AMUPO MONARCH ADVOCATES PRESERVATION OF AFRICAN ANTIQUITIES

The Olomu of Omupo Kingdom in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara State, Oba Yakub Buari, has reiterated the need to provide adequate security that will ensure preservation of African antiquities and heritage. Oba Buari said the incessant shipment of African antiquities abroad was eroding the citizens’ identity and dignity. He also decried the neglect of the nation’s tourism sector by past governments, adding that most of the nation’s cherished culture, tradition and artifacts are fast going into extinction. He therefore charged the Ministry of Culture and Tourism both at…

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FG REASSURES NIGERIANS ON LOOTED ARTIFACTS

The Federal Government has reassured Nigerians that it is working towards ensuring that artifacts stolen from the shores of Nigeria, particularly in the 19th century, are returned to their original owners. About 90 percent of Africa’s cultural heritage currently lies outside the continent, according to a 2018 Savoy-Sarr report. Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed who gave the assurance at a press conference on Thursday in Lagos, said Nigerian government plans to use both legal and diplomatic instruments to claim its artifacts littered around the world. Mohammed disclosed that…

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AFRICAN FIRST LADIES WANT QUICK INTERVENTION ON GENDER EQUALITY

Wives of heads of state in Africa, under the auspices of African First Ladies have lent their voice to the increasing need to invest more in gender equality as a catalyst to realizing demographic dividend in Africa. The group of women often described as mothers to the nations their husbands lead, spoke at the First Ladies Panel during the Global Gender Summit which was rounded off on Wednesday in Kigali, Rwanda. It is the first time the Summit is being on the African soil. The Summit is a biennial event…

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CATHOLIC CLERGY SEEKS BETTER DEAL FOR NIGERIAN YOUTHS

The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins has reiterated the need for all stakeholders and government at all levels to create an enabling environment for the young people to thrive in their undertakings. Archbishop Martins said efforts should be intensified in creating a conducive environment in order to positively harness the gifts and talents of the youthful population for the emancipation of a greater Nigerian nation. The Archbishop made the observation at the recent graduation of the 32 pioneer graduates of St Augustine University, Ilara, Lagos State.…

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HARNESSING NICO’S LECTURE SERIES

Ahead of the upcoming last edition of the National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) Quarterly Public Lecture Series for 2019, the institute has reaffirmed its resolve and commitment to continue to educate Nigerians in line with its mandate. The lecture series was conceived by NICO as a platform for stakeholders to deliberate on how to use culture as one of the building blocks for economic and national development. Meanwhile, NICO’s last lecture for this year would hold on December 3, with theme: “Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria –The…

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MAHAMA CAUTIONS AFRICANS ON POPULATION EXPLOSION

Former Ghanaian President, John Mahama, has expressed his worries over what he described as the explosive rate at which population is growing in Africa. Mahama said unlike other regions of the world, the prognosis of the current population demographic in Africa which currently stands at about 1.1 billion people could soar to four billion people by the end of century 2100, going by the present growth rate. Speaking as a Guest Lecturer at the 7th edition of Realnews Magazine annual Lecture series which was held in Abuja last week, he…

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WHY LAGOSIANS SHOULD RESPECT CULTURE, RELIGION – COMMISIONER

,Commissioner of Home Affairs in Lagos State, Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf has reiterated the need for residents to show mutual respect for the views, culture and religions of one another. The Commissioner, also urged residents to be tolerant of one another regardless of difference on issues and beliefs, stressing that mutual understanding was a form of respect for human rights. Akinbile-Yusuf, made the observation in her goodwill message to Lagos citizens when the state joined other countries of the world to commemorate the 2019 United Nations (UN) International Day of Tolerance recently.…

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Singaporean Minister Tasks African Leaders on Growing Workforce

Singapore’s Coordinating Minister for Social Policies, Tharman Shanmugaratnam, has urged Africa leaders to take of advantage of the continent’s strong and growing workforce as a catalyst for growth and development. It is projected that in the next decade, Africa will have the largest working age population in the world, larger than China and India with about 1.1 billion people of working age population of between 15 and 64 years. Shanmugaratnam gave the charge while delivering this year’s Kofi A. Annan Eminent Speakers’ Lecture series at the African Development Bank (AfDB)…

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Why Access Bank sponsored 9th edition of Afriff – Wigwe

The Group Managing Director (GMD) of Access Bank Plc, Herbert Wigwe, said the bank is extremely delighted to sponsor the just concluded 9th edition of Africa International Film Festival (AFRIF). Describing the week-long event as Africa’s most innovative and exciting film festival, Wigwe noted that the festival is playing a critical role in promoting and projecting African stories to the world. The festival, according to him, celebrates the diversity of African films, including documentaries and short films while connecting various stakeholders within the African film industry through a cinematic experience.…

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Restitution: Open society standing up for African Cultural Heritage

In a bid to strengthen the efforts aimed at repatriating cultural objects looted from Africa, Open Society Foundations, non-governmental organization funded by George Soros, has launched a $15 million initiative. The four-year project will support African organizations and networks campaigning for the return of artifacts taken during the colonial era to its rightful home. Open Society Foundations are the world’s largest private funder of independent groups working for justice, democratic governance, and human rights. In addition, Open Society currently supports a vast array of projects in more than 120 countries,…

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