In a bit to ensure that the 2021 International Arts and Crafts (INAC) Expo meets it’s desired objectives, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) played host to the Diplomatic Community in Nigeria in a Pre-INAC dinner in Abuja.
Speaking at the occasion, the Director General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe OON said the purpose of the event was to celebrate the Diplomatic Community in Nigeria and also intimate them of the Council’s preparedness to host the 2021 edition of the Expo which will be held under the theme ” Networking Nigerian Arts and Crafts to the World”.
The Director General revealed that INAC Expo which was initiated in 2018 is one of Council’s statutory functions aimed at recapturing, re- enacting and promoting the essence of the Nigerian Arts and Crafts Industry and it’s wealth creation potentials at national and international levels.
At every edition of INAC Expo, Otunba Runsewe further stated that, practical workshops and robust exhibitions has successfully reawakened and energized the cultural sector towards economic empowerment, information sharing, skills acquisition and the overall socio economic integration of Countries.
Runsewe who doubles as the President, World Crafts Council (African Region) mentained that INAC Expo has helped to sensitize investors on the need to invest in the Arts and Crafts sector as a way of encouraging Enterprise Development and this has attracted investors in line with the development agenda of the present administration.
The NCAC boss therefore promised the Diplomatic Community that the 14th edition of INAC Expo 2021 holding from the 13th to 15th of October at the Sheraton Hotels and Towers in Abuja, will once again provide the much needed platform for different countries to showcase their indigenous Arts and Crafts through exhibitions and interactions while savouring the fascinating cultural goldmine in Nigeria.
The highpoint of the evening was a raffle draw where members of the Diplomatic Community were rewarded with various artistic gift items. There were goodwill messages from various High Commissioners, Ambassadors of various Countries and other stakeholders in the Culture and Tourism sector.
The Chief host, Otunba Runsewe presented gifts of appreciation to 35 Ambassadors, High Commissioners and stakeholders that attended the event.