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When Runsewe took cultural exhibition to mother’s celebration of life



The Director-General, National Council of Arts and Culture (NCAC), Chief Segun Runsewe has continued to give Nigeria rich cultural potentialities a vintage position in all sphere of life through innovative brand promotion and diplomacy.

His practical interest in making culture hold the ace at all times is also a credit that has not only stood him out as a cultural ambassador, but has also made him a point of reference in cultural promotion in Nigeria and Africa; one of the reasons he was appointed President, World Craft Council, African Region.

His promises to give his mother (late Mrs Felicia Adesola Runsewe) a cultural burial came to play at the venue of the post interment reception, Eagle Club, Surulere in Lagos, where the hall was beautifully adorned with arts, crafts and cultural symbols of a country with diverse and unique identity.

It was a showcase of the richness of Nigeria’s cultural splendour, displaying iconic cultural souvenirs that cut across the six geo political zones, showing how late Mrs Felicia Runsewe, popularly called Mama Kaduna touched lives during her life-time without considering boundaries and borders.

The upscale venue wore various indigenous craft works, made from art materials carefully blended with local fabrics, showcasing the unique and entrepreneurial skills of Nigerians in interior and exterior decorations.

At the entrance, a canoe fully captured in a row mission, flanked by a dummy of the iconic Eyo masquerade raved the imagination of invitees, who reflexively took to selfies to capture the grand cultural innovation.

Runsewe had assured that the burial activities of his late mother, would become a veritable platform to empower and showcase talents and community of craft entrepreneurs with gifts and skills on indigenous decorative fabrics and Arts works and without holding brief for anyone, the hall was a display of Nigeria culture in all ramification.

Also the music entertainers at the venue were not left out as they added glamour through their cross-cultural music vendition, bringing back sweet memories of indigenous and contemporary folk songs.

The high point of the performance was when the Nigerian Afrojuju crooner, Sir Shina Peters took to the stage for his astounding display of different tracks from his many hit albums.

Mama Kaduna

The 3,000 capacity Eagle Club hall, no doubt was the talk of the reception as local craft and art works were lavishly and creatively employed as a true reflection of the emerging Nigerian cultural market, with potential to create jobs and generate revenue while closing the door to reliance on foreign decor market.

The use of balloons and other foreign decorations materials is certainly threatened with this new Nigerian cultural initiative.

Apart from the crafts and arts display which attracted the guests at the event, the Nigerian rich kitchens were not left out, as guests had sumptuous flavour of various indigenous cuisines to pick from, an indication that Nigerian creative gastronomy can compete favourably with any other brands on the world cuisines stage.

Indeed, the cultural pre and post transition outings for Runsewe’s mother had opened up the many value chain in the Nigerian creative cultural tourism industry, hardly factored and appreciated before now.

No doubt, mama Kaduna is no more with us, the culturaliasation of her passage by her only son, had enriched the community of local crafts enterprenueurs, empowering their very visibility and their job creation potentiality, a post COVID-19 gains which must push the button of cultural tourism beyond the national frontier.

And in line with the COVID-19 protocols, all the gates and entrances, at the chapel of light church Idi Araba, venue of the commendation service and the reception at the eagle club, were manned by a medical emergency team, with face masks and sanitisers for all invitees, in total compliance with the mandatory COVID preventive culture.(with media reports)

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Protests Erupt in Jos Over Sexual Abuse of Underage Girls by Lebanese



Tension was high yesterday at the Abattoir community, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State as residents, mostly women and young girls protested the alleged sexual molestation of about 14 young girls in the area by a Lebanese.

The alleged molestation, the protesters claim, has been ongoing for years without anything being done but when the man was eventually arrested and handed over to the Police, he was said to have been released from the Police station hence the protest.

It was gathered that the Lebanese was arrested and handed over to the Police on Thursday after the parents of two of the minors in the community reported that their children were sexually molested.

Apart from the two girls, 12 more girls also confessed that they were also at different times molested by the suspect whom they said did unprintable things to them.

The protesters called for justice to be served and appealed to Government, NGOs, and Civic Society Organizations to intervene so that the issue is not swept under the carpet like previous ones.

One of the protesters, Abigail Haruna said, “This thing has been going on for almost 20 years. I grew up in Abattoir here and I have been hearing about it. This time around, about 14 girls between the ages of 10 to 11 are involved. A Lebanese man in Abattoir here used to sexually molest the girls, one that is 11 is pregnant. This should not be allowed to fester.”

Another protester, Esther Emmanuel added, “Since when I was little, I heard about this man that he uses little girls to do blue film but we never took any action but thank God this case came up yesterday (Thursday). Parents of the girls went to the Police station to report.

“It is really annoying that this thing has been happening but we never did anything about it. None of these girls are up to 15 years. Two of the girls are pregnant, one has HIV, this is annoying. The problem is that when it happens, you will not hear anything again, the issue will just die off like that.

“The parents are left with their children, they will be asked to go and take care of their children and will even be blamed for refusing to talk to their children. If we go to their country, will they allow that? We want justice to be served. The man was arrested but now what we hear is that he has been released.”

But the State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP Gabriel Uba when contacted said “The Police is aware of the situation and investigation is ongoing to ascertain the true state of the matter.

“Nobody is happy to hear such a devilish act, investigation is ongoing. Nobody released the man, if they don’t get vital information, they will do things out of ignorance. The matter has been transferred to the State CID, the man has not been released.”


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We can’t raise N160m, parents of abducted Greenfield university students, staff cry out



Photo source: Channels Television

Parents of the remaining 16 kidnapped students and three staff of Greenfield University, Kaduna on Friday gathered to pray for the safe release of their children.

This was even as they appealed to the Federal Government to urgently assist them in rescuing their children from the bandits.

According to them, the bandits are demanding N160 million cumulative ransom for them to release the remaining 16 students.

“We are worried about their safety. The innocent students had spent 24 days in the kidnappers’ den.

To this end, speaking on behalf of the parents, the Chairman of the parents’ forum, Marcus Zarmai, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to use his office to secure the release of the students before something sinister happens to them.

According to him, the kidnappers are demanding a sum of N10 million on each of the 16 students, making N160 million.

“Even after, we the parents have collectively paid them over N60 million ransom for the release of our children and they failed to release them.

Zarmai said, having exhausted all the money they have to pay as ransom, “We, the parents are appealing to the Federal Government to assist us to pay the ransom demanded or find any other way to ensure the safe return of our children.”

Recall, the man behind the abducted students had three weeks ago threatened to kill the 16 students if the ransom is not paid.

However, Sheikh Ahmed Gummi had come out to say they have reached out to the bandits and they have agreed not to kill the remaining students.

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Former Defence Chief Joshua Dogonyaro is Dead



General Dogonyaro died in Jos on Wednesday at the age of 80.

Dogonyaro, a retired lieutenant general, died at the age of 80 on Wednesday.

The first son of the deceased, Joseph Dogonyaro, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone interview in Pankshin, on Thursday.

“Daddy has been sick for some time until yesterday when he had a stroke and we rushed him to the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH) for medical attention.

“Unfortunately, early this morning (Thursday), around 3.00 a.m. precisely, he breathed his last.

“His death comes as a rude shock to us as a family. We are going to miss his love and warmth as a grandfather, father, brother, uncle and supporter,” he said.

Joseph said the family was trying to cope with the shock of the general’s demise and would discuss the funeral arrangements soon.

He described his father as “a General who was so faithful and loyal to the nation, Nigeria.”

“He was a general who had no bias mind as a detribalised Nigerian. He served this nation faithful and identified with all Nigerians and Africa as a continent.

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