The People’s Republic of China, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and about 42 other countries have hailed Nigerian culture, arts and crafts as a significant expression of the creativity and uniqueness of the Nigerian people.
The envoys from these countries graced the 15th International Arts and Crafts Exhibition (INAC) 2022, held recently in Abuja with the theme “Networking Nigerian Handicrafts with the World”.
Chinese Embassy Cultural Counselor Mr. Li Xuda, who represented the embassy, said Nigeria is a great country with ancient history and rich cultural heritage. He noted that the Nigerian people take pride in their colorful and diverse culture such as unique tribal dances, different types of languages, religions, music, fashion, movies, food as well as arts and crafts. .
“With the theme ‘Networking Nigerian Craftsmanship with the World’, this year’s INAC not only provides the world with a window to showcase beautiful Nigeria beyond our imagination, but also build a bridge of friendship to connect people of all countries with Nigerians.
“This year’s fabulous Expo deeply impressed me with its well-organized activities, cheerful atmosphere, brilliant booth design, beautiful exhibits and amazing cultural performances, etc. In my eyes, INAC Expo 2022 is truly getting bigger, stronger and better,” he said.
He commended the National Arts and Culture Council (NCAC) and its patron, Chief Executive Otunba Segun Runsewe, for their excellent work and valuable contribution.
Also speaking to reporters at the event, Venezuelan Ambassador to Nigeria David Velasquez said Nigeria and his country had strong ties and shared similarities in culture, history, food and the dances.
NCAC chief executive Según Runsewe told reporters in an interview that Nigeria’s cultural awakening and connection to the world remains at the center of his administration.
“We have been successful in using culture to show the strength of Nigeria to the world. We have to wake up because making Nigeria great is our duty to all,” he said.
He added that the arts and culture sector can generate jobs and reduce crime because it relies on people’s creativity.