Belgium and Nigeria strategies on Bi-Cultural Ties

L – R: Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture & President, World Craft Council (AR) and His Excellency Daniel Dergent, Ambassador of Belgium to Nigeria during a courtesy visit on the Council, recently.

One of the cultural programs Nigerians can expect this year is a major exchange between the National Council for Arts and Culture and the Kingdom of Belgium.


The Belgian Ambassador to Nigeria, His Excellency, Mr. Daniel Dorgent categorically stated the need to come together and work on projects which will be of mutual benefit to both nations via presentation of fashion exhibitions, music and dance, art and crafts, cultural festivals amongst other noble initiatives. The Envoy revealed this while on a visit to the NCAC soliciting collaboration from Otunba Olusegun Runsewe (Director-General) in this regard.


Dorgent said Nigeria was a country with great potentials adding, “we stand to benefit from some of these interesting potentials.”
He was also quick to state that the project could involve Nigerians and Africans in the diaspora.  

L – R: Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture & President, World Craft Council (AR) decorating His Excellency Daniel Dergent, Ambassador of Belgium with the Council’s Pin Crest.


On his part, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe promised to provide the necessary logistics like venue, publicity and security to ensure a successful outing.
Runsewe observed that Nigeria and Belgium have a long relationship in sports while sharing mutually beneficial economic ties with no less than 40 Belgium companies doing extremely well in Nigeria.

L – R: Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, OON presenting a sourvenir to His Excellency Daniel Dergent, Ambassador of Belgium to Nigeria at the courtesy visit on the Council.

According to the NCAC chief, “As far back as 1984, over eleven Nigerian professional footballers plied their trade in the Belgian league. You will recall also that in the last Olympic, Nigeria and Belgium played the volleyball final.”

In retaliation, His Excellency Daniel Dergent presented a souvenir to Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, OON.

Speaking further, Runsewe added that, “As a body we have collaborated with India, Korea, Iran, Bangladesh and China. So for your exhibition, we will put in our best to ensure the program meets international standards.”

Group Photograph by the NCAC Team and the Embassy of Belgium.

The meeting ended with the exchange of promotional materials between the two nations.

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