By Tola Johnson,
March 18, 2018.
An Edo State base cultural organization registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) as Ogievie1 has unveiled its plans to promote African culture through collaboration with national and international agencies.
This is in line with the vision of leader of the organization, Prince Tony Eweka, a widely traveled traditionalist who believes time was ripe to elevate the status of the culture.
In a statement issued in Lagos by the Director of Media and Publications of Ogievie1, Ajibola Abayomi, he said the organization was willing to contribute its own quota to ensure that the “culture of our people is accorded its due recognition in the scheme of things globally”.
According to the Director of Media and Publications, he said “Ogievie1 has a standing cultural troupe, historical monuments and other unique facilities that can attract foreign direct investment to the nation when fully annexed.”
The statement in parts reads thus: “Ogievie1 being a body of tradition and culture considers it necessary to chart a new course for our culture. That is why we are proud to associate with every segment of the society and we have resolved to speak the language of culture beyond the shores of Nigeria henceforth.
“To start with, the 2018 edition of Ogievie Annual Festival slated for 23rd of November, 2018 in Benin City, Edo State will have both national and international dimensions as we are working with relevant government agencies to make it a success.
“In doing so, we shall continue to strengthen our ties and affiliation with the Edo State Ministry of Culture and Tourism and at the national level too. As our dear country continues to push for economic diversification, we need not to be told that beneath the God’s given cultural talents we are endowed with, lies the untapped gold.
“In couple of months from now, we shall open channel of communications with South Africa, Zambia, Swaziland, and Ghana. The process will also include some European and American countries too. We are putting finishing touches to our membership of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
“Our intention is to build friends and relationships across Africa and the globe that will translate into foreign earnings for our dear country through our activities. Notwithstanding, the enormous challenges involved, with perseverance and planning, we shall scale all the hurdles.”