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National museum’s arts, culture expo ends in style

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The maiden arts and culture expo organised by National Commission for Museums and Monuments (NCMM), in collaboration with Active Projectile Ltd., headed by Adesola Oyinloye-Ndu, has ended.

The Public Private Partnership initiative, which aimed at protecting and projecting the country’s heritage, held from December 10, 2018, to January 4, 2019, in 15 museums across the country.

With, Our Cultural World, Our Heritage as theme, it was declared open in Esie Museum by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was represented by Ruby Onenyi-David.

The Ag. Director-General of NCMM, Abdulkereem Kadiri, launched the expo in Abuja while in other participating museums; the commissioners or representatives of Kadiri declared the event open.

According to Oyinloye-Ndu, the aim of the event across Nigeria is to set the tempo for tourism for Nigerians whilst projecting the country’s culture and heritage to international tourists and even to Nigerians who might not be aware of said resources.

“This maiden edition is a pilot of what should be expected yearly in various museums from now on.

We intend to sustain this initiative as much as possible and make it not just something to look forward to every year but a culture, a way of life.
 
“Some of the events that held include, exhibitions and sales of various arts and crafts goods, free medical vital sign checks for exhibitors, tourists and clients; a Father Christmas grotto and improved children play areas.”

Lamenting the state of arts in Nigeria, she remarked that most museums have been abandoned, hardly getting visitors, but with this initiative, most of the venues where the expo held recorded increased patronage than they normally did at festive periods.

“The Esie Museum, in particular, enjoyed patronage of families who visited the new and upgraded facilities. A journey of a thousand miles begins with a step and we have taken the step, and so, we believe that in 2019, the museums’ arts and culture expo will be bigger and better,” she said.


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