By James Ezema
As this year’s International Arts and Handicrafts Trade Show (SIAO) holds at Ouagadougou in Burkina-Faso, Nigeria is to fully participate in the event.
In the expectation of the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture, Otunba Segun Runsewe, the event shall witness a large number of participants.
Speaking while receiving a four-man delegation from the Burkina-Faso Embassy led by Mr. Diallo-Hassane, who paid a visit to the culture headquarters to seek Nigeria’s partnership in making this year’s event first of its kind in terms of packaging, promotion and participation, Otunba Runsewe pledged Nigeria’s support for the show.
He maintained that “With our strong working relationship already in existence, you can be well assured that our partnership with you is total”, disclosing that this year’s African arts and Crafts expo (AFAC) now known as International Arts and Crafts Expo (INAC) which will be held later in the year is also going to be a well repackage fair with well organized and modernized state of the arts facilities.
While briefing the NCAC DG, Diallo-Hassane noted that Nigeria is blessed with numerous art and crafts, adding that her participation in this year’s trade show will create a platform for sound networking between other African nations such as Ghana, Senegal, Zambia, Tanzania etc.
The Burkina-Faso officials acknowledged the fact that Nigeria has some very nice and wonderful products to showcase to the world while participating in the trade fair.
According to the delegation, a business forum is normally organized where countries like Japan, America and many advanced countries from Europe including other parts of the world interact with each other during the trade fair which often serves as an avenue to showcase African strength collectively noting that many exhibitors look forward to this event.
The event which has been in existence since 1988 promises to bring on board a unique and positive dimension to this year’s occasion. The trade show will commence early October and will last for ten days.