Runsewe moves to make Nigeria Africa’s Cultural Market

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…as Diplomatic Community lauds rebranding of Nigerian Culture

By Joyce Remi-Babayeju

Otunba Segun Runsewe, has disclosed that his vision is to turn Nigeria into the best cultural market in Africa.

Runsewe said that he would with achieve this with the launch of a new marketing strategy which includes a toll gate, a night cultural market, a pharmacy offering free blood sugar tests to visitors of the market, and a birthday shop.

The NCAC Director General disclosed this when members of the Diplomatic community were hosted to a dinner during a tour of facilities at the Arts and Crafts Village in Abuja.

He said “The Cultural Night Market is the first of its kind in Africa. Between six and nine months of operating the village, we will dovetail into a night market.
Everywhere in the world you cannot start a night market without practicing the market during the day before delving into the night market.”

“You have to operate during the day first, get people acquainted with the idea so that everybody can used to it before extending it into the night shift.”

“It is intended that when the market is fully operational, one can leave the office at 5pm to the cultural village to shop and feel safe and comfortable when he is there”, adding that the diplomatic community will have unhindered access to the cultural market.

Furthermore Otunba Runsewe revealed that the Council in partnership with a world standard pharmacy will host a pharmaceutical space with free medical tests including blood sugar tests for visitors to the space.

Other proposed facilities in the cultural hub include an information/complaint centre-to enhance quality products and services; and a quarterly media interaction session on developments within the village he started.

Meanwhile, the Diplomatic Community led by the High Commissioner of Cameroon to Nigeria and the Doyen of the Diplomatic Community in Abuja, His Excellency Salaheddine Abbas Ibrahim has commended Otunba Segun Runsewe for his laudable efforts at rebranding the Arts and Culture sector to contribute meaningfully to the socio political and economic development of the nation.

The Diplomatic Doyen parted Otunba Runsewe’s back for his dynamic leadership style,
adding that the passion, drive, records and achievements of the Arts and Culture boss is evidently unrivalled.

This, according to him is evident in the support and confidence the diplomatic community has reposed on him.

Salaheddine noted that the NCAC Director General remains a blessing to the sector and urged Council to open up vistas of collaboration where the Diplomatic community can tap in to showcase their cultural strengths.

Ambassadors of various countries including the United States, China, Bulgaria, Mexico, Jamaica, Spain, Cameroon, Cuba attended the event.

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