Nigeria: Buhari pledges support as Nigeria hosts global cultural, tourism and literary events

President Muhammadu Buhari has pledged full support for three major international events scheduled for Nigeria in October and November this year, saying they provide an opportunity to showcase the country’s rich heritage in the fields of culture, arts, tourism and entertainment, as well as advances in media freedom.

Nigeria will host the UNESCO Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2022 in Abuja in October, the first World Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry in Lagos, as well as the 2nd Conference of the World Association of Literary Festivals, Abeokuta, in November.

Welcoming the decision of UNESCO, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the World Association of Literary Festivals to grant Nigeria the right to host these distinct historic events, the President, in a statement by Presidential Spokesperson, Femi Adesina, on Sunday assured all concerned stakeholders and participants of the warmth and hospitality of the Nigerian people.

During MIL Week, President Buhari noted that it was instructive that Nigeria is attracting positive international attention as a country that promotes freedom of the media and freedom of expression, acknowledging the important roles that mastery of information and media literacy in sustainable development.

Addressing the first World Conference on Cultural Tourism and Creative Industry, the President said that the rapid growth of Nigeria’s film, fashion, music and ICT sector, and the increase in attractiveness and international acceptance would continue to motivate the government to devote more resources to the sector. .

Among other initiatives, President Buhari recalls that the Creative Industry Finance Initiative (CIFI), established by his administration and managed by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in collaboration with the Committee of Bankers, has provided funding in single digits to many young Nigerians. in fashion, film, music and information technology.

The $100 million redevelopment of the National Theater in Lagos into a world-class creative park is also underway, following the handover of the facilities to CBN and the Committee of Bankers.

The Nigerian leader said he is confident that the literary world will find many good things to celebrate about Nigeria when he gathers in the historic city of Abeokuta, Ogun State, home and birthplace of one of Nigeria’s greatest literary icons and Nobel Laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

The statement added that President Buhari is delighted to welcome international visitors to Nigeria and urges his compatriots to use this time to expound on the values ​​”that make us a unique, friendly and peace-loving people”.

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