The National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) has said it is expecting no fewer than 25 countries and 150 exhibitors at the 10th African Arts and Crafts (AFAC) Expo, scheduled to hold in Abuja from August 27 to September 17, 2017.
Director-General, NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, who made this known in Abuja, said participants from these countries and the exhibitors were expected to showcase their unique cultural identities at the expo.
He expressed his commitment to justifying his appointment by using culture as a tool to change the narratives of Nigeria.
“This time, we want to depart from having an expo without media content so we need overwhelming publicity for the event. The expo will be a marketplace for showcasing arts and crafts products such as fabrics, leather and souvenirs from Nigeria and other African countries.
“The expo is also apt as Nigeria needs to record remarkable achievements in developing the culture industry to enviable heights through festivals like AFAC,’’ he said.
Runsewe added that the expo, with the theme “Nigerian Crafts: The Untapped Treasure,” would be geared toward harnessing and developing arts and crafts and other creative endeavours in the country.
“It will be a unique opportunity for artists, craft dealers, manufacturers and other stakeholders to buy and sell their brands,” he said, noting that the expo will play a key role toward job creation and economic empowerment.