Nigeria’s cultural integration getting international accolades Chief Olusegun Runsewe and some of the international delegates at the recent 2022 edition of International Arts and Craft Expo Nigeria’s cultural integration getting international accolades By Taiye Olayemi, News Agency of Nigeria In view of the divergent cultural heritage across the globe, it has become important to embrace cultural integration and diplomacy to foster understanding across tribes and ensure peace, unity and harmony.
Cultural integration, or referred to as globalisation, is when individuals from one culture adopt practices from another without diminishing their own.
Also, cultural diplomacy is a type of public diplomacy and soft power that includes the exchange of ideas, information, art, language and other aspects of culture among nations and their people to foster mutual understanding.
In recognition of the benefits of cultural integration to national development, Chief Olusegun Runsewe, under his mandate as the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), has created a common ground for world peace.
This has been evident in his numerous contributions to the process of uniting Nigerians with other nationals of the world.
Runsewe has been able to engage people from different races in cultural diplomacy and integration through the annual National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) and the International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC).
During the 2022 INAC Edition, most of the Ambassadors from other nations commended Runsewe for his unflinching efforts in uniting nationals from other countries with Nigerians through the exploration of culture.
Juan Reus, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Spain, said he was attracted to attend the expo due to the laudable exhibitions held by NCAC over the years.
According to Reus, Runsewe’s contributions to development of world cultures, through INAC, is highly commendable as the Spanish would continue to exhibit in subsequent editions of INAC.
Clara Pulido-Escandell, Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, commended Runsewe’s selfless efforts in ensuring cultural exchange programmes between the Cubans and Nigerians is constantly strengthened.
Pulido-Escandell said this is yielding fruitful results.
David Velasquez, Venezuelan Ambassador to Nigeria said, “It is a honour showcasing our arts and crafts to the world.
This is the strongest opportunity for cultural exchange and collaborations, we should uphold this.
“Otunba Runsewe has been a strong cultural pillar in Nigeria.
We love his commitment toward showcasing cultures across the globe to foster understanding and we appreciate this.
” Runsewe, through his efforts over the years, continues to bag both local and International awards.
Runsewe receiving an award as China Man of the Year 2021 by the Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association Recently, Runsewe was given a commitment award by the Chinese Community in Nigeria, for his selfless commitment to the promotion of arts and culture between Nigeria and China.
He got the award during the Chinese 2022 Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day, which was held in Lagos.
Dr Eric Ni, Chairman, Chinese Industrial and Commercial Enterprises Association, said that the Chinese Community had enjoyed seamless cultural exchange programmes, due to the support enjoyed from NCAC and Runsewe.
Dr Matthew Uwaekwe, Co-ordinator, Nigeria-China Business Council, during the ceremony, said that Runsewe emerged the “China Man of the Year” after a voting session within the Chinese consulate.
Uwaekwe said that Runsewe had worked tirelessly to build a strong cultural tourism relationship between Nigeria and China.
He said that Runsewe had in various ways convinced the world that Nigerian culture, in its diversity, had the capacity to foster unity and peace among the people of both countries and the world.
According to him, members of the Chinese community in Nigeria are elated at the pace and passion at which Runsewe brought to bear in his assignment as Nigeria culture chief.
“Otunba Olusegun Runsewe has done well for the country.
He has the vision to promote the cultural relations between China and Nigeria, and we therefore confer on him China Man of the Year Award.
“He has emerged the China Man of the Year after a voting session within the Chinese consulate, so this award is from the Chinese Community,” he said.
Similarly, Runsewe emerged the best promoter and developer of Nigerian culture, arts and crafts.
This was conferred on him by the National Associations of Nigeria Travel Agencies (NANTA) during the NANTA Eminent Persons Awards, in 2021, held in Abuja.
Mrs Susan Akporaiye, NANTA’s National President, said that NCAC under the leadership of Runsewe, deserved the award due to the fact that the council also joined in combating COVID-19 pandemic since 2020. She said that while the frontline health workers worked tirelessly to get vaccines for COVID-19 pandemic, the council also went all out to produce local face masks and hand sanitisers, using local products within the country, as a way to help curtail the spread of the virus.
According to Akporiaye, Runsewe also repositioned NAFEST and the International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) such that they attract more of local and international tourists.
“Otunba Runsewe has been a pillar of support for us in the travel and tourism industries, when we need his help within the shortest time, he attends to us promptly.
“Aside this, Otunba has helped the nation to properly project and rebrand its local cultural products, which are INAC and NAFEST.
“We have seen large production of face masks and hand sanitisers since 2020, which were produced with our local materials, used to curtail the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
“These are beautiful contributions toward the promotion of culture, arts and crafts and should be appreciated,” she said.
NCAC is just one of the numerous parastatals, established by the Federal Government, with the responsibility to promote culture and tourism.
When other parastatals wake up to their responsibilities, like NCAC, Nigeria will definitely be a choice destination for tourism and leisure.
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On the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, Eritrea's high-level delegation led by Mr. Osman Saleh, Foreign Minister, held bilateral talks with delegates from various countries and participated in the Group of 77 and China .
The delegation, made up of Presidential Adviser Mr. Yemane Geabreab and Mrs. Sofia Tesamariam, Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations, met and spoke with Mr. Hussein Abdelbagi Akol-Agang, Vice President of South Sudan, as well as with Mr. Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Furhan Al-Saud of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mr. Denis Moncada Colindres, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Nicaragua and the Mr. Abdulla Shahid, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, focusing on strengthening bilateral relations as well as regional and global developments.
It should be recalled that the Eritrean delegation held similar meetings with several Foreign Ministers from September 19 to 22, including Mr. Carlos Faria Torsoa, Minister of People's Power for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Mr. Ramtane Lamamara , Minister of Foreign Affairs.
of Algeria, Mr. Nikola Selacovic, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Demeke Mokonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Mr. Fayssal Mekdad, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic.
The delegation also participated in the Ministerial Meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement, Group of Friends in Defense of the United Nations Charter, Least Developed Countries, as well as several high-level meetings and side events, including the Transformative Education Summit .
On the sidelines of the 77th United Nations General Assembly, Eritrea's high-level delegation led by Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister for Foreign Affairs, has participated in several high-level meetings and held bilateral talks with delegates from several countries .
In the meeting between Minister Osman Saleh and the People's Power Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Carlos Faria Torsoa, both parties discussed bilateral diplomatic relations, as well as cooperation and solidarity in multilateral forums; both sides also agreed to further deepen their consultations and expand relations.
They also reaffirmed their commitment to strengthen the Group of Friends in Defense of the UN Charter, of which they are members.
Minister Osman Saleh also had an extensive discussion with his Algerian counterpart, Mr. Ramtane Lamamara, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Algeria, focusing on global, continental and regional issues.
Both sides, recognizing Africa's marginalization on the world stage, called for their legitimate position and proper consideration of their voices.
Appreciating the similar positions of their countries on most continental, regional and international issues, he recalled the historical, political and cultural ties between the two peoples; and promised to continue their consultations in any of their capitals.
In the meeting with Mr. Nikola Selacovic, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, the two sides discussed bilateral diplomatic relations, cooperation and capacity building opportunities.
Minister Nikola Selacovic, for his part, appreciated Eritrea's principled position on the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Serbia.
Minister Osman Saleh also met with Mr. Demeke Mokonnen, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and discussed regional dynamics, including mutual challenges and opportunities, and highlighted the consolidation and strengthening of the bilateral relations of the two brother peoples and countries.
In the meeting held by Minister Osman Saleh with Mr. Fayssal Mekdad, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Syrian Arab Republic, the historical, political, social and cultural relations of the two brother peoples were reviewed.
Mr. Fayssal Mekdad expressed his country's appreciation for Eritrea's strong support and solidarity during his country's difficult times.
Minister Osman Saleh also participated in the Ministerial Meetings of the Non-Aligned Movement, the Group of Friends in Defense of the Charter of the United Nations, the Least Developed Countries and the Group of 77 and China, as well as in various meetings of high level and side events including the Transformative Education Summit.
The high-level delegation from Eritrea is composed of Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Presidential Adviser, and Ms. Sofia Tesfamariam, Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the United Nations.
Binance (www.Binance.com), the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, is pleased to announce the creation of its new Global Advisory Board (GAB), comprised of distinguished experts in public policy, government, finance, economy and companies.
The Global Advisory Council, chaired by former US Senator and Ambassador to China Max Baucus, recently met in Paris, France.
The purpose of the board is to advise Binance on some of the most complex regulatory, political, and social issues facing the entire cryptocurrency industry as it grows and evolves at a rapid pace.
"For the past five years, Binance has been at the forefront of the exciting new world of cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and Web3," said Binance Founder and CEO Changpeng Zhao. “In that time, we have tackled complex problems no one knew existed.
We have maintained our focus on delivering compliance solutions that protect the interests of cryptocurrency users, while maintaining a fast pace of socially beneficial innovation.
The GAB represents the next big step forward in our journey to share the benefits of modern finance and blockchain with the whole world."
“The blockchain and cryptocurrency industry can act as a true catalyst for economic growth and opportunity.
For cities that are willing to partner with companies like Binance to create progressive regulations and an effective Web3 environment, I hope it will enable a number of investments in the space.
I look forward to working with a number of experts as part of the Binance Global Advisory Council to collaborate,” said Leslie Maasdorp from South Africa.
Prior to joining Binance's Global Advisory Board, Leslie served as Vice President and CFO of New Development Bank, former Managing Director and President for South Africa at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, former Vice President of Barclays Capital, and former Goldman Sachs International Advisor.
Binance is leveraging GAB's unmatched collective expertise and experience to benefit the sustainable development of the industry as a whole, by weighing the most difficult and sensitive regulatory and compliance issues facing cryptocurrencies, blockchain, and Web3.
"We always put our users first, and that has served as a very effective polestar for us over the past five years of exciting and unprecedented growth," said Zhao. "With GAB, we are leveraging our ability to manage regulatory complexity by leveraging the highest level of expertise available anywhere in the world.
This collaboration between Binance and GAB's leading experts is a testament to our focus on compliance and transparency.
and ensuring a collaborative relationship with the world's regulators as they develop sensible regulations around the world."
The GAB roster includes: Max Bacus USA Former US Ambassador to the People's Republic of China; Former Senator Montana; Former Chair, Senate Finance Committee Ibukun Awosika Nigeria First President, First Bank of Nigeria; Founder of The Chair Center group; Chair, Nigerian Advisory Board for Impact Investing and Convention on Business Integrity; Member of the G7 International Task Force for Impact Investing; Author of several books HyungRin Bang Korea Advisor to the Presidential Committee of C orea; Public Relations/Communications Advisor for Yoon Seuk-Yul's 2022 Presidential Campaign; Former CEO of SoftForum Inc.; former CEO of Hyundai; former CEO of Samsung; Bruno Bezard France, managing partner of Cathay Capital; former Vice Minister of Finance; former economic adviser to the French Prime Minister; former French Treasury Director Leslie Maasdorp South Africa Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the New Development Bank; former CEO and President of Southern Africa at Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Former Vice President of Barclays Capital; Former international advisor to Goldman Sachs.
Henrique de Campos Meirelles Brazil Former Minister of Economy, Former President of the Central Bank of Brazil, Former Chairman of the Board of Directors of J&F, Former Member of the Board of Directors of Azul Brazilian Airlines, Former President of Bank Boston; Former President of Global Banking, Fleetboston Financial; Former Board Member, Raytheon Corporation, Bestfoods, and Champion International.
Former Board Member of Lloyd's of London; Former President of Lazard Americas.
Adalberto Palma Mexico Honorary Member of the Board of The Aspen Institute Mexico; Former Senior Advisor to the Chief of Staff of the President of Mexico; Director of Business Development at BEworksMX Consulting; Former president of the CNBV; Founding President of the Center for Excellence in Corporate Governance.
Independent Director of the Institute for the Protection of Savings; President of Bankers Trust Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela; General Director of Citibank Mexico.
David Plouffe US Business, nonprofit, and political strategist; Author, Member of Several Boards of Directors; Former Campaign Manager Senior White House Advisor to President Obama Christin Schäfer Germany Founder and CEO of acs plus; Former Group Risk Operations Director, Erste Group Bank; Former Global Head of Quantitative Solutions, Deutsche Bank, Member of the Data Ethics Commission, German Federal Government Lord Vaizey United Kingdom Member of the House of Lords; Former Minister and Member of Parliament David Wright President of Europe, EUROFI; Former Secretary General, IOSCO, Former European Commission; Dep DG Financial Markets, European Commission GAB Quotes: Max Baucus: “Of all the technologies with the potential to create positive disruption, the world of cryptocurrencies, blockchain and Web3 is among the most exciting and promising.
That is why it is with great pleasure that I participate in the creation of the Binance Global Advisory Council and bring the group's unrivaled collective experience in solving complex problems with a socially positive outcome."
Lord Ed Vaizey: "Blockchain and Web3 technologies promise to be critical for the future of the Internet and the financial system in general.
The next few years will be vital in setting the tone for the future of this nascent industry around the world.
Helping the Binance Global Advisory Board chart a path through these challenges is a privilege and I look forward to working more closely with the impressive group that Binance has assembled.” David Wright: "Cryptocurrencies are increasingly challenging traditional finance.
As they grow and the regulatory landscape evolves, GAB will advise Binance on how to define and shape the optimal global and regional development of future financial services, traditional and enabled."
for blockchain, and I look forward to working with distinguished colleagues from GAB on these complex challenges.” Bruno Bézard: “The cryptocurrency industry is at a crossroads as regulation begins to solidify globally.
Binance has assembled a group that is as global as the industry it represents, bringing together some of the world's leading experts in the financial and political worlds.
It is an honor to be invited to join them.” Christin Schäfer: "With Web3 and the underlying blockchain technologies, profoundly new ways of interacting with the internet and handling data are emerging.
The Global Advisory Council that Binance has created brings together experts who can help guide the company and the industry in through managing the risks and challenges ahead.” Ibukun Awosika (Nigeria): “The transparency and accountability with which Binance seeks to serve its clients is impressive.
As a company of the future, Binance must continue to evolve, build and find solutions in real time.
I am proud to play a role as a member of their global advisory board and be a part of truly transforming the web3 economy.” Leslie Maasdorp (South Africa): "The blockchain and cryptocurrency industry can act as a true catalyst for growth and economic opportunity.
For cities that are willing to partner with companies like Binance to create progressive regulations and an environment Web3 cash, "I hope you allow a number of investments in the space.
I look forward to working with a number of experts as part of Binance's Global Advisory Council to collaborate."
Henrique de Campos Meirelles (Brazil): "Blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies are going to set the tone for financial services of the future, with great benefits for economies, financial inclusion and the quality of service that people around the world have access to.
Binance's Global Advisory Council, made up of leading experts in many areas, will play a significant role in helping this nascent and growing industry establish itself as regulations evolve around the world, as we work to build a safe ecosystem.
and sustainable for all.
Adalberto Palma Gómez (Mexico): “Cryptocurrencies and the entire blockchain ecosystem will increasingly impact people's lives and benefit society with more democratic and accessible services for all.
As the market grows and adoption scales, Binance's Global Advisory Council will help not only the platform but the entire industry evolve so that its future is sustainable and secure for societies.
It is a privilege to work with this group and to be a part of this transformative moment."
HyungRin Bang (Korea): "With the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry entering new phases globally, it is inspiring to be a part of Binance's Global Advisory Board.
, where esteemed experts from different fields come together to discuss the sustainability of the industry.
As a champion of information and technology, Korea has substantially grown its domestic cryptocurrency and blockchain industry.
I want to add value to the GAB with the insights I've learned from witnessing the growth of technology throughout my career."
The Vice Minister of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr. Alvin Botes, has accepted the invitation of the Vice Minister for Africa of Venezuela, Mr. Yuri Alexandre Pimentel Moura, to make an official visit to Caracas, Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, on the 15th of September.
Diplomatic relations between South Africa and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela were established in 1993 and Venezuela opened its Embassy in Pretoria in 1995.
South Africa opened its Embassy in Caracas in January 1998.
In July 2007, a Memorandum of Understanding on Bilateral consultations.
held between South Africa and Venezuela.
In 2008, a Cooperation Framework Agreement was signed, paving the way for cooperation in the areas of energy, mining, agriculture, and social and cultural activities.
The two countries agreed to establish a Joint Bilateral Commission (JBC) to monitor the implementation of the Cooperation Framework Agreement and identify new areas of cooperation.
The objective of the visit of Vice Minister Botes is to prepare the visit of President Maduro to South Africa and to take stock of the advances in bilateral relations since the Meeting of Technical Experts SA – Venezuela that took place in South Africa in 2019.
The Technical Expert The meeting included discussions between the Venezuelan Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, the Venezuelan state oil and natural gas company (PDVSA); the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Ministry of Foreign Trade and International Investments; Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and Ministry of Popular Power for Productive Agriculture and Lands of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela; the Department of Mineral Resources and the Ministry of Exploration and Ecomineral Investment.
Significant opportunities exist for mutually beneficial economic, trade, and technical cooperation relations with Venezuela in various areas, such as agribusiness, blue economy, energy, mining, and pharmaceuticals.
Nearly 500 dignitaries from around the world are set to descend on London to pay their last respects to the long-reigning monarch alongside members of the Royal family in one of the largest diplomatic moments of the century.
They will join members of the Royal family, UK prime ministers past and present, and key figures from public life at Westminster Abbey – the historic church that can hold around 2,000 people – at 11am next Monday.
“This is the biggest international event we have hosted in decades,” a Whitehall source said.
The source compared the logistical task to organising “hundreds of state visits” within a matter of days.
Normally, there might only be two or three a year.
It presents a huge logistical, diplomatic and security challenge, with practice runs taking place in the dead of night.
Invitations were sent over the weekend to the heads of state of nations with which the UK has diplomatic relations.
For most countries, that means the head of state plus one guest.
So, who can we expect to see attend Her Majesty’s funeral on Monday, September 19?
The late Queen’s four children – King Charles III, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward – will be present at the funeral, as well as their respective spouses: Camilla, the Queen Consort; Sophie, Countess of Wessex and Sir Tim Laurence.
The Duke of York’s ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson, is also expected to attend.
The late Queen’s grandchildren will also be in attendance at the service – Prince William, Price Harry, Peter Phillips, Zara Tindall, Princess Beatrice, Princess Eugenie, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn.
Spouses of close family, including Catherine, the Princess of Wales and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex will pay their respects too.
Other Royals expected to attend the funeral ceremony include Queen Elizabeth II’s cousins: the Duke of Kent, Prince and Princess Michael of Kent, Princess Alexandra and Prince Richard, Duke of Gloucester.
Monarchs from across the world will also fly into London to pay their respects.
Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia have been confirmed as guests, while former king and queen Juan Carlos and Sofía have been invited.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands, King Harald V and Queen Sonja of Norway and Prince Albert II and Princess Charlene of Monaco have all confirmed their attendances.
Other members from Europe’s royal families will also be in attendance, including Sweden, Denmark, Belgium and Greece.
Her Majesty met with countless world leaders during her 70-year reign and many of these politicians are expected to attend her state funeral.
The recently appointed prime minister, Liz Truss, will attend, as well as the Labour party leader, Sir Keir Starmer.
Both the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, and the Irish premier, Michael Martin, have also confirmed they will be travelling to London for the service.
President Joe Biden has said he will be present, with his wife, First Lady Jill Biden.
The former U.
S. presidents Donald Trump and Barack Obama will also not be attending, the White House confirmed on Monday.
European leaders who will be in attendance include the French president Emmanuel Macron, the German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Italian president Sergio Mattarella and Finland’s Sauli Niinisto – the latter as per his presidential statement.
The European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, and European Council President, Charles Michel, will also attend.
Other world leaders who are also expected to be present are New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern, as well as her Australian and Canadian counterparts Anthony Albanese and Justin Trudeau.
Australia’s Governor-General David Hurley will also be joining, as will Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro.
Yoon Suk-Yeol’s office confirmed the South Korean president’s attendance.
A representative of North Korea will be allowed to attend the funeral.
Britain and North Korea established diplomatic relations in 2000 after 60 years without embassies.
However, Kim Jong Un, the country’s leader, rarely travels abroad and is unlikely to attend.
The Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako will travel to Britain to attend.
Traditionally, a Japanese emperor stays away from funerals whether at home or abroad because of a cultural belief based in the Shinto religion that considers death impure.
The decision for Naruhito to attend the Queen’s funeral underscores the importance and the deep bond between the royal families.
HH Amir Tamim bin Hamad al Thani, Emir of Qatar, will also be attending the funeral, according to a source familiar with the Qatari leadership.
Israel’s president will be present, however the prime minister will not attend.
Although Iran’s Supreme Leader will not be attending, the BBC’s James Lansdale confirmed that the country would be represented at an ambassadorial level.
Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said he will attend “if the schedule allows”.
Four leaders of Pacific Commonwealth nations will join the Australian Prime Minister at the Queen’s funeral.
Anthony Albanese told a press conference shortly before midday local time on Wednesday that the leaders of the Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Samoa and Papua New Guinea have accepted Australia’s offer of help with transportation to London.
The delegation, which is due to leave on Thursday evening, will also include governor-general David Hurley as well as 10 Australian citizens “who have made extraordinary contributions to their communities”.
Her Majesty relied on many close staff, such as her ladies-in-waiting and footmen, who will most likely also be in attendance to pay their respects to the late Queen.
All holders of the Victoria Cross or George Cross will be able to attend the Queen’s funeral, the PA news agency understands.
Invitations to the Queen’s funeral have not been sent to Russia, Belarus and Myanmar.
Russia has not been invited because of Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, diplomatic sources said.
According to Dmitry Peskov, although “Russians respected her for her wisdom”, Putin’s attendance at the late Queen’s funeral “is not being considered”.
Venezuela and Syria are not invited because Britain does not have full diplomatic relations with them, The Telegraph understands.
No representatives from Afghanistan will be invited because of the current political situation there.
The seating plan will be determined after the RSVP deadline on Thursday.
The price of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) basket of 13 crude oil samples stood at 101.04 dollars per barrel as at Wednesday.
This is compared with 106.41 dollars per barrel recorded on Tuesday, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria , Abuja as released by OPEC on Thursday.
The OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes (ORB) comprises Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Djeno (Congo), Zafiro (Equatorial Guinea), Rabi Light (Gabon) and Iran Heavy (Islamic Republic of Iran).
Others are Basrah Medium (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela).
The price of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) basket of 13 crude oil samples stood at 104.85 U.
S dollars per barrel as at Monday, Aug. 29. This is compared with 103.89 U.
S. dollars per barrel of the previous Friday, according to OPEC Secretariat calculations obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria , Abuja as released by OPEC on Tuesday.
The OPEC Reference Basket of Crudes (ORB) is made up of the Saharan Blend (Algeria), Girassol (Angola), Djeno (Congo), Zafiro (Equatorial Guinea), Rabi Light (Gabon), Iran Heavy and (Islamic Republic of Iran).
Others are: Basrah Medium (Iraq), Kuwait Export (Kuwait), Es Sider (Libya), Bonny Light (Nigeria), Arab Light (Saudi Arabia), Murban (UAE) and Merey (Venezuela).
Mr Li Xuda, Cultural Counselor of the China Cultural Centre, Abuja says China will open its market to Nigeria for the West African country to export its art and crafts in the nearest future.
Li made the announcement while speaking to the diplomatic correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the 15th International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) in Abuja on Sunday.
NAN reports that the 2022 INAC Expo, organised by the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has the theme “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”.
Li said that China was willing to support Nigeria in showcasing its rich culture, arts and crafts to the world and to build stronger relationship between Nigeria and China.
“From today so many things impressed me.
I see the beautiful dance, the drums; the music; the arts and crafts.
‘I see that China in the future will open its market to Nigeria so that Nigerian arts and crafts will be exported to China and to invite your dancers to perform in China.
“You know, China and Nigeria have similar cultural activities as well as traditional cultural exchanges.
“We have also hosted cultural activities like cultural week, drawing competition to learn about our two countries, to showcase their talents and at the same time we will support Nigeria cultural events.
“We will build our friendship and let the people of both countries know each other so that our relationship will be better and stronger,” Li said.
The diplomatic community and some ambassadors at the event also commended the Director-General of the NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, for organising the expo, which they described as a unifying factor.
The Ambassador of Venezuela to Nigeria, Mr David Caraballo, said that Venezuela and Nigeria had similar culture and food and that staging the expo would strengthen cultural ties between both countries.
“It is our fourth year, participating in this important international activity, organised by the National Council for Arts and Culture of Nigeria.
“Venezuela and Nigeria have strong roots of similar culture, food, history, music and dance and this opportunity every year is important, especially after the pandemic and after COVID-19 restrictions.
“In this expo, we present different products of Venezuela, the exportable products, like food products and services as well as products like chocolates and foods for daily use.
“We are preparing to attend the upcoming Abuja International Trade Fair in October,” Caraballo added.
Mr Wendel De Landro, Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago to Nigeria, pledged his support to Runsewe in promoting the annual event, which he said had been a means of unifying countries and cultures in Nigeria.
“One of my goals here is supporting schools in Nigeria.
So we are bringing back from the diaspora back to Africa, what we got from Africans coming across with the drums.
“Culture is universal, see what happened when they say come and dance, you see everybody dancing.
“Music, whether they do not understand what they are saying, you see everybody dancing and this is what Otunba is doing by not only bringing unity in Nigeria of different cultures but from other countries.
“We hope it is going to continue and definitely every year, I am going to support him,” De Landro said.
NAN reports that 25 countries and eight states in the federation participated in the expo.
Ogun, known as the ‘gateway state’ has emerged as the best exhibitors at the just-concluded International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC).
This was announced during the closing ceremony of the expo held in Abuja on Saturday, with the theme “Networking Nigerian Crafts to the World”.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Ogun has maintained the first position in two consecutive years, in 2021 and now 2022.The state was also rated the best in pavilion design, products design in textiles and fashion; metal and brass works and the most enterprising exhibitor.
Lagos state got the second position while Katsina, Bauchi and the Federal Capital Territory got the third position.
Mr Olusegun Olaotan, Permanent Secretary, Ogun Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture expressed excitement over the victory.
Olaotan said that the state would be working harder to maintain the position in subsequent years.
” Today is the happiest day of my life, it is something that we dreamt of, our governor gave us a mandate to emerge clinch position like last year.
“We worked for it, we were expecting it and it has come, we are very happy as a people, government and citizens of Nigeria.
” This shows that the government of Ogun is making meaningful impact in arts and craft development, not only locally, but internationally,” he said.
Indian pavilionNAN reports that China, Burkina Faso and Katsina state got the best merchandising pavilion awards.
The best product design awards in textile and fashion went to India, Mali, Ogun and Lagos states, while Ogun, Anambra and Kogi got the best in metal works.
Venezuela, Akwa Ibom and Lagos states won the best product design in wood works and Bauchi state got the best in calabash design.
The best product design in pottery and ceramics awards went to Iran, Bulgaria and the Federal Capital Territory, while Bauchi and Akwa Ibom won the best in raffia works.
Malaysia, Cuba as well as Trinidad and Tobago got the best product design in gastronomy.
For the best product design in ornaments, beads and jewelry designs, Sudan, Republic of Benin and Lagos emerged winners.
Handmade Genius Limited won the best exhibiting non-governmental organisation.
For the best product design awards in new innovation, waste to wealth, Lebanon and South Korea emerged winners, while China, Federal Capital Territory and Lubcon Limited won most attractive packaging.
Tanzania, Spain and Syria won best exhibitors in e-marketing and for the best exhibitors in networking strategy, Philippines, Bangladesh and Lubcon limited won.