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Rwanda: Why Culture Is Essential for Tourism

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An article by Philippe Mwema Bahati, gives an idea on how cultural businesses can help social and environmental problems caused by poverty to be given a chance through tourism.

I quote: “…Yet to turn culture into a tourism commodity, it should be available, as Bart Gasana, the chairperson of the chamber of tourism in the Private Sector Federation pointed out. He remarked that currently culture is too much stuck in museums, which is why the chamber is working closely with museums to see how to promote culture. Gasana argued that the private sector should be at the vanguard, by organizing cultural happenings. One of the possibilities he suggested was a cultural village, and some of those already exist. The one in Kinigi, Musanze, set up in 2005 and called Iby’Iwacu, is rather special, since it is run by former poachers.”

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The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in South Korea presents its views

Collectively, culture is a way of life in a given society. Tourism is the vehicle through which this way of life is appreciated.

In Nigeria, culture is manifested in art, dance, language, literature, folklore, mores, music, governance, and even the environment. According to archaeological finds, Nigeria¡¯s artifacts depicting the early life of the people date back to 2000 years. The Nok Culture, the earliest of the finds depicted the early life of the people of the Nok region North of the Benue River. The characteristic features of the Nok culture, which flourished from 500, BC to AD 200 is the terracotta figurines associated with it and the extensive use of iron. The source of the knowledge of an iron technology has been attributed to the civilization of ¡®Meroe¡¯ in what is today the Republic of Sudan, as well as to Carthage in North Africa.


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