A bronze statue that was looted from what is now Nigeria more than a century ago will be returned, Cambridge University in Britain said, as Nigeria's government announced a new campaign Thursday for the return of the West African nation's looted and smuggled artifacts from around the world.
The cockerel was taken in 1897 from the Court of Benin and given to the university several years later. The statue was removed from public view in 2016 after students protested, saying it represented a colonial narrative.
Nigeria's minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, welcomed the return of the cockerel, especially the role of the students in bringing about the repatriation of the bronze statue.
On the culmination of the Nigeria Tourism Investors Forum and Exhibition (NTIFE) 2019, held on the 19th & 20th November 2019 at Transcorp Hilton Hotel Abuja, organizers of the event, the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria (FTAN) hereby release the following Communique:
1. The Federal Ministry of Information & Culture should ensure effective coordination between the agencies of the Ministry and the Federation of Tourism Associations of Nigeria. This will reduce the incidence of Government and private tourism operators speaking at cross purposes in the administration and operation of the tourism industry.
The tourism in Nigeria is largely embryonic. This means most of the tourist sites are still in their original nature, with little or no enrichment to transform the sites into tourist attractions and profitable destinations. Accordingly, Nigeria is a land of natural wonders; replete with scenic landscapes, wildlife conservatories and, arguably home to the most enchanting African cultural tradition and heritage. One of Nigeria's leading natural wonder is the iconic, and mystical, Ogbunike Cave, in South Eastern Nigeria. The caves are a world wonder that have held visitors spellbound for decades and still do!
To reinforce the ongoing protection efforts in Yankari Game Reserve, conservationists have fitted six elephants with GPS/Satellite Collars to help provide real-time tracking of elephant herds. Country Director, Nigeria Programme, Wild Conservation Society (WCS), Mr. Andrew Dunn said the device will allow ranger teams to shadow the elephants at all times and alert the reserve manager whenever elephants are in danger or stray outside the reserve.
Ekiti state government has promised to continue in its 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.
As adherents of Osun Osogbo deity converged on the groove at Osogbo for the grand finale of this year’s festival, Osun State governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola on Friday charged indigenes of the state and those in the diaspora to collaborate with his administration in promoting the annual festival.
The Governor made these known while addressing a mammoth crowd of adherents, traditionalists, local and international tourists who thronged Osun Osogbo groove for the festival.
The chairman of an indigenous telecom company, Globacom, Mr. Mike Adenuga Jr, has said that Nigeria tourism industry will continue to suffer a decline if the government fails to adequately address the issue of insecurity in the country.
Adenuga Jr., who made this known in his goodwill message to the 2019 Ojude Oba Festival, held in Ijebu Ode, read on his behalf by Folu Aderibigbe, equally urged government at the federal, state and local government levels to work harmoniously and design strategies to nip security challenges in the bud to harness the huge tourism potentials available in the country.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is in Ghana with a U.S. congressional delegation for high-level talks and a commemoration of the 400-year-old slave trade from Africa to the New World.
The visitors were to be received Monday evening by Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo in Accra. They include the House Majority Whip James Clyburn, Congressional Black Caucus chairwoman Karen Bass and House representatives Barbara Lee and John Lewis, the Associated Press reported.
President Muhammadu Buhari, has rejected 13 bills passed by the 8th Nigeria National Assembly, including the National Institute of Hospitality and Tourism Establishment Bill, popularly called the NIHOTOUR Bill. However, the President assented to 9 other Bills.
Mr. Ita Enang, the President's Liaison Officer to the Senate, told National Assembly Correspondents yesterday, that more bills passed by the Eighth Assembly are still being expected by the President and promised to take action as soon as he was in possession of them.