Date Published: 05/10/10
May 11, 2010
Press Release from the Ministry of Information
The Federal Ministry of Information and Communications has endorsed the Conference on Black Culture and International Understanding to be hosted by Osun State Government. The event will hold between August 23 rd and 27 th , 2010.
The Honourable Minister, Prof. Dora Akunyili also pledged the Ministry’s support for the colloquium on Slave Trade slated for Osogbo in August 2010. Both events will form part of the renowned Oshun Oshogbo Festival.
The Honourable made these commitments when the Governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola paid a surprise visit to her office in Abuja today. She described the Conference on Black Culture as part of the rebranding campaign of the Ministry. “ Rebranding is not only about attitudinal change. It is also about promotion of our cultural values and tradition”, she said.
Prof Akunyili praised Governor Oyinlola for his foresight in promoting African culture and tradition. She noted that it was the good work of the governor that made UNESCO to recognise the Osun-based Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding, CBAAC as a World Heritage Centre.
She further stated that the conference on Black Culture will build on the gains of the Festac 77 by promoting Nigeria’s beautiful cultural treasures as well as boost the local economy.
Earlier, in his remarks, Prince Oyinlola had praised the Minister for being outstanding , and sought support of her Ministry for publicizing the conference and colloquium being organized by his state.
He assured the Minister of his support for the Rebranding Nigeria Campaign. “Osun State is ready to collaborate with you to make it a success,” he said.
Media Assistant to HMIC