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Monday, December 02, 2019

Professional dancers converge @Calabar for 4-day confab on 'Dance, Tourism & Dev.' - ITREALMS

The Professional Dancers and Scholars in the country are headed to Calabar, the capital city of Cross River State for a four-day conference, reports ITREALMS.

The conference billed to commence on Wednesday 4th of December would end on Saturday 7th, December 2019.

The conference, ITREALMS gathered would take place at the University Senate Chamber, University of Calabar, Cross River Nigeria, with focus on proffering solutions to some of the tourism challenges within the culture industry in the country.

The conference organised by the Association of Dance Scholars and Practitioners of Nigeria (ADSPON) is to be hosted by the Department of Theatre, Film and Carnival Studies, University of Calabar, has as its theme: "Dance, Carnival and Tourism Development."

The President of ADSPON, Prof. Jeleel Ojuade, told ITREALMS that Nigeria is yet to meet the developmental challenges in time, space and tourism development.

He also said that carnival as a factor in Nigeria's development efforts needs sufficient promotion.

"The culture Industry remains rich in resources for sustainable development of any society. The world is aware of this, and developed nations have tapped sufficiently from it. Nigerian cultures and all attending elements especially her dances are yet to meet the developmental challenges in time, space and tourism development.

"Carnival as a factor in our development effort needs sufficient promotion. Hence this conference themed: "Dance, Carnival and Tourism Development," is for stakeholders, scholars and practitioners to interrogate the dance art, carnival and put a lens to their contributions to the sustainable development of tourism in Nigeria's sociocultural and economic environment as well as scholarship." the statement said.

According to him, the conference will have Prof. AbdulRasheed Na'Allah, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, as its Keynote Speaker, while the Lead paper presenters are; Mr. YDO Yao (UNESCO's Regional Director in Abuja) and Dr. Bakut Tsawh Baku (The Director - General, Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR, Abuja).

In addition, he said they expected the Governors of Cross River, Ben Ayade and his Ebonyi counterparts, David Umahi, to grace the occasion, alongside the His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife and the Edidem Ekpo Okon Abasi Out V, Obong of Calabar.

Ayo Midele/Editor

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