National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Abuja

Management

OBI ASIKA

Director General

DIRECTOR-GENERAL, NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURE

OBI ASIKA

Obi Asika has been a tireless advocate and a key driver of the creative industries in Nigeria for more than 30 years. Recognized by millions across Africa as a Judge on the popular Nigerian Idol TV show, Obi Asika’s greatest impact in the creative sector has been as a builder, investor and visionary leader. Mr Asika is a renowned executive producer for live events, music, tv and more, he has produced the largest festivals, platforms and global reality formats and was instrumental to the globalization of Nigerian music.

Obi Asika built Storm 360/Storm Records into one of the most successful entertainment brands, ushering in the first wave of global success for Nigerian music artists and producing the biggest international franchise TV productions on the continent. He was Executive Producer Big Brother Naija, 2006, The Apprentice Africa 2008, Naija Sings 2009-2012, and many more. In 2012, he co-founded Social Media Week Lagos, which became the biggest new media and technology conference in Africa and in the realm of sports, he led a company that managed the sponsor rights and event management for the FIFA U20 World Cup in 1999, as well as the CAN 2000 hosted by Nigeria and Ghana. Mr Asika is a non executive director of Sport Nigeria, a non-profit which evolved from the NESG process which developed a sports policy for Nigeria.

In 2015, Obi Asika became the first person appointed by the President to a Cabinet-rank position overseeing the portfolio of digital policy and social media. He has served on more than 15 Government committees across different Administrations since 2006, including Chairman, Technical Sub-Committee of the Federal Government of Nigeria Audience Measurement Committee, 2020; National Coordinator, Technical Working Group, Culture, Creativity, Hospitality & Tourism, Nigeria Agenda 2050; Member, Review of Nigeria Broadcast Corporation Code 2020 and Member, Board of Trustees of the Nigerian Olympic Committee since 2022.

Obi Asika has also contributed to the development of the creative and cultural space through his leadership as a founding director of the board of the Copyright Society of Nigeria (COSON), Trustee, Online Publishing Association of Nigeria, co-founder of the Africa Soft Power Project and founder of Iba Ajie arts and innovation hub in Onitsha. Mr Asika also served as part of the core private sector leaders who collaborated to give birth to the National Start up Act., He is the convener of The Omniverse which is driving cross sector collaboration driven by the technology, start up and creative industries.

An internationally renowned thought-leader on the African creative and cultural inidustries, Obi Asika was appointed in 2014 to the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian Museum of African Art in Washington, D.C. and currently sits on the board of Africa No Filter and DAAR Communications. Additionally, he is a regular public speaker and he has been a speaker of panelist for major forums including presentations at the London Business School, Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business, MIT, Corporate Council on Africa USA-Africa Summit, Soccerex, The Nigerian Economic Summit, The NBA conference, Wimbiz among others.

A recipient of numerous local and international honours, Obi Asika was recognized by the African Leadership Network in 2012; he was named by top US publication Black Enterprise as one of their 100 Modern Men in 2016, and inducted into the Afrobeats Hall of Fame in 2021.

Mr Asika is happily married to Yets Asika and they are blessed with Nuli their wonderful daughter.

Mr Asika holds the ancient traditional title of Ojinnaka from the Agbalanze Ozo Society of Onitsha which he took in 1994.
His appointment as DG was announced by His Excellency, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on January 12th, 2024.

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Adeline Nankwat Fompun

Director, Human Resource Management

Born on 18th May, 1965 at Panyam, Plateau State. Attended Fatima Private School, Jos and obtained Schools leaving Certificate in 1977. Graduated at Girls’ High School, Gindiri in 1982. Graduated with a diploma in law from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in 1985. Obtained a Bachelor of Art degree in History from the University of Jos in 1989 and Master of Art degree in African history from the University of Portharcourt in 2010. Joined NCAC in 1995. Currently, Director, Human Resource Management at the National Council for Arts and Culture.

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Sanusi Shuaibu Abdullahi

Director of Finance and Accounts

Sanusi Shuaibu Abdullahi was born on 31st  March, 1966 in Jos, Plateau State. He attended Naraguta LSB, Baptist High School and university of Jos, Plateau State.He also attended school of Leather Technology, Zaria as well as University of Calabar. He is a certified National Accountant and presently the Director of Finance and Accounts, National Council for Arts & Culture.

Ngozi Rosemary Akande

Ngozi Rosemary Akande

Director and the Head of the Arts and Craft Department

Ngozi Rosemary Akande, (Ph.D) born on May 28, 1965, is a prolific Nigerian artist who uses her art as an advocacy for women rights and empowerment. She is a community organizer and a mentor to younger women, children and artists through her art workshops, art competitions and career exposés. She is a  researcher on contemporary and modern African art; She holds a B.A in Painting, M.A in Art History, and a Ph.D in Art History from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Nigeria. Ngozi was one of the Nigerian visual artists exhibited in 1992 by “Guinness Unity Through Art”.

Her Art work “Life’s First Food” which featured at the exhibition was collected by the World Health Organization (WHO) and used as a campaign poster to promote exclusive breast feeding in Nigeria for over 10 years. She is a UNESCO Resilient Artist and has won several awards such as: Rare Gem from the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in 2016, Lagos State Ambassador Award in 2017, Society of Nigerian Artists (SNA) Award in 2018 and Art Alliance 51 Award 2021. She is the country convener of the Nigerian Art Olympiad.  Ngozi Akande is a Director and the Head of the Arts and Craft Department since 2021; she joined the  National Council for Arts and Culture in 1997. The Department is charged with the preservation, exposition and conservation of the National Collections of Nigerian Arts and Crafts.

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Rosemary Ada Urrah

Director Performing Arts

Born on 18th June 1967, in Otukpo, Benue State. Attended Saint Mary primary school. Attended College of Education(NCE) Katsina – Ala, Benue State, also attended Benue State University, obtained a Bachelor degree . B.A Theatre Arts (Acting) and Nasarawa State University, obtained Msc in Security and Strategic Studies (in view).
Joined NCAC in 1992.

Mrs. Patricia Okoronkwo

Mrs. Patricia Okoronkwo

Acting Director of Research and Documentation

She attended the following institutions and obtained the following certificates; WASSCE- Greater Tomorrow Comprehensive School, Benin City, ND/ HND in Urban and Regional Planning- Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo state. Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Planning and Protection (PGD)- University of Abuja, Masters in Environmental Health Management, (MEHM)- Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso,  Certificate in Fundamentals of Implementation Science and Certificate in Global Health Research- University of Washington, USA.

Susan Ojoma Ogohi

Mrs. Susan Ojoma Ogohi

Acting Director Corporate and Strategic Planning Department

Qualifications: M.A : Media Arts, B.A : Theatre Arts, Diploma in Mass communication

Skills: Team management, Media Relations, Protocol and event management,  interpersonal communications, Strategic thinking and Creativity.

Passion: Meeting people, Travelling, Listening to music and singing .

Goals: To effectively communicate the organisation goals, mission, values, Mandate

Bashir M. Hamisu

Bashir M. Hamisu

Acting Director Extension Services

Cultural officer, strategic partnership and stakeholders management expert.

Schools attended/ Qualifications:
Islamiyya primary school, Bukuru. 1980.
First school leaving certificate.
Zang Secondary commercial school, Bukuru. 1985.
General certificate of Education.
College of Animal Health and Husbandry. Vom. 1988.
Ordinary National Diploma.
Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology. 1995.

Cultural officer, strategic partnership and stakeholders management expert.
Schools attended/ Qualifications:
Islamiyya primary school, Bukuru. 1980.
First school leaving certificate.
Zang Secondary commercial school, Bukuru. 1985.
General certificate of Education.
College of Animal Health and Husbandry. Vom. 1988.
Ordinary National Diploma.
Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology. 1995.

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Sanusi Shuaibu Abdullahi

Director of Finance and Accounts

Sanusi Shuaibu Abdullahi was born on 31st March 1966 in Jos, Plateau State. He attended Naraguta LSB, Baptist High School and university of Jos, Plateau State.He also attended school of Leather Technology, Zaria as well as University of Calabar. He is a certified National Accountant and presently the Director of Finance and Accounts, National Council for Arts & Culture.

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Rosemary Ada Urrah

Director Performing Arts

Rosemary Ada Urrah
Director and Head of Performing Arts Department

Born on 18th June 1967, in Otukpo, Benue State. Attended Saint Mary primary school. Attended College of Education(NCE) Katsina – Ala, Benue State, also attended Benue State University, obtained a Bachelor degree . B.A Theatre Arts (Acting) and Nasarawa State University, obtained Msc in Security and Strategic Studies (in view).
Joined NCAC in 1992.

Susan Ojoma Ogohi

Mrs. Susan Ojoma Ogohi

Acting Director Corporate and Strategic Planning Department

Qualifications: M.A : Media Arts, B.A : Theatre Arts, Diploma in Mass communication

Skills: Team management, Media Relations, Protocol and event management,  interpersonal communications, Strategic thinking and Creativity.

Passion: Meeting people, Travelling, Listening to music and singing .

Goals: To effectively communicate the organisation goals, mission, values, Mandate

Former NCAC Chief Executive Officers

MR. FRANK AIG -IMOUKHUEDE

MR. FRANK AIG -IMOUKHUEDE

Secretary /Director and Chief Executive Officer, January 1975 – 1989:

Mr. Frank was born on the 8th of January, 1935 in Edunabon, Edo State as the fourth child of Late Rev. Isaiah Aigbovioise and Eunice Imoukhuede. Mr Frank Imoukhuede attended Igbobi College between 1950 and 1954, combining his studies with school colours as a member of the College Cricket II. He continued playing this gentleman’s sport at the University College Ibadan where he graduated with a BA English (Hons) in 1961. He was a valued member of the University Cricket and Hockey Team which earned him several International Caps. In 1965, he went on a Post Graduate Diploma course to Poona, India to study Cinematography.

Frank’s first job after graduation was with the Radio Nigeria Service in 1960 as Planning Officer to the Controller of National Programmes. He also explored Television in 1962 when he produced Focus, a documentary of Western Nigeria Government Programmes. In 1961, Frank was employed as a Journalist by the Daily Express Newspaper, the very first graduate of a Nigerian University to be hired by a Local Newspaper. In 1962 he moved to full-time journalism to join the Nigerian Civil Service where he was appointed as Information Officer of the Western Region. In 1963, Frank was assigned to the Federal Film Unit as a Scriptwriter. During this time, he scripted the popular radio series “Save Journey”, “Oga Mr.”, “Councilor” and “Constable Joe” amongst others.

In 1971, Frank was appointed the very first Cultural Officer of the Federal Civil Service rising to the position of Principal Cultural Officer in 1975. During this time, he supervised Nigeria’s entries and exhibitions in the 2nd World Black and African Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC). He also wrote and directed a number of documentaries including; “The Sallah Durbar – Balled of Katsina and God Dance”, “Man Dance”, Nigeria’s entry into FESTAC.

Between 1975 and 1988, Aig-Imoukhuede held the post of Director, National Council for Arts and Culture, coordinating States Arts and Councils and the yearly National Festival of Arts (NAFEST). In 1988, Frank was appointed the Federal Director of Culture, a position he held until retirement in 1995.

He has cheered numerous National and International Committees on Cultural Development.

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PROF. SULE BELLO (LATE)

Director/Chief Executive Officer, NCAC from 1989-2000

Prof Sule was born on the 5th of January, 1953 in his hometown State, Kano. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Combined Honours) in Political Science and History from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (1975) and a Masters of Arts Degree in Political Economy and History (1978) and a Post Doctorate Degree on Development of Modern Europe – Commonwealth Fellowship Award from the University of Kent, UK in 1986.

Sule Bello was appointed the 2nd Director/Chief Executive Officer of the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) in 1989. As the Council’s Chief Executive Officer, he recorded several achievements which amongst many include:

  • Expanded the Administrative Structure of the Council by establishing the Ten (10) Zonal Offices located in Uyo, Bauchi, Benin, Maiduguri, Enugu, Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Oshogbo an Sokoto.
  • Established four (4) Specialized Galleries on Masquerades (Enugu) Textiles (Oshogbo) Durbar (Kaduna) and Boat Regatta (Uyo).
  • Inaugurated the Nigerian Fashion show to promote Nigerian Textile Industry, Fashion, and Creativity to Nigerian Fashion Designers.
  • Instituted the National Merit Award for Arts and Culture (NAMAAC) to provide an avenue for the promotion and propagation of excellence in the fields of Arts and Culture. Four (4) editions of it were held in (1994 – 1997).
  • Established professional Library and Archives Unit in the Council for documentation and referral purposes.
  • Initiated the Nigerian Indigenous Circus Company (NICCON) to mainstream Traditional Entertainment, Theatres and Folkloric Arts.
  • Organized several Seminars, Symposia and Workshops and facilitated a robust Research and Publications on Culture, Arts and Crafts in the Council.
  • Initiated the Culture Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools (The FCT Edition).
  • Moved the operations of the Headquarters of the Council from Lagos to Abuja.
  • Initiated Several special projects in collaboration with National/International, Government and Non-Governmental Organisations.
  • Presided over ten (10) editions of the Chief Executives of Culture of the Federation.
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MR. EMMA NNAKAENYI ARINZE (LATE)

Director/CEO NCAC from 1st August, 2000 – February, 2005

Mr. Emma Nnakaenyi Arinze (Late) was born on 25th December, 1945 in Sapele, Delta State and hails from Ukpo in Anambra State of Nigeria. Mr. Emma holds a Bachelor of Science Degree and Sociology from the University of Ibadan (UI) in 1971 and a Masters of Education Degree from the University of Lagos in 1983 as well as Masters of Sociology from the University of Jos Plateau, State in 1988. He was appointed the 3rd Director/CEO of the Council on the 1st August,2000 for an initial period of four (4) years which was renewed 1st August, 2004.

Mr. Emma died in active service in the February, 2005. While in Council, his numerous achievements amongst many include;

  • Initiated the Herbal Gardens Project Abina, Ebonyi State.
  • He Initiated the Culture of Peace and Dialogue Forum as a Youth Enlightenment/Advocacy Platform.
  • Initiated the publication of NCAC News as an In-House Magazine and the Voice of Arts and Culture in Nigeria.
  • Expanded the National Quiz Competition for Secondary School Students to a National Program.
  • Converted the four (4) specialized Galleries of the Council i.e. Durbar, Masquerade, Textiles and Boat Regatta into National Research Centres on Specialized Cultural Manifestation for more robust intellectual inquiry and presentation.
  • Expanded the Chief Executive of Culture of the Federation Meeting (CEC) to a Bi-Annual Platform for regular advocacy and mainstreaming Administrative of Culture.
  • Secured appropriate office complex to house the National Research Centers on Masquerade Tradition, Enugu, Enugu State.
  • Completed and commissioned the Herbal Garden Project in Getso, Kano State.
  • Contributed immensely to the development of Museum in Nigeria and the Commonwealth.
  • Was the first African Museum Expert to be elected as a three (3) term President of the Commonwealth Association of Museums (CAM) from its inception in 1974.
  • Was elected the President of the African Organization of Museums (AFRICOM) in October, 2003.
  • Was the spokesman for Museum in the Commonwealth and Africa at various fora globally.
  • Contributed immensely to the content of Abuja Carnival.
  • His pro-active intervention on Council’s Permanent Site as a venue for CHOGM Cultural Market led to high visibility and utilization of the site.
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MR. MWAJIM MALGWI MAIDUGU

Executive Director/CEO, NCAC from 2005 – August, 2014

Mr. Mwajim Malgwi Maidugu was born on the 10th of June 1951 at Marama, Hawul Local Government Area of Borno State. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree with a 2nd Class Upper Division from Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria in 1977, a Post Graduate Diploma in Arts Education in 1980 and a Master’s Degree in Arts Education from ABU Zaria in 1982.

Mr. Maidugu began his career as a Lecturer with the Borno College of Education from 1978 to 1983 before proceeding to University of Maiduguri where he served as a Lecturer in the Department of Creative Arts from 1983 to 1989 where he rose to the position of Lecturer I. In October, 1989 he transferred his services from the University of Maiduguri to the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) as an Assistant Director in 1996 where he was promoted to the position of Director and in 2005, he was appointed as Ag. Executive Director/CEO before his confirmation in 2006. His Numerous achievements amongst many include;

  • Upgraded the structure of the Council which has no substantive Director Rank then apart from the CEO to Seven (7) Departments and Four (4) Zonal Directorate Offices making a total of Eleven (11) Directors in the establishment position of the Council before his retirement in August, 2014.
  • He initiated and hosted the Annual African Arts and Crafts (AFAC Expo), 2008 which has successfully become one of the regional Arts and Crafts Market Platform which attracts participants of Nigerian Artistes and Craft Entrepreneurs with an annual average participant of Sixteen (16) African Countries and beyond.
  • He over the years improved the content of National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) to effectively play the role of promoting Peace and National Unity as well as a platform for talent development and Job Creation. Under his leadership, he has successfully implemented Nine (9) editions of his festival.
  • His efforts and professionalism are seen in some of his books he co-authored in his field of Arts Culture and Crafts. These include:
  • A Compendium of Nigerian Arts and Crafts
  • NAFEST in pictures, a compendium of NAFEST Colloquium 2004 -2009, Nigeria Crafts Designs, Limitless Investment Opportunities, Arts and Crafts National Building among others.
  • Towards arresting the Rural Urban Crafts and Youth Restiveness, the NCAC under Mr. Maidugu created over Fifteen (15) Crafts and Cultural Development Centers for Skills and Economic Empowerment across the Six (6) Geo – Political Zones in Nigeria.
  • Towards this, he has completed and commissioned the following Projects:
  • National Crafts Development Centre in Ikare, Ondo State, Kano and Sokoto, Sokoto State.
  • National Research Centre on Textile Tradition Oshogbo, Osun State.
  • Ultra-modern Shopping Complex for National Research Centres on Masquerade Traditions, Enugu State.
  • At the International Level, he has curated and participated in many exhibitions and round table discussions on Nigerian Culture, Arts and Crafts in Countries such as Germany, USA, UK, Bahamas, Australia, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Pakistan, Ghana, Dubai, Spain, China just to mention a few.
  • Through some struggle under his administration, NCAC got the Certificate of Occupancy (C-Of-O) on its Permanent Site.
  • He has several National and International Awards such as Society of Nigeria Artists (SNA), Nigeria Crafts Council (NCC) and International Federation of Arts Council and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA).
  • He has several national Awards which include;
  • An Award by RATTAWU for his contribution to the development of Culture.
  • An outstanding career, service award by Ahmadu University, Zaria Alumni Association, Abuja Branch.
  • Award of Honorary Fellowship by Society of Nigeria Artists (SNA).
  • Maidugu is married with Five (5) Children and Two (2) Grandchildren.
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MRS. EKUNDAYO QUEENOHIA KESHI

Director General/CEO, NCAC from August, 2014 – March, 2017

Mrs. Ekundayo Queenohia Keshi was the 5th Director General/CEO of National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) as well as the first female DG of the Agency in August, 2014. Before her appointment as the DG/CEO of NCAC, she had retired as Director, Cultural Industries and Heritage from the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation after 35years of meritorious service and wealth in experience in the sector.

  • Keshi successfully executed her first assignment as the DG, i.e. The National Festival for Arts and Culture (NAFEST).
  • She had the privilege of hosting the 10th Honours Lecture Service, where she honored some prominent Nigerians who had in so many ways help in the development of culture.
  • She also honored all the past chief Executive Officer of the NCAC and prominent Royal Fathers.
  • Within her first year of being in charge of the NCAC’S affairs, over fifty staff of the Council underwent capacity building training in Chinese Language.
  • During her tenure as the DG of NCAC, she organized the African Arts and Crafts fair, International forum, Arts and Crafts Exhibition and school children variety shows and presentations.
  • She also signed several MOUs with some of through Ambassadors in Nigeria detailing the area of cooperation between both countries.
  • Dayo Keshi did not relent efficiently on maintaining and building partnership and participating in both regional and international events such as SIAO, Pan-African festival of Arts and Culture (PANAFEST), Internal Federation of Arts Councils and Cultural Agencies (IFACCA), Worlds Crafts Council (WCC) all to improve the International Image of the Council but most importantly, build bridges of international friendship using Culture
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OTUNBA OLUSEGUN RUNSEWE, OON, FIMS, FABE

Director General, NCAC from March, 2017 – January, 2024

Otunba Olusegun Runsewe was born in Kaduna to the family of Pa Bankole Runsewe from Ogun State. He attended St. Michael Primary School, Kaduna before proceeding to Vohoeven Technical College Minna, now Government Technical College.  He holds an MBA in Marketing from Edo State University; Higher National Diploma in Management Studies from London School for Executives.  He also has a Diploma in Public Relations from the London School of Management Studies and a Professional Certificate in Estate and Property Management from Kaduna Polytechnic.

Otunba Runsewe has remained a consistent phenomenon in the Media, Culture and Tourism Sectors in Nigeria since the last three decades. He worked as Marketing Manager at the New Nigerian Newspaper and rose to the position of General Manager at the organization.  He also worked as Head of Public Relations (Media) National Theatre; Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Sports Weekly and was Publisher and Editor-in-chief of National Network Newspapers.  He was also the Media Coordinator, Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2013, Abuja, Nigeria.

Otunba Runsewe was appointed as an Executive Director at the National Orientation Agency in 2000, a position he held until his appointment as the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) in August 2006.  His tenure at the NTDC was a watershed in the development of the Tourism Sector in Nigeria.  His aggressive Tourism marketing campaign, anchored on the catch-phrase “Tourism is Life” gave the Nigerian Tourism Industry unprecedented national and international visibility.  The tenure positioned Nigeria as one of the leading faces of tourism and a preferred destination in Africa.  With consistent annual exhibitions at International Tourism Expositions like FITUR, Madrid Spain; ITB Berlin, Germany; Arabian Travel Market, Dubai; World Travel Market Orkland London, etc, Nigeria during Runsewe’s tenure, began to seriously contend for world’s attention as a destination of preference.  The era witnessed the harvest of commendation letters by the Nigerian Tourism Corporation, including those from the World Travel Market, London and FITUR, Spain.

Otunba Runsewe was also the pioneer Chairman of Abuja Carnival Planning Committee, the Carnival edition that has been adjudged by the international community to be the best organized since its inception.  The Nigerian Tourism Village, which he put together during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, was rated as one of its kind at the event.

Otunba Runsewe is a fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations; Chairman, Nigerian Sport Writers Association; Chairman, Board of Nigerian Institute of Journalism; Fellow of Institute of Management Studies (FIMS); and Fellow, Association of Business Executives, (FABE), London.

A detribalized Nigerian, he holds several titles from different parts of the country, including Danburan Kebbi of Kebbi State; Obiagu 1 of Igbo Ukwu, Anambra State, amongst others.

Having held Management and Executive positions in the Nigerian Media Industry, the National Theatre and National Orientation Agency as well as served as the Director-General of the Nigerian Tourism Development Cooperation, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, has come to the National Council for Arts and Culture with a track record of experience and expertise.  A man of high integrity and impeccable character, he has the ability to create a river out of an oasis anywhere he works.  We expect a new dawn in the Culture Industry in Nigeria under his stewardship.

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