DIPLOMATIC COMMUNITY COMMENDS RUNSEWE FOR REBRANDING NIGERIAN CULTURE

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The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Segun Runsewe with the Doyen of the diplomatic community, His Excellency Salahedine Abass who is also the Cameroonian Ambassador to Nigeria at the presentation of Nigerian ultra modern Arts and Craft village to the diplomatic community in Abuja

By Innocent Orok

The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe has been commended for rebranding the Arts and Culture sector to contribute meaningfully to the socio- political and economic development of the nation.

The High Commissioner of Cameroon to Nigeria and the Doyen of the Diplomatic Community in Abuja, His Excellency Salaheddine Abbas Ibrahim made this remark when members of the Diplomatic community were hosted to a dinner during a tour of facilities at the Arts and Crafts Village in Abuja.

The Doyen was full of commendations for the National Council for Arts and Culture under the dynamic leadership of Otunba Segun Runsewe, adding that the passion, drive, records and achievements of Runsewe in the Arts and Culture is evidently unrivalled. This, according to him is evident in the support and confidence the diplomatic community has reposed on him.

The Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe in a group photograph with the and the members of the diplomatic community, at the presentation of the Ultra modern Arts and Craft village in Abuja recently.

He said the Runsewe remains a blessing to the sector and urged the Council to open up vistas of collaborations where the Diplomatic community can tap in to showcase their cultural strengths.

In his welcome address, Otunba Segun Runsewe, announced that his vision is to present Nigerians with the best cultural market in Africa with its launch of a new marketing strategy which includes a toll gate, a night cultural market, a pharmacy offering free blood sugar tests to visitors of the market, and a birthday shop.

He said, “The Cultural Night Market is the first of its kind in Africa. Between six and nine months of operating the village, we will dovetail into a night market. Everywhere in the world you cannot start a night market without practicing the market during the day before delving into the night market.

“You have to operate during the day first, get people acquainted with the idea so that everybody can be used to it before extending it into the night shift. It is intended that when the market is fully operational, one can leave the office at 5pm to the cultural village to shop and feel safe and comfortable when he is there,” Runsewe said.

He added that he hopes that the diplomatic community will have unhindered access to the cultural market

Otunba Runsewe also stated that the Council in partnership with a World Standard Pharmacy will host a pharmaceutical space with free medical tests including blood sugar tests for visitors to the space.

Other proposed facilities in the cultural hub include an information/complaint centre-to enhance quality products and services; and a quarterly media interaction session on developments within the village.

There were goodwill messages from ambassadors of various countries including the United States, China, Bulgaria, Mexico, Jamaica, Spain, Cameroon, Cuba, and others who attended the event.

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