Ekiti state government has promised to continue in it’s strive to make the interest of Art and culture premier priorities in the state.

This is coming just as the State Council of Art and Culture has set the necessary machinery in motion for a successful festival of art and culture in December. It was against this background that the state Council of Art and Culture organised the first Ekiti state Art and Culture Stakeholders Forum with the theme: Art and culture for economic prosperity. Speaking during the recent stakeholders forum in Ado Ekiti, the state Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi noted that his administration believes in Arts and Culture as a viable tool for socio-economic revival of the…

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Iri Ji Mbaise Will Boost Imo’s Economy, Serves As Bond For The Mbaise Nation –Gov. Ihedioha.

The Governor of Imo State, Rt Hon Emeka Ihedioha, says cultural heritage of any nation is a key factor that unites the people and guarantees progress. Governor Emeka Ihedioha, described the 2019 Iri Ji Mbaise (New Yam) festival as one that must be sustained, not only in Mbaise nation but other parts of the state. He noted that the wide acceptability and intimidating audience the Iri Ji Mbaise festival witnessed could be leveraged on for socio-economic gains for the state.  Ihedioha disclosed this at the 2019 Iriji Mbaise (New Yam)…

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AYODEJI OMOBOYE WON THE 2018 ONE LAGOS FIESTA, RECEIVES CAR PRIZE.

Lagos State Government has presented a brand new Car to the winner of the star prize in 2018 One Lagos Fiesta (OLF) raffle draw, Ayodeji Omoboye, a resident of Igbogbo in Ikorodu at a brief ceremony at the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture in Alausa Ikeja.  L-R  Mrs. Abosede Adelaja, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Aramide Giwanson, the Special Adviser, Arts and Culture, Mr. Ayodeji Omoboye, winner of OLF 2018 Raffle Car, Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Gbenga Adesanya, Orenuga…

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Lagos State’s Biggest Fiesta is Back with a Twist Promise to Be Bigger

Lagos State Government is set to put more smiles on the faces of residents of the State. During the 2018 edition of the annual One Lagos Fiesta  and this time, will be bigger, as the other years, the entertainment hub of Africa witnessed various invigorating performances by Nigeria’s biggest music exports such as Davido, Wizkid, Olamide, and many other artistes. But this year, Lagos State’s biggest fiesta is back with a twist, which offers a raffle draw game as the winner will get to walk away with brand new car by…

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2018 Iriji Mbaise Fiesta Celebrated Under Political siege

There is tension in Mbaise nation, a clan of people that make up three of the 27 Local Governments in Imo State. Politically, they constitute the largest voting population in the State and known to have notable political leaders and those who have excelled in various fields of human endeavor. The annual New Yam festival (Iri Ji) is a well known cultural norm of the people and this year’s event is generating so much controversy as reports reaching Waka About Africa indicate that a planned chieftaincy title by all the…

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Wike, Runsewe say Culture Remain Nigeria’s Biggest Asset to Enthrone Sustainable Peace, Unity

The Executive Governor of Rivers state, Chief Nyesom Wike and the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) have agreed that culture remains Nigeria’s biggest asset in enthroning sustainable peace and unity among all Nigerians irrespective of ethnic, religious or political divides. Wike and Runsewe highlighted this position during their respective remarks at the closing ceremony of the 31st edition of the National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) held in Port Harcourt. At the cultural fiesta, Rivers State emerged first overall while Bayelsa and Ondo came 2nd and…

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Akwaaba is the highest market for tourism in the country says- Sally Mbanefo

Commissioner for Tourism and Diaspora, Sally Mbanefo is upbeat that the activities of her Ministry have been highly acknowledged by our people in the diaspora which has given the State government the needed impetus to provide more infrastructural developments to encourage the all-important Ministry. Needless to say that the Ministry has been receiving lots of positive responses and we are working even hard to sustain and surpass expectations. According to her, it is instructive to note that Anambra State been at Akwaaba Fourteenth edition 2018 and we have done to…

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Carnival Calabar, A Yearly Reverend Show Piece Onah Paints Vivid Picture

Chairman of Carnival Calabar, Mr. Gabe Onah has been speaking on the profitability of the famous carnival and believes that time is near when it will become huge internal revenue earner for the state. Onah spoke with Waka About Africa that the state is still talking about the GDP of Carnival Calabar and more innovative ways of harnessing effectively all the potentials that would make it number destination every year, he further narrated to WAKA ABOUT AFRICA. According to him, If I tell you the GDP you cannot calibrate it…

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FTAN CALLS FOR NATIONAL POLICY ON CULTURAL TOURISM

The Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) held her 2018 Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE), at Sheraton Hotel Abuja, It is held annually since 2013. The President of the Federation, Alhaji Saleh Rabo, called on both the Federal and State Governments to come up with a national policy on Cultural Tourism to make Nigeria a leading African tourist destination. Rabo said this in his welcome address at the event, “FTAN calls on the federal government, through the Ministry of Information and Culture, to come up with a Nigeria…

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Ezeji Dr. Titus Ihuoma the president of Ndi Ezeji Mbaise spoke to Waka About Africa team at the recent iriji Mabise 2015. A yam festival which is been celebrated by sons and daughter of Mbaise Nation on the 15th of August yearly. According to Dr. Ihuoma the ritual they are performing ‘’Iwaji” marks the climax of the festivalof the first crop . “ It marks the consummation of the thanksgiven sacrifice we are offering to God our creator and provider”.

The president position of Ezeji Mbaise is it hereditary or by election?  Ezeji Mbaise is made up of all the communities in Mbaise, all the autonomous communities. Each autonomous community has an Ezeji association. Their leaderis called their chairman. Though ndi Ezeji Mbaise has a meeting point where they organize the affairs of the Ezeji’s in Mbaise. The office of ndi ezeji is at Eke-Nguru  in Aboh Mbaise LGA. The three local governments that made up of Mbaiseare united in attending and holding their meeting monthly, talking of their policy…

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