CULTURE & DEVELOPMENT

Culture and development is gradually gaining central attention in strategic planning on how to reduce poverty and bring development to the common people in Africa and other countries classified as developing. At the forefront of this movement is UNESCO.

In Nigeria Cultural tourism is also gaining grounds; this consciousness was propelled by the sudden realization of the economic implication of promoting and investing in this sector as an alternative economy booster apart from crude oil which has long been the major source of foreign exchange.

The federal government in 2005 also came to this realization when it embarked on its first general carnival tagged Abuja Carnival. The Calabar carnival has also become a popular project of the Calabar government bringing people from all parts of the world to celebrate and encounter the rich culture and environment of Calabar.

The Lagos government is not left out of this reawakening towards culture and its development potentials. In 2010, the first Lagos carnival was organized and the Adamu Orisa play was restructured to advance the concept of culture and tourism by making the festival a more organized and structured celebration where Nigerians and foreigners can come and have some fun as they also learn about the rich culture of Lagos. This passion to develop this cultural sector in Lagos has also brought infrastructural development.

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3 comments on “CULTURE & DEVELOPMENT

  1. The relevance of culture in the development of a people can not be over-emphasized especially with the media blitz from the West and the increasing ‘waywardness’ of the youth who are faced daily with the western values and culture on the media. To be a ‘cultural person’ is seen as being archaic, and not civilized. Our government just pay lip service to the issue of culture . Beyond the issue of festival, what have we to show in our day to day activities that we value our culture in the way we dress, speak, and behave generally even when in the midst of elders? Nothing! No wonder the concept of ‘private part’ is no longer in our lexicon, what is ‘private’ is now made ‘public’ in the manner we dress and the definition of breast is reduced to mere ‘nipples’ all other parts can be exposed!

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