–As Runsewe Puts Jos on Focus
By Innocent Orok
Nigeria cultural tourism community witnessed its first successful count down to a post covid19 new normal engagement with a drive- in artistic experience, held at the open grounds of Sheraton Hotels, Abuja on Sunday.
The event, shoveled with very tight security, social distancing and a must wear mask protocols, ushered in selected car owners strategically connected to a special program frequency for sound, dedicated pavilions and over forty visitors convenience.
The well illuminated and decorated open theatre stand was centralized and visible from all directions and angles, with the thespians observing the approved protocols, with the Abuja hotel staff serving guests with snacks and beverages at intervals and fully following the established hygiene protocols.
Beamed on NCAC zoom, Instagram, Facebook and other social media page accounts, the presence and on the spot coverage by notable Nigerian television stations added to the glamorous experiment. The print media was not left out.
As known with Runsewe NCAC post covid creative offensive efforts, the drive in open theater was geared towards perfecting the up coming National Festival of Arts and Culture ( nafest) slated for Jos in October.
With the digital interaction attracting over 18 countries, with ambassadors of Trinidad and Tobago, Venuzuela, India, Pakistan and China, the template for Nigeria’s come back to life post covid was on showcase.
Added to the live theatre experiment, was a clinical driven Pre and Post fumigation of the event ground and facilities, with a special attention paid to the dedicated pavilion for the photo journalists and television camera personnel.
Otunba Segun Runsewe, expressed happiness at the encouraging presence of Nigerians and culture enthusiasts who graced the occasion, adding that Nigeria has once again made statements that life has returned in the country post covid 19.
“We are a big country and we shall continue to prepare and not relax. Covid 19 may have impacted on the cultural tourism businesses worldwide, but in Nigeria, we are back on the beat, we are going to overcome challenges and put the right foot forward. A country with 36 states and a federal capital, ready to come together in a cultural show of force slated for Jos in October, cannot take anything for granted.” he explained.
On the showcase of the iconic culture and tourism destinations in Nigeria, the DG of NCAC stated that the effort powered at the end of each performance, is to add value to the business of promoting Nigeria and her people.
“Each performance comes up at the end with a dedicated video playback of selected destinations and iconic cultural offerings to spice additional information about any state on showcase. We also got the Nigerian media backing because we understand the reach and usefulness of keeping the government and people informed of how ready we are in this whole process”
Igbade Ihama, chairman, House committee on culture congratulated Runsewe on the frontal drive-in effort, noting that NCAC has more than justified its corporate relevance and contributions to the advancement of Nigerian cultural tourism beyond covid 19.
“Runsewe once again has shown capacity. He was not waiting to be told what to do but has shown everyone how to rise above the fears of the pandemic. He is futuristic and proactive, no doubt Nafest 2020 in Jos is a reality. The national assembly, the house committee on culture in particular, is proud to be associated with this outing and with Runsewe NCAC, Honorable Ihama noted.