Abuja – Mr Ferdinand Anikwe, the Director-General, Centre for Black and African Art Civilisation (CBAAC), has renewed the agency’s focus on promoting African culture in Nigeria and abroad.
Anikwe told newsmen in Abuja that the promotion would be through symposia, lectures and other organised programmes for youths.
“We want to re-educate and re-orientate youths on our cultural values; we are going to do this through debates and competitions and with the help of our local artistes.
“Culture is another medium for conflict resolution; it is appropriate, wonderful, effective, penetrating and persuasive.
“We are using culture to bring non-violence revolution; we want cultural revolutionary ideas, behaviours and transformation.
“These will bring new forms in infrastructure as well as education.
“So, we are saying that a new Nigeria has emerged and out of social re-generation Nigeria is changing for the better,’’ the director said.
According to Anikwe, CBAAC will encourage youths to create programmes like drama sketches on the significance of speaking indigenous languages.
“We have come up with factors that unite us rather than divide Nigeria. We want the world to keep seeing the beautiful side of Nigeria and not all the negative images.
“We will continue to deliberate on our culture, philosophy of life, traditional governance system, and indigenous village and technology,’’ he said.
The director noted that with everybody’s support, African culture would change people’s consciousness about violence and conflict.
He therefore urged the media to assist the agency in its quest to promote African culture to the outside world.
“The media has a role to play; we ask for your cooperation to promote and market African culture.
“Together we can join hands to take our culture to a level where it will be the envy of the world,’’ he said.