Arts & Culture

Dr. Ferdinand Ikechukwu Anikwe, Director General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization
Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, DG - CBAAC
Dr. Ferdinand Anikwe, DG – CBAAC

Neo- Colonialism is worse than Colonialism – CBAAC, DG

The Centre for Black African Arts and Culture (CBAAC), is an off shoot of FESTAC where an assemblage of the world anchored in Nigeria, explored the history of Africa, culture, existence and ways of demonstrating the African culture, showing the unique contributions, qualities of African arts and culture.

CBAAC Director General, Chief Ferdinad Anikwe in a brain storming lecture at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka shortly after signing memorandum of understanding (MoU) with University on African Arts and culture, noted that 1977 Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) remained the best collection of arts in the world, both in songs, music, drama and demonstration of the rich cultural African heritage, most importantly collection of beautiful ideas, origin and what Africa can offer to humanity.

‘’FESTAC was the best forum for pan- Africanists to energize the contributions of African cultural heritage of all ages’’ he remarked.

Chief Anikwe pointed out that diverse Nigerian languages should be encouraged for tribal orientations, noting that Alhaji Ahmadu Bello made Hausa language a linqua Franca in northern Nigeria by making sure that any Hausa descent, who wants to study any course in the university, must pass Hausa language.

In that instance, Hausa language became the most important subject in the northern Nigeria.

He said: “State governments in the south east geo-political zone should as a matter of necessity come up with programmes that will make study of diverse languages in south east compulsory at primary and post primary schools as the pride of the zone.”

The University of Nigeria first started linguistics studies but Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka now offer first degree, master’s degree and Ph.D in Igbo language. We are not talking of only Igbo language but African languages in practical terms’’ he noted.

‘’For the African continent to achieve growth, it must have a template to ensure that the continent graduates from one cultural development to the other and eventually emerge as total Africans’’ he stressed.

Chief Anikwe urged generation of Africans to emulate the ideals of the late nationalist leaders of the likes of Nnamdi Azikiwe, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumuba, Jomo Kenyatta, Amilcar Lopes da Costa Cabral, and Nelson Mandela among others who were the foremost anti colonial leaders.

Dr. Ferdinand Ikechukwu Anikwe, Director General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization
Dr. Ferdinand Ikechukwu Anikwe, Director General, Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization

The CBAAC Director General who is also the president of the pan- African cultural congress, (PACC) stood against the belief in the west countries that many African leaders do not want democratic change as they want to be in power for life, explaining that the western countries had leaders who stick to power for 30 years and above.

He stressed that neo- colonialism was worse than colonialism. The simple thing Africans would do to uphold the tenets of African cultural heritage is to prove to the Western world that they are proud of their culture, speak the African languages at all times, wear the African attire, play the African music and tell tales of African folks.

‘’The western countries oppress African culture, fighting for the African culture is what is needed by depression. Every Black Country in the world should value what Africans have’’ he said.

He pointed out that CBAAC has  good number of programmes that would re-orientate African children, partnering with Nigerian Television Authority  ( NTA) to showcase African culture so that rather than seeing the western culture, Africans who are going through the African process would have proper education and respect for elders.  Moving Festival of Arts and Culture (FESTAC) to country in Africa is a top priority for the Centre for Basic African Arts and Culture (CBAAC).

Chief Anikwe commended African Nollywood industry for her efforts in x-raying African culture to the larger world, stressing that the present and future African generations should imitate the late African leaders, look inwards and return to the roots, listen to elders, research on areas of African culture that are gradually fading away.

Culled from Vanguard Newspaper

Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari
Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari

Aisha Buhari unveils Nigeria Rebirth Art Project


The Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Buhari on Thursday in Abuja unveiled the Nigeria Rebirth Art Project aimed at making Nigeria great.

She was represented by the Wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo.

Mrs. Buhari, who is the Grand Patron of the rebirth, said that the need for the National Rebirth had become necessary as the country was being faced with some challenges.

She said the rebirth would bring about society free of corruption, nepotism and greed among other vices.

“The new Nigeria will make the country great as well as bring hope and prosperity to the country as a whole and to Africa in general.

“It will bring joy to us and generation after generation. Indeed, we will not rest until every Nigerian can enjoy equal opportunities to their dreams, pursue and achieve greatness in various field of their endeavours as people.

“The project will remind us that there is a drop and depth of greatness in every Nigerian. We are not yet there until all hands are on deck, we will achieve the desired change we all desire.’’

She said that all African countries were looking unto Nigeria for positive change, adding that If we change, thel continent would also change for good.

She said the present administration would continue to fight vices that hinder the development of the country.

Mrs Buhari said youths were the agents of change in any nation as they constituted the largest part of population of the country.

“I am happy, youths are ready for change mantra of the country and It is now left for them to actualise it.”

She commended the project team led by Cabinet X Africa Initiative, 37 artistes from each state and other stakeholders for their contribution to actualize the rebirth.

Speaking at the event, the National Coordinator of the Nigeria Rebirth Project, Mr Isaac Balami, said the project was an initiative of patriotic Nigerians who were passionate about a new Nigeria.

“The past and present challenges of our nation need to be confronted by the rebirthing of a new Nigeria to enable the country’s future reshaped.’’

Balami said the art symbolised the renewed commitment to national building as well as strengthening the potentials among the citizens to make the country great.

He said the rebirth was a new ideological framework that would “transform and strengthen our homes, offices, schools, institutions as well as enhancing our economic, socio-political, security and international outlook”.

He said the project team would showcase new Nigeria in 20 countries globally as well as going around the 36 states of the federation.

The Coordinator said the tour would build unity among Nigerians and those at Diaspora as well as create positive impressions about Nigeria.

“The tour across the globe would restore hope and faith of Nigerians in Diaspora to bring back home their expertise and knowledge towards building the new Nigeria of our collective dream,’’ he said.

Balami said the touring of the 36 states was aimed at supporting the state governments to harmonise their areas of economic advantages and to raise awareness the amongst the populace.

He said after showcasing the new Nigeria to the world, the project would be handed over to President Muhammadu Buhari on Oct 1.

A Young Ambassador, Maimunah Mustapha, who spoke on behalf of other young ambassadors, promised to redouble their efforts of making Nigeria great.

“As Nigeria Rebirth Ambassadors, we will uphold and represent this Nigeria Rebirth symbol which is the collective dreams in the heart of every Nigerian.

“Today, a new spirit of nationhood is awakened in the hearts of millions of Nigerians, ushering a new frontier of true greatness and quality prosperity.

She commended Mrs Buhari for her contributions toward the development of children in the country.

Highlight of the occasion was presentation of certificates to hundreds of young Nigeria Rebirth Ambassadors from various schools.

 culled from Guardian Newspaper