I recently found an article at the Leadership (a Nigerian newspaper) entitled “How Absence Of Credible Entrepreneurs Ruins Cultural Goods” which explains how a post-colonial trade habit in Nigeria diminishes the revenues from cultural goods as the traders are not credible entrepreneurs.
It makes reference to a paper presentation titled, “Cultural Entrepreneurship Development in Nigeria’, delivered during the World Culture Day in Abuja, by the President, International Theatre Institute (ITI) Nigeria, Prof. Emmanuel Dandaura.
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During the 2014 World Culture Day organised by the Oyo State Council for Arts and Culture in collaboration with National Institute for Cultural Orientation, (NICO), the Oyo State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Adetutu Adeyemi, has urged the Yoruba to preserve their culture to prevent its extinction. The theme of the celebration was “Cultural Entrepreneurship Development in Nigeria.’’
Also speaking, an official of NICO, Mr. George Kayode, stressed the need for the Yoruba to encourage cultural actors and players to become entrepreneurs. “[…] We need to help our cultural actors and players, especially the young ones to turn their skills and talents into vocation.”
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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.