Daily Trust (Abuja)

13 June 2012

Africa: Nigeria to Grace Africa Cultural Festival in Venezuela

The Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation (NTDC) is to showcase Nigeria at this year's edition of the African Cultural Festival in Caracas, Venezuela.

The Director General of NTDC, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, disclosed this yesterday after the Venezuelan Ambassador to Nigeria, represented by his councillor, Mr. Antonio Garcia, requested Nigeria to partake in the cultural festival slated for November in Caracas.

Garcia, who visited Runsewe at the Tourism Village in Abuja, disclosed that the festival which commenced in 2005, is held annually to showcase Africa's rich cultural heritage and this year's edition will feature countries like Nigeria, South Africa, Guinea, The Gambia, Senegal and many more.

Dozens of African artistic and cultural groups like the Benin national ballet company and Gnaoua musicians from Morocco, as well as a number of Venezuelan groups and artists, are billed to perform.

The event will also include an economic seminar, cultural displays by troupes from Nigeria amongst others.

Garcia suggested that Nigeria should attend with a 16-man delegation, promising that the Venezuelan government will sponsor 10 while the NTDC will sponsor the remaining six.

Runsewe said the cultural alliance will strengthen ties between African countries and the South American country.

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