By Innocent Orok
The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe has been described as a detribalised Nigerian who preaches unity for all regions while remaining a constant phenomenon in Nigeria’s culture and tourism sectors by virtue, foresight and dint of hardwork.
The Ata – Mmanya of Ossamala ancient kingdom, Ogbaru Local Government Area of Anambra State, His Royal Highness, Eze Victor Awogu made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to Otunba Segun Runsewe at the Nigeria Culture House.
In a nostalgic laden voice, the Royal Father revealed that Runsewe has over the years proved himself to be a culture icon, administrator and enthusiast who has deepened understanding and cultural consciousness at his different levels of engagements.
He added that no one has doubted his genius in transformational administration which is why successive governments have over the years engaged his services to harness our cultural potentials and deepen the business side of culture, especially tourism.
His Royal Highness maintained that Runsewe has laid a formidable foundation which is the bedrock for his success. Eze Awogu said he was proud to associate with Runsewe; a giant in the development of Nigerian Culture. He prayed God to grant the Director General more wisdom and grace to succeed.
In his response, the Director General of the National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe said he was highly elated to receive the high powered delegation led by HRH Eze Victor Awogu in his office. He noted that as the primary custodians of culture and tradition, the traditional rulers play a vital role in maintaining peace in their various communities.
He said the traditional institution is the closest to the grassroots which makes it possible for the rulers to easily detect violence and prevent it’s escalation in their domains.
Runsewe said as primary custodians of our various traditions and culture, the traditional rulers will make our traditional institutions a veritable springboard for cultural reorientation for our teeming youths who have gone under the wild influence of westernisation.
Runsewe presented gifts to His Royal Highness to express his gratitude for the visit.