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Nigeria should export her food culture, others internationally — Expert



Nigeria should export her food culture, others internationally — Expert

Dr Sharkdam Wapmuk, a Senior Research Fellow

at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA) on Tuesday

advised the Nigerian Government to also begin exporting the country’s

local dishes internationally.

Wapmuk gave the advice in Lagos in a Paper presented at the National

Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO)’s Quarterly Public Lecture

entitled: “Culture As An Effective Tool For Foreign Relations’’.

The senior research fellow also said that Nigerian music, dance,

literature, films, tourism, festivals and sports should be veritable

means for promoting Nigerian culture.

“Since most Africans can have tough times when they get to China,

Nigeria and African restaurants would welcome and connect them with

their home food.

“Other countries, with the active support of their governments, have

extended their areas of influence by exporting their food culture to


“It is also important for the Nigerian government to export her food

culture internationally.

“The Nigerian government should also provide support for Nigerians who

are willing to open restaurants abroad, just like countries like China

and India do for their citizens,’’ he said.

Wapmuk expressed optimism that the promotion of Nigerian culture

abroad would expose the country’s rich diversity, enhance cooperation

between Nigeria and other countries, as well as attract more


According to him, culture seeks to transmit a positive image of a

country towards a better mutual understanding with other countries.

He added that Cultural Diplomacy would continue to promote

understanding, national image, prevent conflict, advance trade,

economic interests, and relationships at bilateral and multilateral


The Second National President of the Association of Retired Career

Ambassadors of Nigeria (ARCAN), Amb. Olusegun Akinsanya, said that the conduct

of any country’s foreign relations was guided by her national


Akinsanya, who was also chairman of the event, said that the cultural

prowess of Nigeria could not be undermined, adding that it was

important to further enhance the country’s cultural relations.

and stability in any country and between countries.

“We really need to bring more of the culture of peace into our national

policy. What FESTAC ‘77 did to Nigeria is something that cannot be

wished away,’’ he said.

The National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO) was established by Act 93 of 1993,

as a joint initiative of the Nigerian Government and UNESCO during the World Decade for Cultural

The lecture was attended by many dignitaries, including Prof. Duro Oni, a former Director-General of

the Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization (CBAAC), and a one-time Minister of External Affairs,

Gen. Ike Nwachukwu (rtd).



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