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Yega to headline INAC 2019 expo


All is now set for the 2019 edition of the yearly International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC). Slated for November 20 to 24, 2019, in Abuja, The Guardian gathered that this year’s event would break new grounds with a record 30 countries participating in the exhibition, which is an upgrade from the 23 counties that exhibited last year.

While the venue for the event remains the FCT exhibition pavilion, the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Segun Runsewe is upbeat that everything is now in place to stage another showpiece thereby confirming INAC as Nigeria’s number one global exposition.

INAC 2019 will feature countries from virtually every continent of the world in what has become a tradition since Runsewe expanded the expo from African Art and Crafts Expo (AFAC) in 2017 to a global affair.

Runsewe disclosed that this year’s INAC aligns with National Council for Arts and Culture’ Corporate Social Responsibility and will feature components like free skill acquisition, free medical services, waste to wealth initiative, investment forum and many other aspects aimed at empowering Nigerians.

The council chief expressed satisfaction at the massive mobilisation of equipment to the venue including world class pavilions, a media/ICT centre, mobile toilets, state-of-the-art stage by renowned event management outfit, “I Am” and emergency vehicles all of which will be on ground throughout the duration of the Expo.

The DG assured exhibitors, participants, guests, visitors, foreign nationals and all Nigerians of maximum security following the engagement of the Nigeria Police to provide security.

According to the NCAC chief who is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring a successful outing, this year’s INAC has been carefully packaged to empower Nigerians by providing free skills for small and medium startups.

He confirmed that renowned event management outfit, Innate Arts and Media (IAm) will take control of logistics just as he revealed that fast rising Urban Afro musician, Yega, has also been booked to perform at the closing on November 24.

Out of 30 countries from around the world that are billed to exhibit during the event, four have expressed commitment to take special days to thrill guests and participants.

China will take centre stage on the 21st to showcase its oriental endowments as a unique cultural destination of sorts. On 22nd, India will be on hand to entertain guests with breathtaking music and dance routines, in a fantastic showing reminiscent of Bollywood. Venezuela and Bangladesh will combine on the 23rd for a double dose of excitement in what has become a much-anticipated aspect of INAC since Runsewe expanded the Expo to a fanfare of global repute in 2017.

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