By Osa Mbonu
The list of countries gearing to participate at the forthcoming International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) scheduled for November in Abuja is swelling by the day with the latest being the Republic of Korea.
Having secured the interest of countries like Cameroon, Syria, Russia, Ghana, USA, Iran, South Africa and China amongst others, the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has added South Korea to the long list of participants for the exhibition which has been expanded from a solely African affair to a global trade fair.
The Director-General of NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, who visited the Korean embassy with top management staff secured the nod of South Korea during a courtesy call to the Ambassador, Mr. Lee In-tae in the latter’s office in Abuja.
Runsewe, who has been on the road lately visiting Ambassadors of several countries from around the world to garner support for INAC, expressed his delight and respect for South Korea as a country of high standards and richness especially in art and crafts.
The DG observed that Korea will now have the opportunity via the exhibition to showcase its unique art and crafts to the world just like other countries that will be participating.
He recalled that both Nigeria and South Korea have been collaborating since the 80s soliciting for more collaboration in the areas of capacity-building and exchange programs between both countries.
Otunba Runsewe also said the NCAC boss assured his host of the Council’s readiness to host the world in an exquisite indoor pavilion with superb infrastructure and guaranteed maximum security intimating that several components will be included in this year’s outing in line with international standards.
Mr. Lee applauded INAC’s idea, saying it was a brilliant initiative. He immediately directed his Cultural Director, Han Sungrae, to liaise with the NCAC with a view to sorting out the final details in order to ensure his country’s successful participation at the event slated for November this year.
Customarily, Otunba Runsewe presented the Ambassador with some locally made gifts of Adire, including ipad pouches while decorating him and the Cultural Director with the official NCAC pinup bearing the council’s logo.