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Day African calabash was closed

It was praises galore for Otunba Segun Runsewe and the National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) at the closing ceremony of the 2017 African Arts & Craft Expo recently in Abuja. The 22-day long exhibition which attracted arts, crafts, and culture lovers from all over the world was formally closed by covering the lid of the AFAC calabash, a cultural innovation which replaced tape-cutting at the event.

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The world looks up to Kaduna for a grand NAFEST

Malam Nasir el-Rufai, Kaduna State governor, has high regards for arts and culture. He believes that “arts and culture form the core values of people’s being and the essence of their existence.” This must have influenced his offer to host the 2017 National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) shortly after successfully hosting the 2017 Kaduna State Festival of Arts and Culture, KADFEST.

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Obiano: The logic of continuity

IT is yet another election period and as usual, Anambra State has found itself in the frenzy of the democratic process, which requires  elective office seekers to woo the people they wish to lead to vote them into power. Usually, in the bid to actualise this, the incumbent is naturally the number one victim of vociferous media attacks and castigations that could potentially reduce their achievements and Governor Willie Obiano has not been spared either.

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Infrastructure and Africa’s development: The PPP imperative

RECENTLY, May15 to 16, 2017 to be exact, my esteemed brothers at the African Finance Corporation – Andrew Alli, Oliver Andrews, Taiwo Adeniji, etc., brought the best brains in Infrastructure Finance to Abuja for AFC live to celebrate 10 years of purpose and infrastructure financing impact in Africa. As I sat on my seat at this glittering ceremony; Acting President Osinbajo gave a most inspiring speech and clarion call for public private collaboration to address Africa’s infrastructure deficit. As I was thinking, I said Chidi if you are given an opportunity to address AFC live what would say. I then wrote this speech which I am very happy to share with all as a way of reminding all that a lot of work still needs to be done to address the parlous state of infrastructure in Africa, but there is silver lining on the horizon and it’s called Public Private Partnerships.

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