AFAC said AFAC showcases works of various artists from both Nigeria and African countries annually it produces the much needed profitable activities which unite a people Such festivals also put money in the pockets of participants thereby creating wealth at the grassroots It is definitely a key factor in strengthening our democracy She then urged all to come and invest in culture because it s imperative for us to give reasons for tourists to visit Nigeria Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    AFAC Expo in consonance with economic diversification, says minister
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    AFAC Expo in consonance with economic diversification, says minister

    The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Thursday, said that the African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) expo, scheduled for Nov. 17, was in consonance with the nation’s economic diversification agenda.

    The minister made the remark at the opening of the expo in Abuja.

    Represented by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs Ayotunde Adesugba, Mohammed said AFAC would drive home the economic importance of the nation’s cultural industry and the need to encourage investment to the sector.

    He said “this event has attracted local and international stakeholders to bring to the fore the economic opportunities that abound in the creative industry.

    “Its potential, if properly harnessed, will surely contribute toward arresting youth restiveness, rural-urban drift, poverty, unemployment and many other vices.

    “It will be a delight to see the expo fully developed to exploit the innate capacity of our people.

    “With a population of about 180 million, Nigeria is a fertile market for any qualitative product.

    “Government is, therefore, determined to support arts and crafts industry to supply in large volume as it can effectively dominate the domestic market and also excel globally.’’

    The minister said that the Ministry of Information and Culture had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the British Council in Edinburgh, United Kingdom, to further explore ways to harness the potential in the creative industry.

    He urged private and corporate bodies to look inward and embrace and partner the sector to enhance economic growth.

    “We need to promote the non oil sectors to diversify the economy through zero oil economic policy,’’ he added.

    He commended the National Council for Arts and Crafts (NCAC) for efforts to ensure

    the hosting of the expo.

    Mrs Dayo Keshi, the Director General of NCAC, said the expo was intended to re-awaken

    the consciousness of abundant potential in the culture industry that could be tapped for development.

    She said the creative industry could play a significant role in the development of the nation’s

    economy through foreign currency earnings.

    “It can equally challenge our collective resourcefulness in providing alternative road map out of our current economic recession,’’ she said.

    The NCAC boss added that some countries had integrated the creative industry into their economic development plans as a result of growing recognition to the cultural and creative industry.

    Keshi, who reiterated the purpose of organising cultural festivals like NAFEST and AFAC, said “AFAC showcases works of various artists from both Nigeria and African countries annually; it produces the much needed profitable activities which unite a people.

    “Such festivals also put money in the pockets of participants, thereby creating wealth at the grassroots.

    “It is definitely a key factor in strengthening our democracy.’’

    She then urged all to come and invest in culture “because it’s imperative for us to give reasons for tourists to visit Nigeria.’’

    Edited by: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    (NAN)

     

  •  The National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC has officially fixed Nov 17 for the opening ceremony of the 9th edition of the African Arts and Crafts AFAC Expo scheduled for Abuja The Director General NCAC Mrs Dayo Keshi made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Abuja Keshi said that this year s expo to hold between Nov 17 and Nov 26 would be a market place for showcasing arts and crafts products such as fabrics leather and souvenirs from Nigeria and other African countries She added that it will be a unique opportunity for artists craft dealers manufacturers and other stakeholders to buy and sell as well as brand their products She noted that the expo which has African Arts and Crafts A Catalyst for Investment in the Nigerian Creative Industries as its theme was geared toward harnessing and developing arts and crafts and other creative industries According to her the expo will play a key role toward job creation and economic empowerment of the rural populace It would also be a conducive avenue to attract investors and exhibitors from within and outside the country as well as promote her brands and products to a large audience The director general said the expo will bring together a potpourri of vendors hoping to explore and exploit the arts and crafts industry to their utmost benefit The expo is also apt as Nigeria has recorded remarkable achievements in developing the culture industry ies to enviable heights through festivals like AFAC Keshi then solicited for the support of the private sector and corporate bodies to transform the arts and crafts sector She said that if the sector was properly harnessed it would empower the rural population discourage rural urban migration and create employment locally and internationally AFAC has grown steadily to become a veritable platform for mobilising youths and women toward actualising their talents skills and creativity The expo has lived up to its expectation of regional integration and unity as well as bringing to the fore the economic opportunities that abound in the creativity industry The concept of AFAC which enables it to attract participation from many African countries and beyond makes it a potent tool for realising the objectives of the African Union the NCAC boss added NCAC is a Federal Government organ charged with the responsibility of coordinating developing and promoting the country s arts and culture at national and international fora The Council focuses its programmes and projects toward positively changing the perception about culture and cultural activities as serious business opportunities It portrays arts and culture as tool for the promotion of peace social integration and national identity Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    NCAC to hold AFAC on Nov. 17, says D-G
     The National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC has officially fixed Nov 17 for the opening ceremony of the 9th edition of the African Arts and Crafts AFAC Expo scheduled for Abuja The Director General NCAC Mrs Dayo Keshi made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Abuja Keshi said that this year s expo to hold between Nov 17 and Nov 26 would be a market place for showcasing arts and crafts products such as fabrics leather and souvenirs from Nigeria and other African countries She added that it will be a unique opportunity for artists craft dealers manufacturers and other stakeholders to buy and sell as well as brand their products She noted that the expo which has African Arts and Crafts A Catalyst for Investment in the Nigerian Creative Industries as its theme was geared toward harnessing and developing arts and crafts and other creative industries According to her the expo will play a key role toward job creation and economic empowerment of the rural populace It would also be a conducive avenue to attract investors and exhibitors from within and outside the country as well as promote her brands and products to a large audience The director general said the expo will bring together a potpourri of vendors hoping to explore and exploit the arts and crafts industry to their utmost benefit The expo is also apt as Nigeria has recorded remarkable achievements in developing the culture industry ies to enviable heights through festivals like AFAC Keshi then solicited for the support of the private sector and corporate bodies to transform the arts and crafts sector She said that if the sector was properly harnessed it would empower the rural population discourage rural urban migration and create employment locally and internationally AFAC has grown steadily to become a veritable platform for mobilising youths and women toward actualising their talents skills and creativity The expo has lived up to its expectation of regional integration and unity as well as bringing to the fore the economic opportunities that abound in the creativity industry The concept of AFAC which enables it to attract participation from many African countries and beyond makes it a potent tool for realising the objectives of the African Union the NCAC boss added NCAC is a Federal Government organ charged with the responsibility of coordinating developing and promoting the country s arts and culture at national and international fora The Council focuses its programmes and projects toward positively changing the perception about culture and cultural activities as serious business opportunities It portrays arts and culture as tool for the promotion of peace social integration and national identity Edited by Hadiza Mohammed Aliyu NAN
    NCAC to hold AFAC on Nov. 17, says D-G
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    NCAC to hold AFAC on Nov. 17, says D-G

    The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has officially fixed Nov. 17 for the opening ceremony of the 9th edition of the African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) Expo scheduled for Abuja.

    The Director General NCAC, Mrs Dayo Keshi, made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency on Monday in Abuja.

    Keshi said that this year’s expo, to hold between Nov. 17 and Nov. 26, would be a market place for showcasing arts and crafts products such as fabrics, leather and souvenirs from Nigeria and other African countries.

    She added that “it will be a unique opportunity for artists, craft dealers, manufacturers and other stakeholders to buy and sell, as well as brand their products.”

    She noted that the expo, which has “African Arts and Crafts: A Catalyst for Investment in the Nigerian Creative Industries” as its theme, was geared toward harnessing and developing arts and crafts and other creative industries.

    According to her, the expo will play a key role toward job creation and economic empowerment of

    the rural populace.

    It would also be a conducive avenue to attract investors and exhibitors from within and outside the country, as well as promote her brands and products to a large audience.

    The director-general said “the expo will bring together a potpourri of vendors hoping to explore and

    exploit the arts and crafts industry to their utmost benefit.

    “The expo is also apt as Nigeria has recorded remarkable achievements in developing the culture

    industry ies to enviable heights through festivals like AFAC.”

    Keshi then solicited for the support of the private sector and corporate bodies to transform the arts and crafts sector.

    She said that if the sector was properly harnessed, it would empower the rural population, discourage rural-urban migration and create employment locally and internationally.

    “AFAC has grown steadily to become a veritable platform for mobilising youths and women toward actualising their talents, skills and creativity.

    “The expo has lived up to its expectation of regional integration and unity, as well as bringing to the fore the economic opportunities that abound in the creativity industry.”

    The concept of AFAC, which enables it to attract participation from many African countries and beyond makes it a potent tool for realising the objectives of the African Union, the NCAC boss added.

    NCAC is a Federal Government organ charged with the responsibility of coordinating, developing and promoting the country’s arts and culture at national and international fora.

    The Council focuses its programmes and projects toward positively changing the perception about culture and cultural activities as serious business opportunities.

    It portrays arts and culture as tool for the promotion of peace, social integration and national identity.

    Edited by: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
    (NAN)

  •  The National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC has called on Nigerians to go into vending of arts and crafts to facilitate and boost the sales of indigenous works of arts Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General of the council made the call at a forum of the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja She said that an average artist was not the best business man adding that good artist should not be the one managing him her I have seen instances where somebody did a fantastic painting in his heart he values it for N200 000 but because he is broke he will sell it for N30 000 That is wrong and that is why I say there is a gap we need to create art vendors an art vendor must not necessarily be an artist An art vendor should be involved in the marketing of art works Keshi said She said that Nigerian fashion designers were the best in the world as they were making money from the business She however said that there was the need for private investors to open garment factories whereby they could pay and take good designs from designers and mass produce The designer should not be the one to design produce and mass produce it and then try to market it If we are serious about the creative industry we must be ready to put up economic structures All these will facilitate quality control and encourage export on a large scale she said She said it was regrettable that some Nigerian fashion designers engaged in Portmanto business and that such would not bring a positive economic effect Keshi admonished the private sector to open factories in the suburbs as this would go a long way in transforming the lives of the people in those areas Everything you do in the creative industry gives you that bottom top approach but like every industry it has to be supported We call on Non Governmental Organisations and philanthropists to provide soft loans for entrepreneurs to go into the creative industry it doesn t have to be from the NCAC Government cannot do it alone because even the few ones we have are barely funded Keshi said Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    National Council for Arts urges people to pick interest in art vending
     The National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC has called on Nigerians to go into vending of arts and crafts to facilitate and boost the sales of indigenous works of arts Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General of the council made the call at a forum of the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja She said that an average artist was not the best business man adding that good artist should not be the one managing him her I have seen instances where somebody did a fantastic painting in his heart he values it for N200 000 but because he is broke he will sell it for N30 000 That is wrong and that is why I say there is a gap we need to create art vendors an art vendor must not necessarily be an artist An art vendor should be involved in the marketing of art works Keshi said She said that Nigerian fashion designers were the best in the world as they were making money from the business She however said that there was the need for private investors to open garment factories whereby they could pay and take good designs from designers and mass produce The designer should not be the one to design produce and mass produce it and then try to market it If we are serious about the creative industry we must be ready to put up economic structures All these will facilitate quality control and encourage export on a large scale she said She said it was regrettable that some Nigerian fashion designers engaged in Portmanto business and that such would not bring a positive economic effect Keshi admonished the private sector to open factories in the suburbs as this would go a long way in transforming the lives of the people in those areas Everything you do in the creative industry gives you that bottom top approach but like every industry it has to be supported We call on Non Governmental Organisations and philanthropists to provide soft loans for entrepreneurs to go into the creative industry it doesn t have to be from the NCAC Government cannot do it alone because even the few ones we have are barely funded Keshi said Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    National Council for Arts urges people to pick interest in art vending
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    National Council for Arts urges people to pick interest in art vending

    The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has called on Nigerians to go into vending of arts and crafts to facilitate and boost the sales of indigenous works of arts.

      Mrs Dayo Keshi, the Director-General of the council made the call at a forum of the Nigeria News Agency on Wednesday in Abuja.   She said that an average artist was not the best business man, adding that good artist should not be the one managing him/her. “I have seen instances where somebody did a fantastic painting; in his heart, he values it for N200,000, but because he is broke, he will sell it for N30,000.   “That is wrong and that is why I say there is a gap; we need to create art vendors; an art vendor must not necessarily be an artist.   “An art vendor should be involved in the marketing of art works,’’ Keshi said.   She said that Nigerian fashion designers were the best in the world, as they were making money from the business.   She, however, said that there was the need for private investors to open garment factories whereby they could pay and take good designs from designers and mass produce. “The designer should not be the one to design, produce and mass produce it and then try to market it.   “If we are serious about the creative industry, we must be ready to put up economic structures.    “All these will facilitate quality control and encourage export on a large scale,’’ she said.   She said it was regrettable that some Nigerian fashion designers engaged in “Portmanto business’’ and that such would not bring a positive economic effect.   Keshi admonished the private sector to open factories in the suburbs, as this would go a long way in transforming the lives of the people in those areas.   “Everything you do in the creative industry gives you that bottom-top approach, but like every industry it has to be supported.   “We call on Non-Governmental Organisations and philanthropists to provide soft loans for entrepreneurs to go into the creative industry; it doesn’t have to be from the NCAC.   “Government cannot do it alone, because even the few ones we have are barely funded,’’ Keshi said. Edited by: Ese E. Ekama
    (NAN)

  •  Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC says that the Abuja Arts and crafts Village ACV is owned by the council She made the confirmation when she appeared on a forum of the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Wednesday The confirmation followed allegations that the Social Development Secretariat SDS under the FCT is the owner of the Arts and Craft Village Mr Kanayo Chukwumezie the President of African Arts and Cultural Heritage Association AACHA who owns a shop at the village alleged that SDC had been the original owners with the government approved account which we have been paying into NAN recalls that the NCAC had last week locked shops up at the village following the refusal of some shop owners to pay their service charge Keshi explained that the ACV was allocated to the Council by the Federal Government as its permanent site but was used for the arts and crafts exhibition in 2003 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM During that time the government wanted a central place where visitors can go to easily to experience Nigerians arts and craft and moreover NCAC was part of the committee so the village was given The consideration was made on the fact that NCAC has no structure yet on the site even the huts you see in the village are government owed not individual So after CHOGM the then government did not want the land to lay fallow so they decided to use the village as a place to promote Nigerian arts and craft so the artists were left there Keshi said According to her the shop occupants became difficult to handle as some of them refused to pay service charge She stated that the Council had to introduce the service charge to maintain the facilities such as the toilets electricity security and the general cleanliness of the place among others When I came on board I called for a meeting with the shop owners on the way forward to maintain and manage the village we agreed on paying service charge for the time they are still there Some of them refused to pay saying the place belongs to the government not knowing that it is the place of NCAC to maintain the place So we closed the shops of those that refused to pay for keeping the place clean Any tenants who do not pay his or her land lord should not be allowed to stay permanently Why won t they pay they came to a meeting before the decision was taken so how come a group paid and the other group refused to pay There is no confusion on who owns the village NCAC has the Certificate of Occupancy Keshi said She also stressed the need for structures to be constructed on the permanent site to raise the prestige of the creative industry in Nigeria to the world NCAC permanent site will show the strength of Nigeria s creative sector to the world it has some iconic creation to show Once the place is built it will have arts and craft shops and a big exhibition hall and the artists will also benefit as stakeholders So we are hoping that sometime very soon it will be built She said Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    NCAC owns Arts and Crafts Village, says D-G
     Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC says that the Abuja Arts and crafts Village ACV is owned by the council She made the confirmation when she appeared on a forum of the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Wednesday The confirmation followed allegations that the Social Development Secretariat SDS under the FCT is the owner of the Arts and Craft Village Mr Kanayo Chukwumezie the President of African Arts and Cultural Heritage Association AACHA who owns a shop at the village alleged that SDC had been the original owners with the government approved account which we have been paying into NAN recalls that the NCAC had last week locked shops up at the village following the refusal of some shop owners to pay their service charge Keshi explained that the ACV was allocated to the Council by the Federal Government as its permanent site but was used for the arts and crafts exhibition in 2003 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting CHOGM During that time the government wanted a central place where visitors can go to easily to experience Nigerians arts and craft and moreover NCAC was part of the committee so the village was given The consideration was made on the fact that NCAC has no structure yet on the site even the huts you see in the village are government owed not individual So after CHOGM the then government did not want the land to lay fallow so they decided to use the village as a place to promote Nigerian arts and craft so the artists were left there Keshi said According to her the shop occupants became difficult to handle as some of them refused to pay service charge She stated that the Council had to introduce the service charge to maintain the facilities such as the toilets electricity security and the general cleanliness of the place among others When I came on board I called for a meeting with the shop owners on the way forward to maintain and manage the village we agreed on paying service charge for the time they are still there Some of them refused to pay saying the place belongs to the government not knowing that it is the place of NCAC to maintain the place So we closed the shops of those that refused to pay for keeping the place clean Any tenants who do not pay his or her land lord should not be allowed to stay permanently Why won t they pay they came to a meeting before the decision was taken so how come a group paid and the other group refused to pay There is no confusion on who owns the village NCAC has the Certificate of Occupancy Keshi said She also stressed the need for structures to be constructed on the permanent site to raise the prestige of the creative industry in Nigeria to the world NCAC permanent site will show the strength of Nigeria s creative sector to the world it has some iconic creation to show Once the place is built it will have arts and craft shops and a big exhibition hall and the artists will also benefit as stakeholders So we are hoping that sometime very soon it will be built She said Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    NCAC owns Arts and Crafts Village, says D-G
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    NCAC owns Arts and Crafts Village, says D-G

    Mrs Dayo Keshi, the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) says that the Abuja Arts and crafts Village (ACV) is owned by the council.

      She made the confirmation when she appeared on a forum of the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Wednesday.   The confirmation followed allegations that the Social Development Secretariat (SDS) under the FCT is the owner of the Arts and Craft Village. Mr Kanayo Chukwumezie, the President of African Arts and Cultural Heritage Association (AACHA) who owns a shop at the village alleged that SDC had been the “original owners with the government approved account which we have been paying into.’’   NAN recalls that the NCAC had last week locked shops up at the village following the refusal of some shop owners to pay their service charge.   Keshi explained that the ACV was allocated to the Council by the Federal Government as its permanent site, but was used for the arts and crafts exhibition in 2003 during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).   “During that time, the government wanted a central place where visitors can go to easily to experience Nigerians arts and craft, and moreover NCAC was part of the committee, so the village was given.   “The consideration was made on the fact that NCAC has no structure yet on the site, even the huts you see in the village are government owed not individual.   “So after CHOGM, the then government did not want the land to lay fallow, so they decided to use the village as a place to promote Nigerian arts and craft, so the artists were left there,’’ Keshi said.   According to her, the shop occupants became difficult to handle, as some of them refused to pay service charge.   She stated that the Council had to introduce the service charge to maintain the facilities, such as the toilets, electricity, security and the general cleanliness of the place among others.   “When I came on board, I called for a meeting with the shop owners on the way forward to maintain and manage the village, we agreed on paying service charge for the time they are still there.   “Some of them refused to pay, saying the place belongs to the government, not knowing that it is the place of NCAC to maintain the place.   “So we closed the shops of those that refused to pay for keeping the place clean.   “ Any tenants who do not pay his or her land lord should not be allowed to stay permanently.   “Why won’t they pay, they came to a meeting before the decision was taken, so how come a group paid and the other group refused to pay.   “There is no confusion on who owns the village. NCAC has the Certificate of Occupancy,’’ Keshi said.   She also stressed the need for structures to be constructed on the permanent site to raise the prestige of the creative industry in Nigeria to the world.   “NCAC permanent site will show the strength of Nigeria’s creative sector to the world; it has some iconic creation to show.   “Once the place is built, it will have arts and craft shops and a big exhibition hall, and the artists will also benefit as stakeholders.   “ So we are hoping that sometime very soon. it will be built,’’ She said.  Edited by: Ese E. Ekama
    (NAN)

  •  Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC said that children s competition at the upcoming 2016 National Festival for Arts and Culture NAFEST would be award driven Keshi stated this when she featured at a forum of the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Wednesday This year we moved the children essay and art competition from just being participation to an award given aspect This is done so that the children can take it more seriously but most importantly to drive home a message that says whatever we are doing we must carry the children along However as children are carried along they would be able to secure what will happen in the future that is another thing we are featuring in the festival Keshi said She emphasised that children participation in the previous editions of the festival were not award driven adding that the 2016 edition was poised to enhance competitiveness According to her winners of the competition will be given certificates while the junior wrestling competition has also been upgraded to attract award Our children are the custodians of our future heritage if we fail to carry them along they are going to become leaders tomorrow and won t even know the importance of these festivals But as long as we carry them along they would grow up remembering them and not be ashamed to lay emphasis on their culture and heritage she said NAN reports that the 29th edition of NAFEST would hold in Uyo between October 2 and October 9 The theme for the festival is Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigeria s Creative Industry NAN also reports that NAFEST was established in 1970 after the end of Nigeria s civil war to help promote national unity The festival coordinates preserves promotes and presents the very best of the country s arts and culture The event which is organised annually by NCAC has grown into a worthy celebration of Nigeria s unity in diversity The week long event is hosted in turn by different states of the federation During the festival Nigeria s cultural heritage is reflected through various competitive and non competitive events like music dance traditional wrestling and moonlight games for children Exhibitions and fairs for books herbs food and arts and crafts are also set up Participants at NAFEST are traditionally drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT sister culture parastatals other government agencies academia cultural NGOs and relevant stakeholders in the sector Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    2016 NAFEST: children’s’ competition to be award driven, says D-G
     Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC said that children s competition at the upcoming 2016 National Festival for Arts and Culture NAFEST would be award driven Keshi stated this when she featured at a forum of the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Wednesday This year we moved the children essay and art competition from just being participation to an award given aspect This is done so that the children can take it more seriously but most importantly to drive home a message that says whatever we are doing we must carry the children along However as children are carried along they would be able to secure what will happen in the future that is another thing we are featuring in the festival Keshi said She emphasised that children participation in the previous editions of the festival were not award driven adding that the 2016 edition was poised to enhance competitiveness According to her winners of the competition will be given certificates while the junior wrestling competition has also been upgraded to attract award Our children are the custodians of our future heritage if we fail to carry them along they are going to become leaders tomorrow and won t even know the importance of these festivals But as long as we carry them along they would grow up remembering them and not be ashamed to lay emphasis on their culture and heritage she said NAN reports that the 29th edition of NAFEST would hold in Uyo between October 2 and October 9 The theme for the festival is Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigeria s Creative Industry NAN also reports that NAFEST was established in 1970 after the end of Nigeria s civil war to help promote national unity The festival coordinates preserves promotes and presents the very best of the country s arts and culture The event which is organised annually by NCAC has grown into a worthy celebration of Nigeria s unity in diversity The week long event is hosted in turn by different states of the federation During the festival Nigeria s cultural heritage is reflected through various competitive and non competitive events like music dance traditional wrestling and moonlight games for children Exhibitions and fairs for books herbs food and arts and crafts are also set up Participants at NAFEST are traditionally drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT sister culture parastatals other government agencies academia cultural NGOs and relevant stakeholders in the sector Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    2016 NAFEST: children’s’ competition to be award driven, says D-G
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    2016 NAFEST: children’s’ competition to be award driven, says D-G

    Mrs Dayo Keshi, the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) said that children’s competition at the upcoming 2016 National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) would be award driven.

      Keshi stated this when she featured at a forum of the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja on Wednesday.   “This year, we moved the children essay and art competition from just being participation to an award given aspect.   “This is done so that the children can take it more seriously; but most importantly to drive home a message that says whatever we are doing, we must carry the children along.   “However, as children are carried along, they would be able to secure what will happen in the future; that is another thing we are featuring in the festival,’’ Keshi said.   She emphasised that children participation in the previous editions of the festival were not award driven, adding that the 2016 edition was poised to enhance competitiveness.   According to her, winners of the competition will be given certificates, while the junior wrestling competition has also been upgraded to attract award.   “Our children are the custodians of our future heritage, if we fail to carry them along; they are going to become leaders tomorrow and won’t even know the importance of these festivals.   “But as long as we carry them along, they would grow up remembering them and not be ashamed to lay emphasis on their culture and heritage,’’ she said.   NAN reports that the 29th edition of NAFEST would hold in Uyo, between October 2 and October 9.   The theme for the festival is; “Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigeria’s Creative Industry.’’   NAN also reports that NAFEST was established in 1970 after the end of Nigeria’s civil war to help promote national unity.   The festival coordinates, preserves, promotes and presents the very best of the country’s arts and culture.   The event which is organised annually by NCAC, has grown into a worthy celebration of Nigeria’s unity in diversity.   The week-long event is hosted in turn by different states of the federation.   During the festival, Nigeria’s cultural heritage is reflected through various competitive and non-competitive events like music, dance, traditional wrestling, and moonlight games for children.   Exhibitions and fairs for books, herbs, food and arts and crafts are also set up.   Participants at NAFEST are traditionally drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT, sister culture parastatals, other government agencies, academia, cultural NGOs and relevant stakeholders in the sector. Edited by: Ese E. Ekama
    (NAN)

  •  The 2016 edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture NAFEST is set to hold in Uyo from October 2 to October 9 The information was obtained by the Nigeria News Agency from the website of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC organiser of the annual cultural fiesta in Abuja on Thursday The National Council for Arts and Culture wishes to invite stakeholders to the 29th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST holding in Uyo The festival is an avenue to showcase diverse cultural heritage talents display sales of creative products accessories cultural performances and publications According to the website the festival with the theme Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigerian Creative Industries will draw participants from the 36 states of the federation including the FCT and Commonwealth Africa nations NCAC added that the activities for the week long event would include traditional cuisine exhibition fair amp competition traditional parade charade of dance and arts and craft exhibition and Competition among others The council stated that investors and promoters of the development of art and culture in Nigeria would also be recognised at the event 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 Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    National Festival for Arts and Culture set to hold in Uyo
     The 2016 edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture NAFEST is set to hold in Uyo from October 2 to October 9 The information was obtained by the Nigeria News Agency from the website of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC organiser of the annual cultural fiesta in Abuja on Thursday The National Council for Arts and Culture wishes to invite stakeholders to the 29th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST holding in Uyo The festival is an avenue to showcase diverse cultural heritage talents display sales of creative products accessories cultural performances and publications According to the website the festival with the theme Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigerian Creative Industries will draw participants from the 36 states of the federation including the FCT and Commonwealth Africa nations NCAC added that the activities for the week long event would include traditional cuisine exhibition fair amp competition traditional parade charade of dance and arts and craft exhibition and Competition among others The council stated that investors and promoters of the development of art and culture in Nigeria would also be recognised at the event 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 Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    National Festival for Arts and Culture set to hold in Uyo
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    National Festival for Arts and Culture set to hold in Uyo

    The 2016 edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) is set to hold in Uyo from October 2 to October 9.

     

    The information was obtained by the Nigeria News Agency from the website of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), organiser of the annual cultural fiesta in Abuja on Thursday.

     

    “The National Council for Arts and Culture wishes to invite stakeholders to the 29th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) holding in Uyo.

     

    “The festival is an avenue to showcase diverse cultural heritage, talents display, sales of creative products, accessories, cultural performances and publications.’’

     

    According to the website, the festival with the theme; “Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigerian Creative Industries”, will draw participants from the 36 states of the federation, including the FCT and Commonwealth Africa nations.

     

    NCAC added that the activities for the week-long event would include traditional cuisine exhibition fair & competition, traditional parade/charade of dance and arts and craft exhibition and Competition among others.

     

    The council stated that investors and promoters of the development of art and culture in Nigeria would also be recognised at the event.

     

    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.

    Edited by: Ese E. Ekama
    (NAN)

  •  The 2016 edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture NAFEST is set to hold in Uyo from October 2 to October 9 The information was obtained by the Nigeria News Agency from the website of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC organiser of the annual cultural fiesta in Abuja on Thursday The National Council for Arts and Culture wishes to invite stakeholders to the 29th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST holding in Uyo The festival is an avenue to showcase diverse cultural heritage talents display sales of creative products accessories cultural performances and publications According to the website the festival with the theme Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigerian Creative Industries will draw participants from the 36 states of the federation including the FCT and Commonwealth Africa nations NCAC added that the activities for the week long event would include traditional cuisine exhibition fair amp competition traditional parade charade of dance and arts and craft exhibition and Competition among others The council stated that investors and promoters of the development of art and culture in Nigeria would also be recognised at the event 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 Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    National Festival for Arts and Culture set to hold in Uyo
     The 2016 edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture NAFEST is set to hold in Uyo from October 2 to October 9 The information was obtained by the Nigeria News Agency from the website of the National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC organiser of the annual cultural fiesta in Abuja on Thursday The National Council for Arts and Culture wishes to invite stakeholders to the 29th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture NAFEST holding in Uyo The festival is an avenue to showcase diverse cultural heritage talents display sales of creative products accessories cultural performances and publications According to the website the festival with the theme Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigerian Creative Industries will draw participants from the 36 states of the federation including the FCT and Commonwealth Africa nations NCAC added that the activities for the week long event would include traditional cuisine exhibition fair amp competition traditional parade charade of dance and arts and craft exhibition and Competition among others The council stated that investors and promoters of the development of art and culture in Nigeria would also be recognised at the event 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 Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    National Festival for Arts and Culture set to hold in Uyo
    Entertainment6 years ago

    National Festival for Arts and Culture set to hold in Uyo

    The 2016 edition of the National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST) is set to hold in Uyo from October 2 to October 9.

     

    The information was obtained by the Nigeria News Agency from the website of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), organiser of the annual cultural fiesta in Abuja on Thursday.

     

    “The National Council for Arts and Culture wishes to invite stakeholders to the 29th edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) holding in Uyo.

     

    “The festival is an avenue to showcase diverse cultural heritage, talents display, sales of creative products, accessories, cultural performances and publications.’’

     

    According to the website, the festival with the theme; “Exploring the Goldmine Inherent in Nigerian Creative Industries”, will draw participants from the 36 states of the federation, including the FCT and Commonwealth Africa nations.

     

    NCAC added that the activities for the week-long event would include traditional cuisine exhibition fair & competition, traditional parade/charade of dance and arts and craft exhibition and Competition among others.

     

    The council stated that investors and promoters of the development of art and culture in Nigeria would also be recognised at the event.

     

    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.

    Edited by: Ese E. Ekama
    (NAN)

  •  Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC said the lock up of shops at the Arts Village on Wednesday by officials of the council was in good faith Keshi told the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja that owners of the shops had refused to pay their rents after being reminded so many times NAN reports that officials of the council were seen in the company of armed security personnel locking up shops at the village They are on site doing official business a tenant is expected to pay rent but when he or she refuses to pay then the law has to take its course We need to pay the security and maintain the area that is why some people s shops are locked while some shops are open Keshi said Meanwhile Mr Kanayo Chukwumezie the President of African Arts and Cultural Heritage Association AACHA who is also a shop owner told NAN that the issue was beyond rent payment According to him members of the association who have shops at the village are demonstrating against the action of the council describing it as illegal They came with police to force people to pay into an illegal account that is not approved by government we cannot pay monies into a private and illegal account NCAC and Social Development Secretariat SDS under the FCT are fighting for the ownership of the Arts and Craft Village SDC has been the original owners with the government approved account which we have been paying into But when NCAC came up and said that the village is their own we wrote them that they should give us a Treasury Single Account TSA approved by the Federal Government to pay the money into They refused and said that we must go to their office and pay the money when we said no they now brought police to lock up our shops Chukwumezie said The AACHA president emphasised that the council charges were not static because they come with different names in form of taxes Sometime ago they called it rent and the next time they said it was service charge so we don t even know what we are paying they are trying to extort money from our people According to him SDS originally allocated the village to them but NCAC are now claiming ownership However SDS said they have not been instructed to hand over He reiterated that payment of monies into private accounts was illegal and called on NCAC and SDS to resolve the issue of ownership and who the shop owners should be answerable to Malam Shaibu Mohammed one of the shop owners said that the NCAC locked up some shops and allowed others to operate The reasons why some shops are locked and few are opened is that NCAC came in 2010 and 2011 and forcefully ejected some shop owners and gave the shops to their own people SDS in 2007 during the time of Malam Nasir El Rufai shops were allocated to most of us that allocation has not been revoked NCAC came in 2011 and said the Certificate of Occupancy belonged to them now we are at a crossroad SDS and NCAC should sit down and iron out the matter and give us a direction to follow Mohammed said Mr Yusuf Omoniyi a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists told NAN that the reason their own shops were not locked was because the association had an agreement with the council Another shop owner who spoke to NAN under condition of anonymity said that the council came around to verify their payment receipts They claimed ownership of the village and those who have not paid to them had their shops locked and those who paid were allowed to open their shops for business However those who have their receipts but were not available also have their shops locked until they were able to make them available Before NCAC came today they were here some weeks back to inform us that they will come around and instructed every shop owner to have their receipts ready the source said Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    NCAC, Arts and Craft Village shop owners at loggerhead over ownership, rent
     Mrs Dayo Keshi the Director General National Council for Arts and Culture NCAC said the lock up of shops at the Arts Village on Wednesday by officials of the council was in good faith Keshi told the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja that owners of the shops had refused to pay their rents after being reminded so many times NAN reports that officials of the council were seen in the company of armed security personnel locking up shops at the village They are on site doing official business a tenant is expected to pay rent but when he or she refuses to pay then the law has to take its course We need to pay the security and maintain the area that is why some people s shops are locked while some shops are open Keshi said Meanwhile Mr Kanayo Chukwumezie the President of African Arts and Cultural Heritage Association AACHA who is also a shop owner told NAN that the issue was beyond rent payment According to him members of the association who have shops at the village are demonstrating against the action of the council describing it as illegal They came with police to force people to pay into an illegal account that is not approved by government we cannot pay monies into a private and illegal account NCAC and Social Development Secretariat SDS under the FCT are fighting for the ownership of the Arts and Craft Village SDC has been the original owners with the government approved account which we have been paying into But when NCAC came up and said that the village is their own we wrote them that they should give us a Treasury Single Account TSA approved by the Federal Government to pay the money into They refused and said that we must go to their office and pay the money when we said no they now brought police to lock up our shops Chukwumezie said The AACHA president emphasised that the council charges were not static because they come with different names in form of taxes Sometime ago they called it rent and the next time they said it was service charge so we don t even know what we are paying they are trying to extort money from our people According to him SDS originally allocated the village to them but NCAC are now claiming ownership However SDS said they have not been instructed to hand over He reiterated that payment of monies into private accounts was illegal and called on NCAC and SDS to resolve the issue of ownership and who the shop owners should be answerable to Malam Shaibu Mohammed one of the shop owners said that the NCAC locked up some shops and allowed others to operate The reasons why some shops are locked and few are opened is that NCAC came in 2010 and 2011 and forcefully ejected some shop owners and gave the shops to their own people SDS in 2007 during the time of Malam Nasir El Rufai shops were allocated to most of us that allocation has not been revoked NCAC came in 2011 and said the Certificate of Occupancy belonged to them now we are at a crossroad SDS and NCAC should sit down and iron out the matter and give us a direction to follow Mohammed said Mr Yusuf Omoniyi a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists told NAN that the reason their own shops were not locked was because the association had an agreement with the council Another shop owner who spoke to NAN under condition of anonymity said that the council came around to verify their payment receipts They claimed ownership of the village and those who have not paid to them had their shops locked and those who paid were allowed to open their shops for business However those who have their receipts but were not available also have their shops locked until they were able to make them available Before NCAC came today they were here some weeks back to inform us that they will come around and instructed every shop owner to have their receipts ready the source said Edited by Ese E Ekama NAN
    NCAC, Arts and Craft Village shop owners at loggerhead over ownership, rent
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    NCAC, Arts and Craft Village shop owners at loggerhead over ownership, rent

    Mrs Dayo Keshi, the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) said the lock up of shops at the Arts Village on Wednesday by officials of the council was in good faith.

     

    Keshi told the Nigeria News Agency in Abuja

    that owners of the shops had refused to pay their rents after being reminded so many times.

     

    NAN reports that officials of the council were seen in the company of armed security personnel locking up shops at the village.

     

    “They are on site doing official business; a tenant is expected to pay rent; but when he or she refuses to pay, then the law has to take its course.

     

    “We need to pay the security and maintain the area; that is why some people’s shops are locked while some shops are open,’’ Keshi said.

     

    Meanwhile, Mr Kanayo Chukwumezie, the President of African Arts and Cultural Heritage Association (AACHA) who is also a shop owner told NAN that the issue was beyond rent payment.

     

    According to him, members of the association who have shops at the village are demonstrating against the action of the council, describing it as illegal.

     

    “They came with police to force people to pay into an illegal account that is not approved by government; we cannot pay monies into a private and illegal account.

    “NCAC and Social Development Secretariat (SDS) under the FCT are fighting for the ownership of the Arts and Craft Village.

     

    “SDC has been the original owners with the government approved account which we have been paying into.

     

    “But when NCAC came up and said that the village is their own; we wrote them that they should give us a Treasury Single Account (TSA) approved by the Federal Government to pay the money into.

     

    “They refused and said that we must go to their office and pay the money; when we said no, they now brought police to lock up our shops,’’ Chukwumezie said.

     

    The AACHA president emphasised that the council charges were not static because they come with different names in form of taxes.

     

    “Sometime ago, they called it rent and the next time, they said it was service charge; so we don’t even know what we are paying; they are trying to extort money from our people.’’

     

    According to him, SDS originally allocated the village to them, but NCAC are now claiming ownership.

     

    However, “SDS said they have not been instructed to hand over.’’

     

    He reiterated that payment of monies into private accounts was illegal and called on NCAC and SDS to resolve the issue of ownership and who the shop owners should be answerable to.

     

    Malam Shaibu Mohammed, one of the shop owners said that the NCAC locked up some shops and allowed others to operate

     

    “The reasons why some shops are locked and few are opened is that; NCAC came in 2010 and 2011, and forcefully ejected some shop owners and gave the shops to their own people.

     

    “SDS in 2007, during the time of Malam Nasir El-Rufai, shops were allocated to most of us; that allocation has not been revoked.

     

    “NCAC came in 2011 and said the Certificate of Occupancy belonged to them; now we are at a crossroad.

     

    “SDS and NCAC should sit down and iron out the matter and give us a direction to follow,’’ Mohammed said.

     

    Mr Yusuf Omoniyi, a member of the Society of Nigerian Artists told NAN that the reason their own shops were not locked was because the association had an agreement with the council.

     

    Another shop owner who spoke to NAN under condition of anonymity said that the council came around to verify their payment receipts.

    “They claimed ownership of the village, and those who have not paid to them had their shops locked and those who paid were allowed to open their shops for business.

     

    “However, those who have their receipts but were not available also have their shops locked until they were able to make them available.

     

    “Before NCAC came today,  they were here some weeks back to inform us that they will come around and instructed every shop owner to have their receipts ready,’’ the source said.

    Edited by: Ese E. Ekama
    (NAN)

     

     

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