Director-General of the National Council for Art and Culture (NCAC), Otunba Segun Runsewe, has stated plans to move the headquarters of the World Craft Council (WCC) to Abuja.
Runsewe made this remark recently while receiving members of the Association of Nigerian Journalists and Editors of Tourism (ANJET) who paid a courtesy visit to him in Abuja to felicitate with him on his appointment as the President of the World Craft Council (African Region).
According to Runsewe, the tourism writers have formed the back bone of his many accomplishments in the service, noting that they were also the first professional body to formally congratulate him on his WCC African Region appointment, ‘outside of a couple of government agencies.’
Runsewe who described his appointment as a plus for Nigerian crafts industry and its practitioners stated that: “It is a big platform for showcasing art and craft. It is a big business representing a veritable platform for showcasing Nigeria and its arts and craft industry to the world.”
“I am moving the headquarters of the WCC to Abuja. That is one of the tasks I have at hand for now. I have concluded arrangements to that effect and have been given the go-ahead to commence the groundwork and when we are through, you shall be the first to know. I can describe myself as the culture Clemens Westerhof, who turned the fortunes of Nigerian football and footballers around for good.
“And just like our footballers who were not reckoned with outside the shores of the Country. Nobody knew them before Clemens Westerhof came to Nigeria. Let me say that with my appointment as the chief executive of the WCC Africa Region, I have come to turn around the fortunes of Nigerian artists and craftsmen who were also not previously reckoned with but by the virtue of my position at the WCC, the time for Nigerian crafts industry to shine has come,” said Runsewe.
On his other plans for repositioning the industry in Nigeria and Africa, Runsewe said: “I am incubating a great project and vision for arts and craft for Nigerians which will yield even greater returns for them. My being at the WCC is for a purpose, and with time, the world will see it. I am also going to change the narrative for the industry in Nigerian and Africa, as a whole.
“Gone are the days of mere showcasing of art and crafts for the sake of it. It’s all about the presentation and packaging. It is how the Nigerian artist and craftsman package his works that he will be defined by. So we are going to address that, which is why I said the days of showcasing is gone. Art and crafts means money. I have seen other countries package what ordinarily is worthless, but end up branding it as rare and exotic works just to rake in the money. With me at the WCC in Africa helm, now is the time for our artists and craftsmen to also acquire that exposure,” he said.