UNESCO launches global report reshaping cultural policies

The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, and the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Sweden to UNESCO, Annika Markovic, representing the Swedish Minister for Culture and Democracy, Alice Bah Kuhnke, last Thursday, launched UNESCO’s new 2018 ‘Global Report, Re|Shaping Cultural Policies’. This report, “published with the support of the Swedish Government, monitors how countries around the world are designing policies pursuant to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). “Diversity remains a battle, in 2018 as in 2005.  Culture is not a commodity:…

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Organisers unfold 2017 Mbaise Cultural Carnival events

With less than two months to the staging of this year’s edition of the 2017 Mbaise Cultural Carninal, organisers of the yearly cultural fiesta have announced the programme of event with the grand finale billed for December 30. According to the Founder of Offthehook Foundation For Rural Dwellers, Her Royal Highness, Ugoeze Nwamara- Ogbonna Chigbo, and the brain behind the carnival, the event is geared at the preservation and promotion of the cultural heritage of the people. ‘‘It is borne out of our desire to promote and preserve our rich…

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Umahi promises more dividend of democracy for Edda people

Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State has promised the people of Edda in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the stateof more dividends of democracy even as he said that the people will not be left behind in his developmental strides. The governor while speaking on Easter Sunday at the country home of his friend and chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Julius Amah Orji at Nguzu Edda, said the people were dear to his heart. He said it was the special love he has for his friend in…

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Nigeria is not ripe for Diaspora, electronic voting -Rep Garba

Hon. Abubakar Kannaike Garba represents Ilorin East/Ilorin South Federal Constituency of Kwara State and is the Deputy Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Works. In this interview with PHILIP NYAM, he speaks on a wide range of issues including the delay in the passage of budget, the problem associated with credit facilities for farmers and SME’s and the use of card reader and electronic voting system in the country   The issue of late passage of the budget has remained an albatross in the country and the 2017…

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FG, Agro dealers bicker over N66bn debt

We ‘ve paid N20bn – Govt We’ve not received a kobo-Dealers There is confusion over the alleged N66 billion debt the Federal Government is reportedly owing the agro dealers and suppliers that participated in the Growth Enhancement Scheme (GES). The Ministry of Agriculture has said that it has paid over N20 billion of the debt to the agro dealers and suppliers that participated in the scheme. Speaking with Sunday Telegraph in a telephone interview, the Director of Agribusiness, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Engineer Ohiari Badmus Jatto, said that…

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My heart bleeds for Haiti

Haiti should be the pride of the black world. The first black republic that came out of a slave revolt is, however, not in the news for anything that inspires pride. If they are not in the news for the level of corruption amongst the ruling elite, then they are in the news for being the poorest country in the world or for a devastating earthquake that occurred in the country in 2010 and decimated the population. Even Haitians are tired of being in the news for all the wrong…

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Ooni’s wife calls for peace, unity

Wife of the Ooni of Ife, Olori Wuraola Zainab Ogunwusi, has expressed her absolute belief in the peace and unity of Yoruba land and the entire nation of Nigeria. She made the call recently during her visit to the Internal Displaced Persons (IDP) Camp in the Sabo area of Ile-Ife in Osun State. The Ooni’s wife also condoled with members of the Hausa community who lost their loved ones and properties during the recent clash between the Yoruba and Hausa in Ile-Ife. Speaking during the visit, Ogunwusi, who lauded the…

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KIDNAPPING: ‘Big business’ that took over from armed robbery

Kidnapping began some years back with the agitation in the Niger Delta region for resource control. Overtime it assumed an alarming dimension with schools becoming targets and pupils taken away for ransom. In this report, ISIOMA MADIKE, looks at this disturbing menace that has seen many Nigerians lose millions to abductors   Ikorodu, the aquatic neighbourhood in the ‘centre of excellence’, has been in the news lately, though for the wrong reasons. It is gradually but steadily becoming kidnappers’ den. But, before this new dimension to criminality, armed robbers had…

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Oloyotunji of African Village on tour of Nigeria

The Oloyotunji of Oyotunji African Village, Sheldon, South Carolina, USA, Oba Egunjobi Adefunmi II, is on tour of Nigeria to drum up support for the forthcoming Oyotunji Cultural Fiesta slated for later in the year in Sheldon, South Carolina, with no fewer than 150,000 Nigerians expected to attend the cultural festival. The cultural fiesta is an annual event that will attract millions of guests from all over the world – Nigeria, United States of America, Africa region and South American continent. It is dedicated to exposing African culture and creating…

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