CBAAC seeks media support to promote culture

Director General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Dr. Anikwe Ferdinand, (left); Director, Information Management Division, Mrs. Osayande Osaro, and Director D/S, Mrs. Ndidi Aimienwauu during a courtesy visit to The Guardian corporate head office, Rutam House, Isolo, Lagos… yesterday. PHOTO: Gabriel Ikhahon.

Director General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), Dr. Anikwe Ferdinand, (left); Director, Information Management Division, Mrs. Osayande Osaro, and Director D/S, Mrs. Ndidi Aimienwauu during a courtesy visit to The Guardian corporate head office, Rutam House, Isolo, Lagos… yesterday. PHOTO: Gabriel Ikhahon.

The Director General of Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC), Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, is seeking the continuous support of The Guardian in the promotion of arts and culture in the country.

He stated this yesterday when his team paid a courtesy call to Rutam House, headquarters of The Guardian Newspaper on the activities of the centre and the forthcoming 40th anniversary of Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC ‘77).

According to Anikwe, the purpose of the visit was to discuss the cultural challenges in the country. He said it was sad that after FESTAC 77, there had not been such huge cultural activity.

“I took Prof. Soyinka to task on that; we played the clips of FESTAC to him and he was grateful,” he stated.

Anikwe said culture would survive when the private sectors begin to lend their support, adding that there was the need to create a forum of culture enthusiasts.

“I began a programme ‘using culture to fight corruption, which is not funded by CBAAC. I went to the Obong of Calabar and we were able to trace the history of how Calabar fought against colonialism,” he stated.

“We at CBAAC tell the world that FESTAC has a lot of message and potentials which have not been harnessed,” he said.

While receiving the CBAAC chief executive, the Editor of The Guardian, Mr. Abraham Ogbodo, said: “So many things came out of FESTAC 77, but we could not follow up. If you look at it, Nigeria has not acted differently; we don’t have the sustainability and I don’t know why. I have always believed that culture is the basis of technology.”

Ogbodo said the major task was getting government’s support for CBAAC’s vision.

“Culture is taken as primitive practice in Nigeria, but we are doing everything to promote culture in The Guardian,” he added.

The Associate Editor The Guardian on Sunday, Mr. Williams Alabi, said that part of the advocacy should be to resume the study of history in schools to help the younger generations understand culture.

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