Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, Culture & Tourism
01. Introduction, Vision, Mission & Strategy
In the area of culture and tourism, emphasis and greater attention have been paid to the preservation and promotion of the rich cultural heritage of Ndi Anambra in the last two years. The introduction of a cultural heritage festival which has now become an annual event in the state, regular hosting of children’s cultural carnival, participation in competitive carnivals such as Abuja Cultural Carnival, National Festival of Arts and Culture (NAFEST) among others, are some of the cultural activities that have accentuated the state government’s effort towards the preservation and promotion of the rich cultural heritage of Ndi Anambra. Also, the remembrance of Ndi lgbo who died during the Nigerian civil war aptly tagged Ozoemezina and which was spearheaded by the state government has been hailed by many as an icon event.
Greater attention has also been paid to the development of the tourism industry in Anambra State with the hosting of seminars and workshops in collaboration with the National Tourism Development Corporation and the signing of memorandum of understanding with local and international development partners towards the development of tourists sites in the state particularly the Ogbunike cave, Ogba Ukwu cave and Water Falls in Ajalli, the lgbo Ukwu Museum and Agulu lake.
02. ANAMBRA HOSTS MUSIC LEGENDS OF THE 70’s
By Michael Ezenwata & Amaka Muoneke
The Anambra state government has flagged off the sensitization of the public for the celebration of pop stars of the 1970s.
The event tagged resurrection concert for the music legends is being facilitated by governor Willie Obiano and slated to take place at the Dr. Alex Ekwueme square on Easter Sunday being the 16th of April, 2017.
Addressing a world press conference ahead of the event, the Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Barrister Mrs. Stella Onuorah, pointed out that Obiano administration is the first in more than four decades in Igboland to accord these groups the opportunity to play a recognition live show.
According to Barrister Onuorah, the primary purpose of the concert is to establish nostalgia and re-awaken the spirit of enterprise which their music conveyed with its appeal.
She listed the music legends as the One world, Sweet Breeze, Apostles, Wings, Funkees, Aktion, foundars 15, Semi-colon, Wrinkar Experience and Soky ohale.
Speaking during the event, the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Creative Media, Entertainment and the Music Industry, Mr. Bob Manuel-Udokwu used the forum to invite talented hidden musicians to take advantage of the programme to showcase their talents.
Mr. Udokwu commended the Obiano administration for giving a nod to the proposed concert and for ably piloting the affairs of the state with lots of achievements to show for it.
In his reaction, Mr. Vin Ikeotuonye commended the Obiano administration for his good works which qualify him to be returned for a second tenure in office
03. IMMORAL MUSIC RECEIVES PERPETUAL BAN
Plans are underway to perpetually ban any music produced by any musician figured for the act of homosexual or lesbianism.
Efforts made to reach the National President of musical products Dealers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Chosen Man for comment, proved abortive. But when a notable gospel artiste, Prince Chinedu Nwadike was contacted through his mobile phone he was of the view that MPDAN should first of all, suspend or ban the music artiste whose case is now at hand.
It was gathered from reliable sources that the action was geared towards stamping out the barbaric act in the entertainment industry, which has for years gained unwanted ground in the industry.
The MPDAN in a meeting at their Onitsha office recently, took time and deliberated on the matter, and came up with resolution to suspend marketing any music produced by any musician who engages in the acts as for now, promising to ban such music perpetually in few weeks time.
On what prompted MPDAN to adopt the resolution, it was authoritatively gathered that the action was to demonstrate the dealers displeasure over the court action instituted against the MPDAN by Prince Okeke who is accused of having allegedly being involved in homosexual activities for years.
Our sources hinted that the MPDAN will soon meet to discuss what will be the condition of any of their member who may like to cut short in patronizing the homosexual and lesbian artistes in the industry.
04. ANAMBRA TO PARTNER FEDERAL GOVT ON TOURISM
By John Ndu
In line with mission to project the state to global recognition, Anambra State government has stated its plan to partner with the federal government in developing every tourist center in the state.
This was disclosed when the State Commissioner for Diaspora Affairs, Culture and Tourism, Barr Stella Onuorah addressed some journalists in Awka, Anambra State.
Barr Onuorah noted that her ministry had finalized every arrangement to develop various tourist centers, such as Ogbunike Cave, Owerre Ezukalla Cave among others, geared towards improving the state economy and further attract development.
The Commissioner restated that the mission of Governor Obiano administration was to make the state a first choice investment destination and a hub for industrialisation and commercial activities, which when fully actualized would solve unemployment rate in the state.
Commissioner Onuorah observed that the present security situation in the state had created enabling environment for investors to harness the untapped potentials and boost the socio economic activities.
She revealed that the ministry having been newly created had organized several activities such as cultural fiesta, Pop Stars of the 70s, South East Festival of Arts and crafts, adding that its had equally mapped out additional activities for the year to boost the internally generated revenue of the state.
Other activities according to Barr Onuorah include, different free medical exercises carried out by various international bodies such as ASA USA, ASA Canada, ASA Japan and many more.
The Commissioner commended Governor Obiano for his doggedness and commitment in reshaping the state, saying all her ministries agenda were in line with “Aku Luo Uno” policy of the present government.