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The role of culture in national development has been reiterated. Speaking recently at an event to usher in Nigeria Cultural Festival holding in Denmark, Olugbenga Ogunniyi, chairman and executive officer of Senior Boyz Production, highlighted the importance of culture in promoting national and global integration and harmony.

The festival, which holds from September 27 to 28 in Copenhagen, Denmark, is organised by Senior Boyz Production in partnership with Africa Chamber of Commerce in Scandinavia, and in collaboration with Afrowood Media.

Ogunniyi emphasised the need for Nigerians to showcase their culture to the world, as that would bring a platform for economic partnership and collaboration between the country’s investors and their foreign counterparts.

“Culture plays an important role in promoting national and global integration and harmony, which are key ingredients for international stability and peace.

“It binds people and races together irrespective of their differences. Hence, the major idea behind the organisation of the cultural festival is to showcase the uniqueness and richness of the cultural heritage and values of the various ethnic groups in Nigeria so as to give the outside world and Nigerians in Diaspora a good and promising perspective about the country,” he said.

While lamenting government’s insensitivity to art sector development in Nigeria, Ogunniyi canvassed the establishment of art and culture offices in local councils for grassroots accessibility.

At the conference, the three major ethnic groups in Nigeria were represented by their traditional rulers in Lagos.The Alawo Awowo of Owu Kingdom, Abeokuta, represented by Oba Abudulrafal Olakosimijare said there was need for cultural awakening in the country and that government has a greater responsibility to ensure that culture is preserved. He urged the Minister of Information, Arts and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to take up the responsibility of preserving Nigeria’s cultures for the next generation.

Another speaker, Alhaji Ameh Aruna, said the festival is to let the world know that Nigeria has a rich culture, which investors should take advantage of in their search for a good mix of culture and tourism.


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