By Innocent Orok

Plans have reached an advanced stage for the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and the Republic of Turkey to roll out several cultural programmes geared towards the socio- cultural and economic development of both countries.

This move is chiefly for enhancing cultural activities within Nigeria and the Republic of Turkey to make their citizens more cultured and improve the quality of their lives while opening up new social and economic horizons for networking works of arts and various crafts between the two countries.

This was revealed at the Nigeria Culture House when the Director General of NCAC , Otunba Segun Runsewe received in audience the Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, His Excellency, Hidayet Bayraktar who paid him a visit in his office.

The Ambassador who was accompanied by Director of the Turkish Yunus Emre (YETKM) Institute in Nigeria Musa Erbas said he was delighted to be hosted at the Nigeria Culture House. He congratulated the Director General for for the various achievements recorded during his stewardship at NCAC as the man who networks Nigerian arts and Culture to the world.

Ambassador Bayraktar stated that part of his mission was to introduce the Director of the Turkish Yunus Emre (YETKM) Institute in Nigeria Musa Erbas to the Council and to seek positive ways of collaboration between the NCAC and the Republic of Turkey where sundry cultural Programmes could be developed and marketed in year 2024.

The envoy revealed that the embassy ,through the YETKM institute has lots of cultural Programmes lined up for execution on the 2024 calendar including youths cultural exchange Programmes in Arts and paintings. He added that games like acherey being an important sporting activity within the Turkish community will be developed and competed for among secondary school pupils in Nigeria.

He reiterated that the 2024 UN International Day for the elimination off racial discrimination on March 31, and the World Women’s day will be utilized by the Tirkish embassy to showcase her rich cultural heritage. He therefore solicited the strong collaboration of NCAC to provide the enabling environment and the cultural expertise to bring this lofty cultural ideas to fruition.

In his response, the Director General National Council for Arts and Culture Otunba Segun Runsewe thanked the Turkish delegation for the visit which according to him has opened new vistas for cultural development between the NCAC and the Republic of Turkey.

Runsewe expressed the readiness of the National Council for Arts and Culture to collaborate with the Republic of Turkey in various area of cultural development as it will provide a veritable platform to deepen the concepts of cultural investment among members of society which will enhance economic growth for sustainable development.

Runsewe who is also the president of the World Crafts Council for African Region pledged Council’s commitment to provide proper collaboration and branding for all the cultural programmes that will be showcased by the NCAC and the Republic of Turkey.


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