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DUNIYA, Gambo G.

A Perspective on Nigeria's Cultural Diplomacy

Gambo G. DUNIYA

Department of Fine Arts

Ahmadu Bello University (ABU)

Zaria, Kaduna State

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Abstract

Nigeria's strategic importance in Africa and global diplomatic shuttles is not in doubt. What is in doubt is Nigeria's readiness and ability to explore the windows of opportunities that are available, due to the acclaimed strategic position that she occupies. Consequently, opportunities abound in politics, military missions, economy and diverse areas of culture. Incidentally, Nigeria's cultural diplomacy has hardly grown beyond the micro level at which it was perceived and packaged, immediately after independence. The result is lack of proper and effective diplomatic objectives that will reposition the country as a major player in global cultural issues. It is the position of this paper, therefore, that the convening of a national summit, that will constitute major stakeholders, is imperative. This is with a view to articulating appropriate and effective objectives that are in tune with current global realities.

Gambo G. DUNIYA, a trained visual artist, with a PhD in Art History, currently teaches at Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria and also practices as an art critic/historian. He has also been involved in theatre practice and theatre for development (TFD) work since 1993, participated in some stage performances and workshops in the performative arts, including the SONTA Conference in Makurdi, Benue State in 2013.

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