By Innocent Orok
A deliberately packaged Nigerian Arts and crafts dominance was on showcase at the Eagle Club, Surulere, venue for the post interment reception for Mama Kaduna, Mrs Felicia Adesola Runsewe, mother of Otunba Segun Runsewe weekend in Lagos.
The upscale venue wore various indigenous Craft works, made from art materials carefully blended with local fabrics, showcasing the very enblessment entrepreneurial skills in interior and exterior decorations.
At the entrance, a canoe fully captured in a row mission, flanked by a dummy of the iconic Eyo masquerade raved the imagination of invitees, who reflexively took to selfies to capture the grand Cultural innovation.
Otunba Segun Runsewe Director General National Council for Arts and Culture ( NCAC) and President Africa Region World Craft Council (WCC), had assured that the burial activities of his late mother, would become a veritable platform to empower and showcase talents and community of Craft entrepreneurs with gifts and skills on indigenous decorative fabrics and Arts works.
But for the musical concert, ably performed by the Nigerian Fuji minstrel Sir Shina Peters, the interior of the three thousand sitting capacity eagle club hall no doubt was the talk of the reception outing as local Crafts and Art works were lavishly and creatively employed to decorate the massive hall, truely reflective of the emerging Nigerian Cultural market, with potentials to create jobs and put paid to reliance on foreign Decor market. The use of balloons and other foreign decorations materials is certainly threatened with this new Nigerian Cultural initiative.
Nigerian rich kitchens were not left out, as guests had mouthwatering list of various indigenous cuisines to pick from, all indicative that the reality that Nigerian gastronomic creativity can compete favourably with other brands on the world cuisines calendar.
Indeed, the Cultural pre and post transition outings for Runsewe mother, had opened up the many value chain in the Nigerian creative, Cultural and tourism industry, hardly factored and appreciated before now.
No doubt, Mama Kaduna is no more with us, the Culturaliazation of her passage by her only son, Otunba Segun Runsewe had enriched the community of local Crafts enterprenueurs , empowering their very visibility and their job creation potentiality, a post Covid19 gains which must push the button of Cultural tourism beyond the national frontiers.
Inline with the Covid19 protocols, all the gates and entrances, at the Chapel of Light Church Idi Araba, venue of the Commendation Service and the reception at the Eagle Club, was manned by a medical emergency team, with face masks and sanitizers for all invitees, in total compliance with the mandatory Covid19 preventive Culture.