THEME: "REPOSITIONING NOLLYWOOD FOR THE PROMOTION OF NIGERIA'S CULTURAL DIPLOMACY AND NATIONAL SECURITY"
DATE: 3rd - 6th August, 2015 (including Arrivals & Departures)
VENUE: Shehu Musa Yar'Adua Centre, Abuja-FCT
HOST: National Institute for Cultural Orientation (NICO)
The Nigerian film industry, Nollywood, has provided a veritable platform for the examination of current developmental trends in Nigeria, culture inclusive. Acclaimed as the 2nd largest in the world, after the Indian film industry (Bollywood), Nollywood has gradually risen from nothing to something, due largely to the contributions of enterprising, private businessmen. The situation is such that, apart from football, Nollywood icons have gradually come to be recognised globally as Nigeria's cultural ambassadors.
Culture, as the totality of the way of life of a people, is critical in the daily existence of the people. One aspect of Nigeria's cultural development that has been in the frontburner is the relationship with foreign or other cultures. Though colonialism seemed to usher in this relationship, it was mere incursion of a culture that felt superior over other cultures that were tagged inferior. With the current peace and security challenges in Nigeria occasioned by the debilitating activities of the extremist groups, there is the dire need to turn to culture as the centre-piece of national development just as countries like China, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea, among others, have successfully done.