By Osa Mbonu-Amadi
Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) Otunba Segun Runswe, says a new e-library and view centre designed to capture Nigeria’s diverse cultural heritage history and link it up to about 150 countries in the world and will be situated at Nigeria’s new Culture House in Abuja.
The E-library and View Centre platform which is one of the gains of Runsewe’s engagements in China will be strategically deployed to harness basic information, history and tradition of Nigeria cultural tourism heritage and showcase them to global tourism community, cultural heritage experts and students of cultural studies all over the world.
Fielding questions from journalists in Beijing after a visit to the Great Wall of China, a notable heritage tourism site, Runsewe explained that the E-library/view centre which became a new platform to marketing natural resources and heritage sites during the COVID-19 pandemic is now being deployed by other countries to market their tourism and heritage opportunities to the world.
According to Runsewe, who is also the President, World Craft Council, Africa region, “The beauty is that once Nigeria keys into the E-library/view Centre, we’re going to be connected to over 150 countries in the world, which will change the way the world sees Nigeria, including the wrong things they read about us which are not correct.”
Runsewe said that the platform will also serve as avenue to telling the Nigeria story by Nigerians. Nigeria will use the opportunity to tell the world of what we are doing, what is happening and share our history, cultural heritage and our icons which will generate positive discussions and interests about our country, he said.
“I am happy because we’re going to be connected digitally by this E-library to about 150 countries of the world, an advantage which also brings us to study more about digital opportunities which we can leverage to market and promote Nigeria.”
On the role played by the Ambassador of China to Nigeria, His Excellency, Cui Jianchun, in deepening the bond of friendship and culture between Nigeria and China, Runsewe disclosed that the ambassador is not only a visionary leader but has also changed the story of relationship between Nigeria and China since he assumed office in Nigeria.
“His Excellency, the ambassador is all over the place in Nigeria, coordinating and bringing the people of the two countries together, particularly Nigerian youths whom he has provided opportunities to learn about the history and language of the Chinese, and also facilitating the Chinese students coming to Nigeria universities and communities to learn about the history and culture of the Nigerian people
“There’s no doubt that the relationship between China and Nigeria is growing by the day, which is as a result of visionary leadership from both the Chinese embassy and the Chinese cultural centre in Nigeria. I must also praise the efforts of Li Xuda, the Director of Chinese center in Abuja, for the good works he is doing with the Nigerian youths.”
Otunba Runsewe took to the floor during the seminar in China to speak of the good works which the ambassador and his team have done in Nigeria of which one of the gains is the opportunity for Nigeria to connect to an E-library which will open up the country to other nations in the world.
“Certainly, I’m discussing with the Chinese ambassador on how to bring a strong team from Nigeria to under-study the cultural strategy of China, so we can develop what I call 37 Nigerian national cultural tourism products, one cultural tourism product per state, so that at the end of the day, this cultural tourism products will serve as our strategy to engage the world and bring them to know about our people and our diversity,” Runsewe reiterated.
The Nigeria Culture House, which will also serve as the new address of the National Council for Arts and Culture is expected to be unveiled this month, June 2023, in Abuja.