The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has made history in Moscow for mounting the only Cultural Exhibition that reflects the evolution of the national team of any nation participating in the world soccer fiesta.
Apart from the rich display of Nigerian arts, crafts and cultural products, the NCAC’s exhibition stand tells the story of the evolution of Nigeria’s National Team from 1949.
On display at the Stand are photographs of Nigerian soccer icons, Coaches and spectacular goals scored across the decades. The Stand, which also serves as a viewing centre in the heart of Moscow, is daily visited by fans of Super Eagles, friends of Nigeria and soccer loving citizens of different nations resident in Moscow.
In addition to watching the football on gigantic TV Screens, spectators also feed their eyes with Nigerian cultural products and take photographs of the posters of past and present Nigerian players which dot the Centre.
In the words of the Director-General of National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, “the essence of the exhibition is to marry culture with football and celebrate all those who have contributed to the development of soccer in Nigeria.”
Runsewe, who stressed the need for those who have made impressive contributions in all sectors to be celebrated, added that it is only by so doing that people would be encouraged to put in their best in the task of nation building.
GERALD ADEWOLE Ph.D
Director, Special Duties.
From Moscow, Russia.